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  • Buying Day of the Dead Souvenirs in Southtown: The Day of the Dead (actually 2 days, Nov 1-2) is commemorated throughout the largely Hispanic Southtown, but you can buy T-shirts with dancing skeletons and folk-art tableau typical of the holiday year-round.
  • Checking out the Headgear at Paris Hatters: Even if you're not in the market for a Stetson, you should at least wander over to this San Antonio institution that has sold hats to everyone from Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth to lesser lights such as TV's Jimmy Smits. See how big your head is compared to those of the stars.
  • Shopping for Handmade Boots at Lucchese: For the adult male Texan of a certain class, and especially for the San Antonian, getting fitted for Lucchese (pronounced Loo-kaiz-ee) boots is a sign that one has made it in the world. For establishment Texas, these boots are a symbol of Texas roots and should be worn both with suits and jeans.
  • Buying "Easy-Life" Potion from a Neighborhood Botanica: Okay, you might prefer the standard love potion, but for my money, getting the easy-life mojo up and running is far more important. Truth be told, there is a lot more to explore in these places than simple potions. Stores like Papa Jim's are fertile grounds for the amateur urban anthropologist. Check them out.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.