I think of this as a toy store for the thinking kid. It's a great place to take kids and browse, stimulate their curiosity and also to get gifts for the young scientifically-inclined.
The food displays are visually sumptuous, and everything i have bought there is fresh and good. Only thing is i wouldn't think to go there to do food shopping. Kind of a disconnect to do that at Stanford Shopping Center
This is sort of like Sharper Image "Lite". Lots of high techy appliances, but unlike sharper Image, many of them are actually affordable and even useful. Travel items for instance, international adapters, alarms, etc. are very good here.
Everything you would need for sewing is here. But I didn't realize that the store also carries lots of other craftsy things besides, and is also a great place to get gifsts for kids. I just got a kids' folding table and chairs and easel there!
Inside san antonio shopping center, Payless is okay for finding basic knockaround shoes. Downscale quality but reasonable prices so if what you need is just basic stuff, it' gets the job done.
If you've ever been to Tokyo or a bakery in a 5-star hotel anywhere in Asia, you'll recognize the feel of Satura. Billed as "artisanal" cakes, these confections are more like museum pieces, and priced accordingly. Their flavors are a meld of east meets west, and generally not as sweet as traditional western pastry. Sample their caramel poundcake and their black sesame chocolate truffle. Prepare for sticker shock, how about $2.50 for a quarter-sized cookie?
This is a small place but very nicely laid out and very light and airy. The exercise room has good equipment. There is a mirrored room with barre for dance and other group classes which is really nice.
This is a cute shop with an interesting array of previously owned clothes. You have to go often to check in on what's there. Particularly good for party clothes and vintage gowns.
This is basically a neighborhood package store, but has decent selection of wines. Don't expect to engage in a lot of deep discussion of vintages, as you might at somewhere like Beltramo's though.
This is kind of an apartment complex for the well-to-do transitional professional. Lots of high tech tycoon wannabes in between marriages and/or working too hard to contemplate marriages. Kind of sterile but functional.