Tucked back from the road in a thicket of trees is a wonderful little shopping spot created within remnants of turn-of-the-century buildings. The Alley on Bitters has housed San Antonio’s most unique collection of locally owned and operated specialty stores for more than 30 years. What began as a place for artists to showcase and sell their work has turned into a popular contemporary retail center. Hands-on workshops in creative arts are available, as well as, professional services in interior design and personalized invitations. For the hungry shopper, Artisans Alley has two centrally located restaurants. Madexalli’s Cultural Coffee Bar specializes in Central/South American Free Trade organic coffee and traditional Mexican pastries. Bin 555 features Mediterranean-style tapas and an extensive wine list for lunch or dinner. A farmers market will sell the best in local produce from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday.