Alamo City Moms Favorite Things: 2019 Edition

Keeping secrets isn’t any fun—unless the secret has to do with our Favorite Things 2019! We’ve been working since August to curate a truly special group of favorites—and (almost*) every single one of them is made in or from the San Antonio/South Texas area. We’re excited to share the lineup with you, and details on the giveaway are at the bottom of the post! Check out #acmfavoritethings on Instagram and add it to your images if you visit or order from one of our partners.

The businesses included in this list gifted us with their products but were hand-picked and solicited by the ACM Team. Information about each business was submitted by the business itself.

*Two aren’t from around here but are things we think everyone needs to know about!

A special thanks to our host, Ivy Hall Events, in conjunction with Tim the Girl Catering and The Good Kind Southtown.

About Tim + Ivy Hall

Catering and Full Scale Event Planning.

Unique, Fresh, and Fun. Tim the Girl Catering has been serving vibrant, imaginative, fresh food in San Antonio and the Hill Country since 2011. Focusing on local and artisanal food sources, Tim the Girl creates extraordinary culinary experiences your guests will remember. Chef Tim McDiarmid crafts customized menus for every event, ensuring that your experience will be as unique as you are. The best ingredients, prepared with love, don’t need a lot of complicated styling and seasoning.

Ivy Hall

A lush green oasis, Ivy Hall’s gardens are perfect for full scale weddings, retreats, corporate events, dinners, dancing, concerts, photoshoots, ceremonies, and more under the stars. In the gardens there is a charming vine-covered converted warehouse with elegantly appointed restrooms, a staging area, and amenities. The property also includes a funky container building perfect for an outdoor bar, VIP area, bridal suite or staging area.

The Good Kind Southtown

The newest location of The Good Kind takes what’s good and makes it even better. With an expanded menu and hours, The Good Kind Southtown offers breakfast for downtown commuters on the go, a quick lunch spot when you need a break, and a leisurely dinner atmosphere with a select, curated bar program. Eat with a stunning view of San Antonio’s skyline, including the Tower of the Americas, in a green oasis tucked away from the hustle of the city.

BK Designs

This glitter dipped stemless wine glass can be personalized with any color, name, monogram, or business logo. If you are treating yourself to your favorite drink, you should also spoil yourself with your new favorite glass! This wine glass retails for $16, including personalization.

 

 

 

BK Designs is a handmade gift shop specializing in personalized items. BK Designs started out making custom decals, Christmas ornaments, tea towels, and t-shirts, and recently, beautiful glitter tumblers and glitter-dipped wine glasses. The most popular item to date is the Harry Potter-inspired Marauder’s Map tumbler. It is truly magical as footprints appear in sunlight. Check out BK Designs for teacher gifts, nurse gifts, or any gift for yourself or someone else that you want to spoil! Don’t see the perfect gift? Not a problem; if you can think it, we can most likely create it!

Briscoe Western Art Museum

Family Membership + Briscoe Mug
Member Benefits Include:

  • Free, unlimited admission to the museum for a year
  • Invitations to private, special events
  • Free and/or discounted admission to events and public programs
  • E-newsletter subscription
  • A one-year subscription to Authentic Texas magazine
  • 20% discount in the museum store
  • New member tour and reception (offered quarterly)
  • Museum admission for two (2) adults and all children/grandchildren under 18
  • Invitations for two (2) to private events

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, located on the banks of the historic San Antonio River Walk, brings to life the vibrant culture and heritage of the Western United States. The Museum offers a permanent collection of Western art and artifacts related to the American cowboy, American Indian, the Vaquero, pioneering women, and the many diverse groups that forged the American West.

Del Alma Imports

Favorite Thing

Huichol Frida necklaces + earrings. They are made by Huichol artisans in Nayarit. These are a rather mainstream design for a group that is relatively isolated from modern culture. As an ethnic group they have been able to preserve their cultural traditions well and share bits of it through their beaded works of art. These earrings represent the more traditional work of the Huichol. Flowers especially carry a deep spiritual meaning for many ethnic groups across Mexico and are often seen in beaded jewelry.
Pom Strands
These pom strands are handmade by artisan Javier Flores in Chiapas. These are the first product that we ordered from Javier and through our continual orders of poms and purse charms he has not only left his market stand to make product for Del Alma full-time, but has been able to provide work for 22 other artisans.


Importing ethically sourced goods from Mexico to tell artisan stories, Del Alma Imports supports artisans and their cultures by creating awareness for authentic products and the effects of plagiarism on ethnic groups across Mexico.

Doodle and Blossom

Favorite Thing is

Being from San Antonio, Texas – any and all things fiesta themed, run in our blood. The bright colors, the fun decor, piñatas…we love it ALL – and we LOVE that we get to share a piece of that with you in our products! Home of the original serape bridal sash, Doodle & Blossom is your go-to shop for unique fiesta themed party sashes! 
From birthdays to baby showers, graduations to bachelorettes – It’s YOUR fiesta and your sash can say what you want it to! Retail $17


Whether it’s a “21st Fiesta” or a “Fabulous Forty,” your outfit isn’t complete without our custom “birthday girl” serape sash!

Fieltritos Lindos

Favorite Thing is

Favorite Thing: Cajita Pan Dulce! This cajita will definitely make you crave all the famous pan dulce goodies! This cute and fun box includes four pan dulce keychains, a conchita, marranito, cuernito and last but not least the orejita! Cajita Pan Dulce $24.50 Also sold Seperately: Conchita $8.50 Cuernito $8.50 Orejita $8.50 Marranito $5.00 Pictured: Cactus keychains

Have you heard the buzz? Felt is in! Fieltritos Lindos has all of your fun keychain accessories and floral crowns. These Mexican-inspired accessories are handmade and created with felt by Cynthia and her mom, Josefina.

From Scratch Farm

Favorite Thing is

Favorite Thing: From Scratch Farm’s Wild Rose Face Mist
A non-toxic, refreshing, and hydrating mist. Perfect for carrying in your purse or gym bag. $22

 

 

 

Established in 2013, From Scratch Farm is a handmade business and shop dedicated to non-toxic and sustainable products. Home, bath, and body goodies that are better for your health, your home, your family, and our planet.
Lip balms, sleep masks, bath bombs, dryer balls, bar soaps, tote bags, milk baths, essential oils, and more! {Perfect gifts and self-care items}

Giggle and Roar

Boutique fashion earrings perfect for Fall without the boutique prices. Earrings range from $10-15

 

 

 

 

Boutique childrens clothing and accessories for littles and bigs.

GoSili

goSili silicone straws are nontoxic, flexible, safe for teeth, and compatible with our GoSili Straw Cup Toppers and most all other straw tops. Easy to use and clean!
• 100% European-grade silicone
​• BPA, BPS, phthalate, PVC, and lead free
• Includes six straws of 3 different colors
• Dishwasher safe

 

 

Traverse City-based GoSili was founded in 2006 by Stacey Feeley and Giuliana Schwab with the mission of Waste Less! GoSili designs and manufactures silicone tableware products for the whole family. The excessive use and waste of disposable paper and plastic inspired the GoSili founders to create a modern line incorporating all the practical benefits that silicone has to offer. GoSili is the parent company of the award-winning children’s silicone products brand Silikids. GoSili products make the basics better by bringing an alternative to plastic, bridging the gap between great design and affordability while improving the way we live! A win-win for all!

Hey Mijita

Favorite Thing: Bonitas Who Brunch Tee, Retails for $30 If you purchase two (one for you and a friend) you get $10 off your order!

 

 

Latina/Womens Empowerment Apparel & Accessories Brand

Texas Hill Country Distillers

Texas Prickly Pear Cactus Spirits

Fermented and distilled out of Prickly Pear Cactus Pads (nopales), NOT INFUSED! Hand picked from local ranches in the surrounding Texas Hill Country. Hand Chopped at the Distillery in Comfort. Fermented in Small 230 Gallon Batches. No Corn or Grain used in fermentation process.

Texas Jalapeño Moonshine

Fermented from Jalapeño peppers, NOT INFUSED! During the season our Jalapeños come from right down the road in Fredericksburg, TX. The Jalapeños are hand chopped at the distillery in Comfort, TX.

We are a small, craft distillery in Comfort, Texas making unique spirits from prickly pear cactus or jalapeno peppers. We have a variety of spirits and have created many luscious cocktails such as our Signature Mule, Bloody Maria, and Dreamsicle. The distillery grounds are family friendly (both children and pets) with both indoor and outdoor seating and we have live music and food events regularly. We strive to maintain a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for all.

Scout & Cellar

A bottle of wine, varietals will vary (but all will be clean-crafted ™ and organic!); $20-45

Scout & Cellar finds wines that are Clean-Crafted ™ and delivers them to your door! Many wines have unwanted (and unknown!) ingredients, like pesticides, artificial color, and added sugar. S&C independently lab tests their wines and will only add it to their rotating portfolio if it proves itself to be clean! I host wine tastings for you and your friends to “try-before-you-buy” so you can experience the Clean-Crafted ™ difference for yourself!

IV BARS San Antonio

Favorite Thing

Re-Hydrate Cocktail

What is Re-Hydrate?
Our Athletes, High Performers, and Every Day on the go People. Exercise Fatigue, General Exhaustion, Hangover, Skin Complexion, Jet-Lag and much more. (1000ml)

Our iV Therapy delivers replenishing fluids, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids into the bloodstream with 100% absorption, where they are immediately available for your cells to use, resulting in quicker recovery time and improved overall performance.

Jesilyn Kay

Bluebonnet Towel | Enjoy this whimsical bluebonnet dish towel in your fresh and bright kitchen. This illustration features shades of blue and green on a white cotton dish towel. This bluebonnet dish towel is a part of a wildflower series that was inspired by Jesilyn’s love for Texas in the springtime. It is professionally printed on a 100% cotton dish towel and is machine washable. The towel is a 29×29 inch square. SRV: $16.50

 

 

Jesilyn Kay creates home goods that fit seamlessly into your decor and adds thoughtful inspiration to your daily life. We all want our homes to reflect who we truly are, and adding art that speaks to us can have a big impact on how we view our homes and the little details that make it ours. From illustrated dish towels to whimsical hand lettered art prints, each item is hand crafted with love by Jesilyn.

Lavaca Loca

Favorite Thing

Custom Wooden Spoons for $21.99 (for a set of 2)!
Lavaca Loca got it’s name from the owner’s hometown (Port Lavaca, vaca meaning cow in Spanish). Each item is 100% handcrafted right here in Texas. But don’t worry if you’re not local; we can ship anywhere.
🐄 Tumblers
🐄 Leather Products
🐄 Coffee Mugs
🐄 Engraved Cutting Boards
🐄 Etched Glassware

Custom Gift Boutique

Pure Heart

Favorite Thing

Delicious Pure Heart Pancake Mix is made with pure ingredients and no added junk! You and your family will love these filling, wholesome, healthy pancakes any day and any time of the week!

Completely gluten, preservative, sweetener, gum, corn, GMO, wheat, and grain FREE!
Paleo friendly Can be made with egg substitute and coconut oil (instead of butter) as a Vegan option.
15 oz bag makes three batches.
Each batch makes approx eight 5″ pancakes.
15oz bag $12.00

Pure Heart is dedicated to providing you delicious, grain-free mixes to support you and your family’s healthy lifestyle. We believe good health doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the experience of a fun and flavorful breakfast.

Richards Rainwater

Favorite Thing

Richard’s Sparkling Rainwater and Richard’s Original Rainwater.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Heinichen created his first rainwater system in 1994. Over the next few years, he installed over 1,000 home rainwater collection systems. In 2002, Richard became the first person in the USA granted approval for bottling rainwater. Richard received the first public water supply permit without chlorine as a sanitation tool.
Richard knew then what we know now: that Rainwater is the purest, cleanest, most sustainable source of drinking water on the planet.

Rodkeys CBD Products

Favorite Thing

A variety of products including tinctures, roll-ons, face cream and more! 

 

 

 

 

Rodkeys CBD is a plant-based health and wellness company based in San Antonio, Texas.
We are focused on promoting balance and vitality through the use of phytocannabinoid (CBD) products. Founded around the principles of personalized medicine, we have become a leader in Pure, Potent, and Proven CBD formulations. Our healthcare based/consultative approach is based on over 20 years in the healthcare industry and over 4 years in the Hemp wellness sector. As true plant advocates, we are honored and thrilled to guide you on this journey toward better living through cannabinoids.
Out of deep appreciation for those who help build our community, Rodkeys also offers everyday discounts to Teachers, Military (Former and Current), and First Responders.

Rose Arise Creations

Favorite Thing

Vintage Teacups & Saucers with Succulents 
Retail: $18

Select succulents in pretty vintage & repurposed pots to match your style!

Stuck on You

Favorite Thing

Stuck On You Large pencil case
Recommended retail: $19.95
Made from durable poly canvas
Front Zip Pocket
Fully lined
One name only
Approx. size 8.85in. x 12.20in.

Australia based Stuck On You was founded in 1995 by Carrie Felton, a mom of three boys. A global leader in personalized products for baby & beyond, Stuck On You products are available in more than 15 countries. Felton created Stuck On You to celebrate the individuality of every name, bring joy to new parents with unique, timeless products for every child, save families time, energy and money and help them to lead a more organized life. In addition to a broad offering of labels, the Stuck On You collection includes activity and personalized books, durable and stylish bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles, stationery, bag tags and gorgeous gifts for all ages.

That Cookie Tho

Favorite Thing

We specialize in gourmet craft cookies for any occasion. We offer 1/2 dozen boxes for $15 to a full dozen for $22.

San Antonio, TX born and raised and we love baking awesome tasting cookies. But we also love the wonderful memories created with friends, family and sometimes even strangers when sharing something as simple as a cute and tasty cookie.

The Dapper Donut

Favorite Thing

With so many toppings to choose from it’s difficult to select just one, but my favorite is a dozen cinnamon sugar mini doughnuts. We sell doughnuts by the dozen at $8.50 with a minimum order of 3 dozen and a $10 delivery fee. For catering and private events, give us a call for pricing.

Our mission is to share our hand-crafted doughnuts, gourmet toppings, and exceptional service for everyone. At The Dapper Doughnut, we never do things the boring way; we never will. Our doughnuts are cake style, light, moist and slightly crunchy. Our doughnuts are custom designed and decorated with the freshest ingredients and sauces. Our toppings are proprietary and each doughnut is custom created right in front of you. With our 24 unique toppings and sugars, the combinations of topping is virtually endless. At catered events, we set up our doughnut machine so they are hot—our doughnuts truly can be enjoyed anywhere! 

The Little Goose Celebration Shop

Favorite Thing

You can’t have a bad day with your own unicorn pet balloon! Let her tag along at the office or at home, seriously…you can’t get mad when you have this balloon around. Use her leash to let her “walk” behind you and refill her with air to keep her happy. Retail value : $19 with helium

The Little Goose Celebration Shop is the cutest little shop in Castroville offering unique gifts and fun party supplies. More fun is made during our kids craft workshops and our monthly ladies night out. Life is more fun when you celebrate one another so with that in mind, we create birthday packages for foster children monthly hoping that they feel loved and special on their birthday.

Twang

Favorite Thing

Twang Reserve Michelada Cocktail Mix is Twang’s latest entry into the world of taking the party to the next level. It is the perfect blend of organic Worcestershire sauce, real ancho chilies, real lime juice, 85% juice, and does not contain corn syrup or preservatives. Prices range from $1.99 to 8.99 depending on the size and is available at Specs and a growing number of retailers. It is perfect with your favorite mexican import beer, domestic lager or even Topo Chico (seltzer water) for a spirit free refreshing drink!

Since 1986, Twang Partners has been a family owned and operated based in San Antonio, TX. Twang is dedicated to adding fun and flavor to every day life occasions through the creation of high quality, one -of-a kind salt, sugar and spice blends. Brands include Twang Beer Salt, Twang-A-Rita Cocktail Rimming Blends, ZAS! Seasoning, Twangerz Flavored Salts, and now our all new Twang Reserve Michelada Cocktail Mix.

Turquoise Springs Medical Spa

Favorite Thing

THE HYDRAFACIAL IS A SIGNATURE, MULTI BENEFICIAL FACIAL TREATMENT THAT USES ITS VORTEX-FUSION® TECHNOLOGY TO CLEANSE, EXTRACT AND HYDRATE FOR A MAXIMUM GLOW.

Limelight is an intense pulsed light (IPL) device invented to combat age spots, skin redness, tiny veins and sun damage. Turquoise Springs Medical Spa offers this medical grade, non-invasive, light-based treatment for skin rejuvenation. Limelight offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photo damage.

Turquoise Springs Medical Spa will strive to join your desire to live a healthy and fulfilled life with the latest science and techniques available to achieve success. The fusion of artistry with medical knowledge is what sets us apart.

Whiskey Neat

Favorite Thing

Handcrafted leather earrings for every taste and style.

 

 

 

 

✚ The good stuff, straight up ✚
✚ Handcrafted leather earrings & more ✚
✚ Made with Leather & Love 🧡 • SA TX ✚

Favorite Things Giveaway

We love sharing these Favorites with our team and we’re delighted to get to share with you, too! Want to win one of each of our favorite things (with the exception of the wine and spirits)? Leave a comment on this blog post and tell us one of your favorite local SAT businesses AND which of our favorites you’re most excited to receive. Watch the ACM Facebook page this week for a second entry!

45 COMMENTS

  1. Alamo City Moms always has the best “things” picked! Favorite local biz: can’t go wrong with a stop by Bird & Pear. And now I can’t wait to check out Turquoise Springs. Mama needs mom time!

  2. OMG everything is so cute! I’m not surprised – it is every year! 🙂 Feliz Modern is my go-to spot for gifts and treats for friends!

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