Spotlight on Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston-Salem is known as the “City of the Arts and Innovation” for it’s dedication to fine arts and theater as well as it’s involvement in technological research. Many know Winston-Salem for being the home of Wake Forest University, and although the university adds so much to the town by way of its medical programs etc., Winston-Salem has so much more to offer beyond the typical college town. You’d be surprised about the variety of things of do in the city. We will highlight a few of those as well as letting you know where to find Susan Shaw Jewelry in town!

One of the first things we think of when we think of Winston-Salem, is its rich history. You can find so much interesting history at Bethabara Park, the earliest Moravian settlement in the Piedmont, established in 1753. The park is on a 183-acre wildlife preserve with 126 species of birds. You can tour the settlement with guides in period costumes adding another level of fun to the experience.

A side of the city that may be less known to visitors is the tech side. Winston-Salem is becoming a prominent area for scientific research and companies in the nanotech, high-tech and bio-tech fields. A fun way for young visitors to experience science is at a place called Kaledium, which was a collaboration of the Winston-Salem children’s museum and SciWorks (an interactive science museum). Kaledium offers experiences in the natural and physical sciences within its seven indoor science halls, its traveling exhibits hall, the 50-foot/119-seat domed Planetarium, and outside in its Environmental Park habitats (including the ever-popular barnyard).

For the older (21 and up) visitors, a day trip to the Yadkin Valley wine country may be in order. Less than an hour from Winston-Salem is over a million acres of wine country called the Yadkin Valley. It is home to more than 35 wineries and vineyards, making it a great place to visit!

Also in the Yadkin Valley, Pilot Mountain is spectacular sight to see. The mountain rises 2,000 feet seemingly out of nowhere. It is a national park at the summit and it is also home to many trails, campsites, rock-climbing sites and is adjacent to the Yadkin River. This beautiful landscape is definitely worth seeing if you are looking for a day trip.

Now to our favorite part of every trip… shopping! Hanes Mall is huge shopping mall with 128 stores, making it one of the largest malls in North Carolina. But just down the road you can find a truly unique store called Salem Creek, which started as a small antique shop and has grown to include home decor, gifts, apparel, jewelry and accessories as well as a gourmet food shop! It truly has it all – including our jewelry- making it a can’t-miss for your shopping list.

Salem Creek

694 Hanes Mall Blvd. • Winston-Salem, NC  27103

336-760-1717 • www.salemcreek.com

Another can’t-miss boutique is Kim Taylor & Company. Located in the heart of Winston-Salem, they offer Home Decor, Furniture, Gifts, as well as apparel and, of course, Susan Shaw Jewelry! In addition to all of this, they also function as an interior design studio with wonderful fabrics and wallpapers to chose from. We are always honored to be included in shops like these, that pull together an inventory of items each clearly picked with exquisite taste.

Kim Taylor & Company

153 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

(336) 722-8503 • http://www.kimtaylorandco.com

Here are a few of our pieces you might find while shopping in these Winston-Salem boutiques. The flowers, leaves and bees are so perfect for summer! And the pearls transform these bits of nature into elegant pieces perfect for your chic summer wardrobe.

The coins used in the jewelry below carry historical significance just like the town of Winston-Salem itself! Many are made from European coins no longer in circulation, making them as interesting as they are beautiful.

Many of our customers love our jewelry for traveling. It holds up to any occasion and can help you feel put together when away from home. Not to mention, the quality of our pieces can stand up to the wear and tear jewelry sometimes gets in a travel case.

Has Winston-Salem peaked your interest? Go ahead and add it to your list of fun getaways. We know you won’t be disappointed!

Safe Travels,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Just south of Charleston is the beautiful Kiawah Island, home to gorgeous beaches, golf courses and a grand resort. It’s been referred to as the “Hamptons of the South” due to it’s gorgeous mansions, members-only golf courses, and high-end shopping and dining.

Speaking of shopping, we have to mention the fabulous store where you can find our jewelry alongside elegant furniture, bedding, home decor, and gifts. GDC Home is located in Freshfields Village and is the perfect place to shop for your home, for a wedding gift or for our jewelry!

GDC HOME KIAWAH ISLAND

420 Freshfields Dr. 
Kiawah Island, SC

843.768.4246

Below are some examples of jewelry you might find in their store and pieces that you will love to wear on your Kiawah vacation! Pineapples are a symbol of sorts in this area of the south, so these intaglios below are perfect!

