Small Business Saturday and The San Antonio River Walk

Centro San Antonio
3 min readNov 13, 2020

On Friday, November 6th, our Main Street team members Sylvia Lopez Gaona and Linda Stone embarked on a kayak trip up and down the river bend portion of the San Antonio River Walk, courtesy of Mission Kayak and The San Antonio River Walk Association. (Follow them on social media for announcements on new ways you can engage with the River Walk.)

Main Street Team Members Sylvia Lopez Gaona and Linda Stone (Bottom) kayak the San Antonio River Walk

Along the way, they met up with a couple of the local small businesses along the river. In these unusual times, downtown businesses are relying on their local community more than ever. The Main Street team invited the owners from a proper social distance to join them on November 17th for a virtual webinar discussion to prepare for this year’s Small, Minority, and Woman-Owned Business Saturday. If you are a small business, register for the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88642323494

Until then, check out the following as well as other businesses on the San Antonio River Walk. San Antonians are rediscovering these locally and family-owned businesses again.

Minas De Taxco

Owner Ty at his river overlook outside the shop

Ty has run Minas De Taxco for 25 years. This shop, which has a beautiful overlook of the river, offers various regional clothing, jewelry and gifts. It’s the perfect spot for some holiday shopping or a rest while walking the river.

Casa Rio

General Manager Tom Furgerson of Casa Rio

What more can be said about this legendary restaurant? Casa Rio was the first to open along the River Walk in 1946 and has been serving up trademark Tex-Mex fare ever since. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls, are still evident inside the building. Walking along the River can really work up an appetite so make sure this stop is on your list.

Boudro’s Texas Bistro

Andreas of Boudro’s has a riverside conversation

Feeling a little fusion? Head to Boudro’s, who’s been serving up diverse fare for 34 years. Check out their website for some cool YouTube tutorials and recipes of some of their dishes. Whether you enjoy your experience nestled among the limestone walls inside the restaurant or at a table along the River Walk, you’ll see how Boudro’s transforms a meal into a dining event.

Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub

Tim Rooney shipped over the finishes for the bar all the way from his native Ireland

You must end your night at Waxy’s Irish Pub. Owner Tim Rooney is an Irish immigrant and entrepreneur who is, in a small way, keeping SA’s Irish culture goin’. Many people are unaware that large sections of the interior were crafted in Ireland, shipped over, and installed by Irish contractors. Waxy’s offers live music, games, as well as party bookings. There are few places better to end your day trip or day stroll along the San Antonio River Walk.

Centro San Antonio’s Main Street Economic Development Program is part of the City of San Antonio’s Recovery and Resiliency Plan. The Main Street Navigator team conducts outreach to micro and small businesses to provide support and connect them to critical capital and business development resources. If you own a business downtown, contact us at MainStreet@downtownsa.org. For more Main Street resources, please visit centrosanantonio.org/covid19/mainstreet-businesses

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