OUR PICK: No. 9 Florals
, 4347 McCullough Ave., (210) 232-4471, no9floralandgifts.com
While Laredo native David Garcia’s distinctive floral operation Statue of Design has already found its niche in San Antonio by creating both traditional and wildly original arrangements and full-on environments for photo shoots, special events, weddings and clients in the know, his new venture No. 9 Florals is still flying somewhat under the radar in a stylishly refurbished outpost in Olmos Park. Blink and you’ll miss it, but the compact entryway opens into a quietly dazzling, industrial-chic space where Garcia and his staff help customers design personalized bouquets (based on budget and taste) artfully arranged in a curated assortment of vases that are worth keeping around and reusing. Although also stocked with unique gifts and accessories (including candles, jewelry and home accents sourced from New Orleans and beyond), No. 9’s second-most popular product is probably chocolate. When On Main Off Main closed its doors early this year, Garcia took over the beloved novelty shop’s chocolate counter, which he’s reinforced with niche products like floral-flavored popcorn and locally crafted caramels.