Our classic coins and bees are also quite popular in the South and the Cicada earrings have been a fun addition to the line.

These fun tassels and seaglass pieces make the perfect accessories for your Kiawah shopping outing.

You’ll find many places to go for upscale shopping and dining in Freshfields Village. You can easily walk the area and see it all or rent bikes at the resort and see it that way.

There are so many restaurants to try in the area too, and you’re sure to find a place for fresh oysters while you are there. To see a full list of restaurants in Freshfields Village click here.

While we love to enjoy the oysters on our plate, we also love it on our jewelry! Check out our oyster pieces below including some new designs with a pearls.

These shells and coastal designs are perfect for your beach getaway.

The beaches in Kiawah Island will be the highlight of your trip. They have 10 miles of pristine beach and is comprised of two areas: East Beach and West Beach. Besides the many private beach accesses available to property owners and resort guests, Beachwalker County Park, located on the west end (West Beach) of Kiawah Island, offers the only public beach access on the island.

In addition to the gorgeous beaches, the golf courses on Kiawah Island are also a huge draw for visitors. The resort offers 5 different courses, which have been hosts to many tournaments including the 2012 and upcoming 2021 PGA Championship.

If you have been looking for the perfect upscale beach getaway, I think you found your place!

Safe Travels,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Key West, Florida

While Spring seems to be in no hurry to arrive, we have already began to daydream about tropical places. So it seems like a perfect time to spotlight one of our favorite destinations, the charming island of Key West. Their sunny beaches and warm weather are exactly what we need right now!

Other than going to the beach, there are many things to do in Key West. One of the most popular landmarks is the southernmost point of the island, which happens to also be the southernmost point of the United States. Across the water there is only 90 miles from this point to the shores of Cuba. Its a great place to grab a selfie, but the downside is the super long lines.

Another popular spot is the former home of Ernest Hemingway. You can tour this home and museum where Hemingway resided in the 1930s. Legend has it that you also might find some cats roaming the grounds that descended from Hemingway’s 6-toed cat. So check out those paws!

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

While you’re on the museum tour, don’t miss the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum- this also happens to be where to find our jewelry!

200 Greene Street 
Key West, Florida 33040
305.294.2633 • www.melfisher.org

The museum was founded by Mel Fisher and houses the many artifacts and treasures he and others discovered from 17th century shipwrecks. The exhibits from each shipwreck are incredible- definitely a worth while experience for any tourist! Another unique thing about the museum is that their artifact conservation lab is open to the public. So you can tour the lab and see how they preserve artifacts- so cool!

Now you don’t want to miss the gift shop in the museum. This is where you will find a beautiful collection of gifts and accessories, including Susan Shaw Jewelry. Below are some pieces you might find there that would be perfect for your coastal vacation wardrobe.

Our genuine coral pieces are so beautiful and unique. Whether its pink coral or red, it mixes so perfectly with our handcast gold.

Another material you might find under the sea, our Venetian sea glass, gets a glamorous touch when the intaglios are mixed with freshwater pearls. What perfect accessories for your night out in Key West.

The vintage coins and pearls in the pieces below remind us of something that might have been discovered in a ship wreck. In fact, there are many rare coins in the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum as well!

Our blue agate stones pair perfectly with the various unique pendants below. I can see lunching in Key West in any one of these necklaces.

After a day of sightseeing, you are sure to find just the right spot on Duval Street, the heart of the nightlife and bar scene in Key West. Some of the bars, like Sloppy Joe’s have been around since the day prohibition was repealed in 1933.

We hope you find Key West to be as charming are we do. For a 3-mile island, it sure packs in the culture, cuisine, and history alongside its sunny beaches.

Safe Travels,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Lost Pines, Texas

Our travel spotlight shines on a beautiful part of Texas just 30 miles outside of Austin. It may be a close trip from the city, but you will find a resort surrounded only by the beautiful scenery of this unique part of the hill country. The Hyatt Lost Pines Resort is a fabulous place to plan your next trip as it has so much to offer guests. We can highlight a few of our favorite things about the resort as well as show you where to find our jewelry there!

We were so excited when this property started selling our jewelry. Not just because its a beautiful Texas spot, but its so close to our headquarters in San Antonio, that we can visit anytime! If you’re further away, we promise it is still worth the trip. Whether you are looking for a quiet spa weekend or a fun trip with kids, you will find what you’re wanting here- and more!

Relaxing Spa
Adult Only Pool
Kids Pool, Lazy river and waterslide!

The rooms are wonderful! You can have a traditional guest room or upgrade to a junior suite which is complete with a living area and breakfast room. You can even get a second connecting bedroom to the suite for a family getaway!

One of the most unique features of this property is the extensive list of activities. They make s’mores each night around the fire pit, have movie nights on the lawn, crafting classes, and more! There is something going on every hour of the day so you are sure to find something cool you are interested in. And there will be no bored kids!

Fire Pit where you can find them making s’mores every night

We can’t forget the beautiful golf course, tennis courts, nature trails, and the complimentary bikes you can ride around the property! They even offer horseback riding!

Now you can’t miss the gift shop! That’s where you will find our jewelry of course! Here’s a look at some of the pieces they carry at the resort.

Here are some of our Genuine Turquoise and White Turquoise pieces with pendants created from actual antique nickels we collect from the 1930’s.

Why not pick up a souvenir Texas bracelet while you are there too!

We try not to be too biased, but Texas is a wonderful place to visit. You will find welcoming people and a culture that includes a little bit of everything- much like the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort! We hope you visit soon, y’all!

xoxo,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Bethlehem, Pennslyvania

Our travel spotlight shines on one of the oldest cities in America, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This time of year Bethlehem is known as The Christmas City, as it shares the name of the birthplace of Jesus. Christmas isn’t the only time of year to find things to do in Bethlehem. We are highlighting many of the fun things to see and do in Bethlehem as well as where to find Susan Shaw Jewelry- of course!

When deciding where to travel, you might want to check out one of the big cities everyone knows about or you may want to find a hidden gem. In this case, the hidden gem is Bethlehem, PA. The charm of the city, the beautiful landscape along with the many things to do and see make this a perfect choice for your next unique travel find. 

There is a colonial charm to the city that you will love! Rent a carriage to tour the cobblestone streets and see the many historic buildings this town has to offer.

The art and music scene in Bethlehem is definitely one of the draws to the city.  Arts Quest, a community-based nonprofit organization, brings access to art, culture and music to the citizen of Bethlehem. The ArtsQuest Center at Steel Stacks (pictured below) features numerous indoor and outdoor venues for music, festivals and other community entertainment.  One of their main festivals of the year, Musikfest, happens in August. Musikfest is one of the most diverse music festivals in the nation, with 500-plus shows on 16 stages over 10 days.

Gambling anyone? Sands Casino is another one of the draws to the area. Try your hand at the Black Jack table or visit one of the many top tier restaurants and shops that the Sands Casino Resort has to offer. 

If you visit Bethlehem this time of year, you can enjoy The Christmas City and all it has to offer. Their holiday market, Christkindlmarkt, was called one of the best holiday markets in the US by Travel + Leisure. The market includes 100+ vendors selling unique gifts and fine art as well as live holiday music performances. 

The decorations around the city are unrivaled, but their most prominent decoration shines down from South Mountain, a giant star mimicking the Biblical guide of the Magi. Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit more than visiting Bethlehem at Christmas!

If you stick around past Christmas, you can enjoy PEEPSFEST, the 2-day festival dedicated to the marshmallow Easter snack that originated in Bethlehem.  Enjoy the New Year’s firework display as well as the Peep Chick Drop, which happens on New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking for the best place to stay, look no further than the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. This beautiful hotel lies within a building that dates back to George Washington’s presidency. The hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Bethlehem and has 125 restored rooms with views of Main Street as well as the Bethlehem Star on the mountain.

Hotel Bethlehem at Christmas

Looking for Susan Shaw Jewelry? Hotel Bethlehem has a wonderful gift shop that carries beautiful clothing, gifts and our jewelry! Stop by to find some of these designs!

Who says grey has to be gloomy? Our Labradorite pieces show the fancy side of grey- and they are perfect for this time of year. 

Whether you prefer our classic Bee intaglio or our new octagon and pearl Bee pendant, your look will generate lots of buzz at your next holiday party.

Oh the possibilities of Pearls! Our large freshwater coin pearls are a newer addition to the line. We love the oversize look! And look how well it pairs with our Mother-of-Pearl inlaid clover pieces.  

The combination of our Venetian glass and freshwater pearls is stunning as well. 

We hope you plan to add Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to your travel list and looks us up at the Hotel Bethlehem gift shop! You won’t be dissapointed!

Safe Travels, 

Susan Shaw Jewelry 

Spotlight on Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Our spotlight shines on Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, a charming southern town in a part of the country in need of some love right now. Hurricane season has been devastating this year. In Murrells Inlet, while they are getting back on their feet from Florence and some after-effects of Michael, they are mostly back to enjoying the beauty their town has to offer. And it is a beautiful place! We will highlight a few of the wonderful things visitors can do as well as let you know where to find our jewelry in town.

You can find Murrells Inlet just 13 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, at the end of The Grand Strand, a stretch of beach from Little River down to Georgetown, South Carolina.

One of their top attractions would have to be the Marshwalk, a half-mile boardwalk over the marshy terrain, filled with plenty of restaurants and nightlife for visitors and locals to enjoy. Murrells Inlet is known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” and this is the perfect place to enjoy that food while taking in the gorgeous views of the waterfront.

One of the popular restaurants on the Marshwalk, Drunken Jacks, has a view of what is called Goat Island, as it is solely occupied by the restaurant owners’ goats. It is quite a familiar sight for locals and the goats have become well loved. They were taken off the island to safer ground to ride out hurricane Florence, but have recently been returned, a signal that things are going back to normal.

Huntington Beach is another popular destination in the area. It’s a perfect place to spend the day with your family and see the incredible wildlife the area has to offer. The former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, Atalaya, is open for touring and and a wonderful place for art lovers to enjoy. While you are in the area, you should also visit Brookegreen Gardens, another gift to the public left by the Huntington family. You can enjoy beautiful gardens, sculptures, fountains and ponds on these 9,000 gorgeous acres. Boat and Bus Tours are offered and you will love learning all about the art and the land!

Now for the shopping! Socialite is a wonderful boutique you will not want to miss. And not just because you can find our jewelry there! They have chic clothing, shoes and accessories you will love! And starting next week they will be in an all new location! (see below)

SOCIALITE

5200 Hwy 17 Bypass #100C

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 651-2317

We put together some pieces you might find at Socialite!

If you’re looking for a East Coast fishing town full of natural beauty, wildlife, art, antiques, delicious seafood and fabulous shopping, you will love visiting Murrells Inlet!

Safe Travels,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Horsing Around North Carolina

Our travel spotlight is shining on a unique event occurring this year at the Tryon Resort in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The FEI World Equestrian Games is basically the olympics for equestrians. This international competition has been happening in a different city every 4 years since 1990, but this is only the 2nd time the games have been held in the United States, making this year even more special. The games will begin September 11 and continue through September 23.The World Equestrian Games (or WEG) includes all the major equestrian disciplines like show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. Each country puts together a team of their top competitors in each discipline and, much like the Olympics, it is an honor to compete.Whether you are an equestrian fan, competitor, or have another relationship to horses, having a special piece of jewelry from our equestrian collection is the perfect way to celebrate that.Each of our pieces are made by hand with the kind of attention to detail that is expected from equestrian competitors in the ring.For those attending this year’s games, we recommend traveling a mere 30 miles west of the Tryon International Equestrian Center to find the charming city of Flat Rock, North Carolina. One of the cornerstones of this historic town is a corner store, The Wrinkled Egg. Named after a rare find in a hen house, The Wrinkled Egg is a rare find for local and visiting shoppers alike. You can find art, antiques, gifts, beautiful women’s clothing and (of course) Susan Shaw Jewelry.With the games just around the corner, you can bet The Wrinkled Egg is stocked with our chic equestrian pieces.But no matter what time of year you visit, The Wrinkled Egg has something special and beautiful for you to bring home from your trip.And here is a fun twist! The courtyard behind their shop has a couple of delicious restaurants so you can shop and grab a bite in the same charming spot!We want to wish all the competitors in the FEI World Equestrian Games good luck from all of us at Susan Shaw Jewelry! We will be wearing our equestrian jewelry in honor of these incredible athletes and horses! 

Safe travels and Happy Trails,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Newport, Rhode Island

We always love hearing about and visiting the charming towns where our jewelry is sold. Newport, Rhode Island is no exception! This New England town is an upscale summer destination, and full of amazing things to see and do year round! We are going to list some of our favorite attractions in Newport as well as where to find our jewelry!

Touring the incredible historic Mansions is one of the most popular things to do in Newport. The Breakers, once a summer home to the Vanderbilt family, is one of the most popular of these mansions. You can tour the grounds as well as inside. These homes are now just for tours and events. Marble House, Rosecliff, The Elms as well as Belcourt of Newport are also some of the more popular ones to tour. Below is a link to a great resource to read more about each property and see which you might be most interested in.

Discover Newport: Mansions 

Rosecliff, one of the beautiful Newport Mansions you can tour

The “Gold Room” is one of the many decadent rooms of Marble House

The Breakers, summer home to the Vanderbilt family, is one of the most grand of all the mansions in Newport

Susan and her husband Eric posed for a beach view picture outside The Breakers property.

There are a few great beaches to visit in Newport as well. Easton’s Beach (aka 1st Beach) is one of the most popular for its central location and many attractions like an aquarium and a playground. If you don’t need all the attractions, try one of the beaches set back in a cove, like Gooseberry Beach, where the waves are calmer and the vibe is more relaxing.

Itching to take a sail around the harbor? There are many boats you can rent and even private tours with a captain to do all the sailing for you – as well as be your tour guide. Just pack some champagne and watch the sun set over the harbor.

The Cliff Walk is a major attraction for any visitors to Newport. It starts at Easton’s beach and continues south about 3.5 miles. Most of the walk is easy terrain, like you see in the photo below. You can view the ocean on one side and some of the most popular of the preserved mansions on the other side. As you get to the south end of the trail (it continues all the way to Bellevue Ave) the terrain gets more tricky. You can choose to exit at that point or continue on if you are looking for (and dressed for) more of a hike.

Tennis Anyone? Newport is home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a wonderful museum of tennis history that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you are a big tennis fan or not! On the property is also one of the largest collections of grass courts in the United States. For the experienced tennis player, playing on a grass court is a thrill, and you can reserve a court through the tennis shop here!

As you walk up to the Tennis Hall of Fame you will see a number of shops, including Gingy’s, where you can find our jewelry! Stop in to see the wonderful fashions, gifts and accessories Gingy’s has to offer!

Gingy’s

196 Bellevue Ave • Newport, RI 02840

Gingys.com

And don’t forget to check out their beautifully selected pieces of Susan Shaw Jewelry!

 

With all the wonderful things to do in Newport, you will have surely worked up and appetite. And you are in the right place! Newport is known for their wonderful selection of restaurants, of which we will name only a few. Wondering where to find the perfect lobster roll? Well this quintessential New England dish is probably on every menu in Newport, but our favorite was at Belle’s Café in the Newport Shipyard. You can sit outside and watch the yachts as you enjoy wonderful food they have to offer.

Lobster Roll at Belle’s cafe

Looking for a romantic date night? Bouchard Inn and Restaurant is the perfect spot. This premier French restaurant is known for it’s artful gourmet dishes and fine-dining atmosphere in a charming building just blocks from the harbor. 

Fluke is a wonderful seafood restaurant where the ingredients are fresh, seasonal and local. They also offer a bar on the 3rd floor with Harbor views and handcrafted cocktails, a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Castle Hill Inn is the most high-end dining you can get in Newport. This will be a dining experience you won’t soon forget. They offer tasting menus, local fare, exquisite views and top notch service. For a more casual al fresco meal, try The Lawn at Castle Hill. It also has beautiful view and fabulous food and not quite as high of a price tag.

Now if you are wondering when to visit Newport, we have some advice on that too. Summer is the busy season, so planning a summer trip is perfect for the warm weather and having the most to do and see, but also the most people. Late Spring and early Fall can are great times to still enjoy great weather with fewer crowds. This is totally up to personal preference as there is no “bad season” here. Many people rave about coming during Christmastime and seeing all the mansions decorated for the season.

Marble House at Christmas

There are a few annual festivals in Newport worth mentioning. The Newport Flower Show takes place in late June at Rosecliff and is a unique time to see that mansion decked out in floral arrangements and displays. The Newport International Boat Show takes place in mid-September and is full of events and opportunities to see some of the world’s most incredible boats and some new models debuting for the first time. Last, but not least, the Food and Wine Festival, occurring late September, takes place at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House and has tents upon tents of food and wine tasting, seminars, dinners and other events.

The Newport Harbor during the International Boat Show

Planning your trip already? Don’t forget some of our nautical and beach-ready pieces for your chic vacation outfits!

Safe Travels!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Fiesta San Antonio

It doesn’t get any closer to home than this post, featuring the wonderful city where we live and where all Susan Shaw jewelry is made: San Antonio, Texas. This time of year, the city of San Antonio is gearing up for our biggest city-wide celebration, Fiesta! For those who don’t know what this is, many equate it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is a 2-week celebration starting the 3rd weekend in April, centered around the memory of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won it’s independence from Mexico. In 1891, a group of San Antonio citizens threw the first Battle of Flowers Parade, where they decorated carriages and threw flowers in front of the Alamo to honor the soldiers who fought there 25 years before. Over 125 years later, the Battle of Flowers parade is the signature event of Fiesta San Antonio, but there are now over 100 official events that occur all over the city throughout the 2 week celebration. We will highlight some of our favorites as well as showcase some bright and festive jewelry that is perfect for this time of year.

This Mexican Embroidered dress is the perfect thing to wear to stay cool in the hot sun during Fiesta

The first weekend of Fiesta kicks of with a grand party in Hemisfair Park in downtown. “Fiesta Fiesta” kicks off with a Fireworks display, Cascarones (a.k.a. confetti eggs), and a crowd-wide chant of “Viva Fiesta!”  Its a great way to set the mood of the city.What would a festival be without it’s kings and queens? Fiesta San Antonio has royalty representing many different city organizations. “King Antonio” is crowned each year from the Texas Cavaliers Association- a nonprofit organization that raises money for children’s charities around the city. Their fundraising effort, mainly from the Fiesta River Parade they put on, raises over $300,000 per year for these charities. El Rey Feo (Spanish for the “ugly king”) is also a major fundraiser for the city. Each year, two prominent businessmen are chosen to compete for this title. The candidate who raises the most money during the months of May – October is declared next year’s Rey Feo. Each candidate must raise a minimum of $200,000 to qualify with more then 85% of the money raised is spent directly on scholarship awards benefiting San Antonio area youth.

El Rey Feo (left) and King Antonio (right) with Miss Fiesta San Antonio

As is tradition in many southern cities, debutantes are presented each year, and Fiesta is the perfect time for this in San Antonio. The Order of the Alamo is an organization which provides opportunity for these 22-year-old girls to represent themselves in the spotlight of the community. The Order of the Alamo elects the Queen and Princess of Fiesta each year along with 15-25 Duchesses. It is very well known for the intricate dresses and trains the girls wear. It take over a year to design and sew on all the crystals-and they weigh up to 90 pounds!

The Court of Grecian Glory (Fiesta 2016)

Queen of the 2017 Fiesta Court, she will continue to reign until the new Queen is crowned halfway through Fiesta week 2018

Each year the court has a different theme, with each dress representing something under that theme. In 2015, it was the Court of the Captivating Islands and the dress below represented the “Pearl of the Orient” with this Ming Dynasty blue and white porcelain jar motif. Isn’t it to die for??  We always look forward to seeing the artistry and creativity in the dresses each year.
All the royalty of Fiesta carry their special medals each year to hand out as they make their way around the city in parades and school visits. Businesses also each have their own medals, typically for sale and benefitting a local charity of their choice.
Many people love to collect all these special medals each year, to the point where many need special sashes or vests to accommodate all their medals.There is no shortage of parades during Fiesta. The main ones are the Battle of Flowers Parade (original Fiesta event), The River Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. The Battle of Flowers Parade has come a long way from the original decorated carriages in front of the Alamo. The extravagant floats have multiplied and are more beautiful every year. The Battle of Flowers Parade is now the 2nd largest day parade in the U.S., second only to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. It is also the only parade in the country to be put on by a committee of all women volunteers. People have been known to start camping out along the coveted spots of Broadway Street over a week in advance of the Battle of Flowers parade just to secure their seats!

All the Fiesta Royalty rides in the parade, including the Order of the Alamo duchesses pictured below. Years ago a rumor started that the girls in these extravagant gowns were wearing sneakers or flip flops under their dresses for comfort since no one could see. It became a thing and parade spectators would call out, “Show me your Shoes!” Now the girls put lots of thought into what they wear on their feet, sometimes decorating their comfy shoes to match their dress. You can see one of the duchesses below showing off her cowboy boots!Early in the week the Texas Cavaliers put on the River Parade, where barges are turned into floats for organizations, bands, and (you guessed it) more royalty! Below you can see King Antonio’s float going down the San Antonio River and shooting streamers into the air!

Another fan favorite is the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. It takes place after dark toward the end of Fiesta and all the floats and costumes light up or glow in the dark, making for a beautiful night scene.

In addition to parades, Fiesta brings festivals of many types as well. The largest one, which goes on almost every evening during Fiesta is called NIOSA (standing for Night in Old San Antonio). It takes place in the heart of downtown in La Villita, which was the first neighborhood in the city and is full of preserved buildings and old homes, now mostly all converted into businesses. La Villita transforms during NIOSA to a worldly festival, with booths representing different countries and selling foods of different cultures. Here in La Villita you can find one of our retailers, Bird & Pear boutique. Bird & Pear is known for cultivating a collection of handmade goods, many made by the owner herself. With Susan’s jewelry being handmade not 5 miles from here, it was a great fit for us to be sold alongside her beautiful wares. If you’re visiting for Fiesta, stop by to pick up a hand sewn medal sash to show off the medals you accumulate or a coozie for your drink made from an embroidered Mexican dress! And don’t forget to check out our jewelry while you’re there!!

Bird & Pear

418 Villita Street • Building 10 • San Antonio, TX 78205 • 210.263.9969

https://thebirdandpear.com

During Fiesta the whole city is in bright colors! From the wreaths and decorations to the clothing and jewelry worn by the people, it is truly a beautiful sight! No matter what your Fiesta look is, we have the perfect jewelry to accent it! These new cluster earrings below come in many bright colors and are lightweight despite being a bigger statement earring.Back in the 80’s Susan designed clothing for local shops to sell during Fiesta. She did the artwork in the photo below and it was hand sewn into skirts by local artisans.Tassels are such a fun was to show your festive side- whether you are heading to Fiesta or any party this spring! We have some new styles and some new colors for 2018 below! Our genuine turquoise pieces are sought after in the southwest and all over the country for their upscale look. Pair them with gold to dress it up or our teal tassels for a more casual and fun look. They are a perfect addition to your Fiesta style!We hope you get a chance to come visit our fabulous city someday and even better to get to enjoy this festive time of year!! For more information about all the Fiesta events you can visit Fiesta-SA.org.

As we say this time of year here in San Antonio,

Viva Fiesta!!

Susan Shaw Jewelry

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Highland Park Village, Dallas

Our travel spotlight shines on a jewel of a shopping center in the heart of Dallas, Texas. Highland Park Village is a gorgeous, high-end shopping center with original Spanish-Mediterainean architecture that has been around since the 1930s and truly is special spot. We are thrilled to have our jewelry carried at St. Michaels Woman’s Exchange, an elegant gift shop that is also a non profit organization. Alongside St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange are wonderful restaurants, designer flagship stores and a beautiful boutique movie theater. The brick pathways and beautiful architecture are eye-catching by day, and at Christmas time, the twinkle lights will really blow you away. Below is photo of Susan on one of her many visits to Highland Park Village over the years.

The history of the shopping center is really incredible. It is known as the first shopping center of its kind in the United States. Before 1930, all business was known to be done downtown, with very little shops in neighborhoods. Also, before this no one was building centers with shops facing in towards the parking lot, rather than facing the street. The look of the Mediterranean architecture has been maintained since the opening of the center, thanks to meticulous remodeling and preservation. “The Village” as locals refer to it, has been compared to Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive, no doubt due to the high-end designer stores you can find here. Among them are Chanel, Fendi, Dior, Hermés, St. John, Valentino and Alexander McQueen (just to name a few)! The restaurants are also a big highlight to the center. Cafe Pacific is known for their gourmet seafood and fine dining, Bird Bakery is known for their fabulous cupcakes, coffee and lunch menu, and the list goes on. The boutique movie theater has also been around as long as the center and preserved through all of their updates and renovations. They even have small rooms that can be booked for private screenings and parties. 

St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange has also been at Highland Park Village nearly since the center’s opening. It opened as a consignment shop in 1939, but was sold a time later to the St. Michael’s church. The shop is run 100% off volunteers, some from the church and some from the community, and donates all of their proceeds to charities local and nationwide. If you didn’t know this, you’d think it was just a beautifully curated gift shop, with gift-wrapping services to boot!

St. Micheal’s Woman’s Exchange

5 Highland Park Village, Dallas Texas 75205 • (214) 521-3862

Some of the jewelry we have seen at their wonderful shop over the years is photographed below. We hope you enjoy it!

Next time you’re in Dallas, you may want to venture over to the charming neighborhood of Highland Park, if not just to spend a shopping day at “The Village”!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry