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As things in San Antonio cool down, folks are ready to put away some summer clothes for a more brisk wardrobe. But replacing essentials doesn't need to involve fast fashion — or a huge budget — if shoppers are willing to look among the well-organized overstock.

Amazingly, San Antonio's fourth Nordstrom Rack is in the works, also due on the broader north side of the city. Shoppers farther south will have to spend a little more in gas to get there, but the savings should still add up. This news comes just weeks after the opening of a location at Northwoods shopping center.

The new location, which is a bit smaller (but still big) at 25,000 square feet, will be at the Bandera Pointe shopping center off of Loop 1604 and Bandera Road. This announcement, though, does not come with a party, since the opening date has not been determined. It is estimated to open in fall of 2024.

Like an outlet (but technically an off-price division), Nordstrom Rack sells much of the same merchandise as the luxury department store — in fact, 90 percent of the brands cross over, per a previous release. New items come in on a weekly basis.

Here shoppers can buy Nordstrom products at up to a 70 percent discount, although these stores also buy some items directly that never even touch Nordstrom's shelves. (Nordstrom Rack even has its own clearance section, for deep, deep discounts and usually more basic finds.)

Some of the brands carried at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack include:
  • Levi’s
  • Madewell
  • Topshop
  • Dr. Martens
  • On Running
  • New Balance
  • Sam Edelman

"We look forward to opening this new Nordstrom Rack location in San Antonio, strengthening our network of stores, and introducing new customers to Nordstrom Rack's unique product offering," said Senior Vice President of Nordstrom Rack Stores Carl Jenkins in the new release. "In addition to shopping great brands at great prices, our customers in San Antonio can take full advantage of this convenient new location to pick-up online orders and make returns."

When the new store arrives, visitors can fold in their clothes shopping to their other errands in the center, at stores like Lowe's, Target, TJ Maxx, Ross, Ulta Beauty, and Old Navy.

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Nordstrom Rack stocks up for grand opening of 3rd San Antonio store

What A Deal

Not everyone can be convinced to shop consignment. Sometimes you just need a new pair of sneakers — like, new-new — or a few sizes to choose from. Sometimes you just need a wall of formerly $300 sunglasses.

Residents in the northern areas of San Antonio seem to relate to this, keeping two Nordstrom Rack locations afloat in Alamo Heights and the Northwest Side.

But it just wasn't enough for these deal-hungry shoppers. A third location will be opening at Northwoods Shopping Center on September 7. A grand opening that day will introduce shoppers to the new store with snacks, coffee, gift cards, "and more," according to a press release. Sad news for southern San Antonians: the Nordstrom Rack score is now 0-3.

Like an outlet (but technically an off-price division), Nordstrom Rack sells much of the same merchandise as the luxury department store — in fact, 90 percent of the brands cross over, per the release.

Think of it as a big clearance rack for Nordstrom products, although these stores also buy some items directly that never even touch Nordstrom's shelves. (Nordstrom Rack also has its own clearance section, which is usually basic but fun for chaotic shoppers who love calculating percentages and cackling maniacally.)

This all means huge savings across the 35,000-square-foot store on a regular basis. Shoppers may see up to 70 percent off some price tags, and if they've exhausted their options during one visit, there will always be more conquests within the next week's delivery.

Some of the brands carried at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack include:

  • Levi’s
  • Madewell
  • Topshop
  • Dr. Martens
  • On Running
  • New Balance
  • Sam Edelman

There is some good news for shoppers who don't live close to this new location: Nordstrom Rack has a huge online collection (12,481 women's clothing items at the time of writing). Shoppers can even order online and return in-store, which is a great way to find a consolation prize.

Nordstrom Rack partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, and will invite some "Littles" in for spring season shopping on a gift card in advance of the opening. The long-term partnership has generated $1.5 million in support of the nonprofit, which sets up mentor relationships for personal, academic, and even career success.

The new store at located will open at at 18134 San Pedro Ave. on September 7 at 9 am.

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New holiday pop-up shop tops this week's 5 hottest San Antonio headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. From a holiday pop-up shop to twinkling Hill Country towns, here are the five most-read stories over the past seven days.

1. Holiday pop-up store lights up with 3 San Antonio makers. For San Antonians looking to shop small this holiday season — while still finding unique gifts — a new type of retail store downtown offers both. The Holidays on Houston Street Pop-up is a retail store that sells products from local small businesses and artisans, who run the shop themselves.

2. This is the average holiday shopping budget for a San Antonio household. Santa and his elves get busier with every passing year, but sometimes even Kris Kringle has to use his black card to get the job done. And according to a new study by Wallethub, Santa's gonna be working overtime to fulfill the orders for residents of San Antonio and New Braunfels this holiday season.

3. 'The twinkliest town in Texas' and 6 other Hill Country locales become Christmas wonderlands. Throughout December, the Hill Country rolls out the twinkle lights and garlands to give city slickers some Christmas razzle-dazzle. Unpack a cozy sweater, cue a playlist, and fire up the sleigh.

4. What’s brewing in San Antonio: Vista Brewing and Growler Exchange launch new locations.Here's our latest roundup of everything that's brewing in San Antonio, including a second Growler Exchange and a new home for Vista Brewing San Antonio.

5. Hill Country's famous Salt Lick BBQ smokes out new location in Fredericksburg. A storied Central Texas barbecue joint is heading for the hills. Driftwood institution the Salt Lick BBQ is set to open a new outpost in Fredericksburg along the Highway 290 Wine Trail.

San Antonio sparkles and shines as No. 5 most festive city in the U.S. for 2023

on the nice list

San Antonio homes, businesses, and special events that go all out to deck their halls for the holidays have not gone unnoticed. San Antonio has been named No. 5 most festive city in the United States.

A new study by home services provider Thumbtack puts San Antonio at the top of the nice list this year. The report compiled data from millions of Christmas-related home projects across all 50 states between October 2022 to November 2023 to reveal their list of the most festive cities in the nation.

San Antonio is on the rise, after the city previously ranked No. 10 in the 2022 report. And while Thumbtack specifically focuses on home holiday projects, San Antonio residents certainly can glean inspiration from the city's many festive displays, and several surrounding Hill Country winter wonderlands.

Texas cities dominated the top 10, with Austin (No. 1), Dallas-Fort Worth (No. 2), and Houston (No. 3) ranking just ahead of San Antonio to claim the top three most festive U.S. cities. Rounding out the top five is Seattle, Washington in the No. 4 spot.

The average cost to hire a holiday lighting specialist, Thumbtack says, is between $168-$300, with other requests like wrapping outdoor trees tacking on an additional cost. If San Antonians are looking to outsource their exterior home decorating to a specialist, they're already past the peak time to hire one, Thumbtack says. Americans most frequently hang their holiday lights and Christmas decorations during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the report.

"Whether you’re looking to make your home a brightly lit winter wonderland or simply looking to add a few festive touches to your home’s exterior — sprucing up your home’s exterior with lights is an exciting part of getting into the holiday spirit," said Thumbtack design expert Morgan Olsen in the report. "Hiring a holiday lighting specialist can help you avoid stress (and unwanted injuries) so you can focus on enjoying the season."

Thumbtack's top 10 most festive cities in the U.S. for 2023 are:

  • No. 1 – Austin, Texas
  • No. 2 – Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  • No. 3 – Houston, Texas
  • No. 4 – Seattle, Washington
  • No. 5 – San Antonio, Texas
  • No. 6 – Atlanta, Georgia
  • No. 7 – Phoenix, Arizona
  • No. 8 – Tampa, Florida
  • No. 9 – Denver, Colorado
  • No. 10 – Orlando, Florida

Director Todd Haynes tackles inappropriate relationships in May December

Movie Review

Director Todd Haynes has pushed buttons throughout his career, starting with his acclaimed short film, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, which used Barbie dolls to illustrate the late singer’s anorexia battle. He’s at it again with his latest, May December, which tackles the idea of highly inappropriate relationships through a lens that itself has the potential to be upsetting.

Elizabeth (Natalie Portman), an acclaimed actress, has traveled to Savannah, Georgia to shadow Gracie (Julianne Moore) in preparation for a movie in which Elizabeth will play Gracie. That movie tackles the beginnings of Gracie’s relationship with Joe (Charles Melton), when he was a 13-year-old seventh grader and she was a 36-year-old pet shop worker. The shocking tryst resulted in much controversy, a child, and a jail stint for Gracie, but the couple professed their love for each other through it all.

Twenty years later, they’re still together, having added two more kids to their family, children who happen to be the same age as Gracie’s grandkids from her previous relationship. Elizabeth wants to experience it all, bouncing from person to person to try to understand exactly who Gracie is and was. Striving for authenticity in her performance, however, soon takes her down a Method acting rabbit hole.

Directed by Haynes from a script by Samy Burch, and loosely based on the story of teacher Mary Kay Letourneau and her 12-year-old student, Vili Fualaau, the film treats Gracie and Joe’s relationship in a relatively straightforward manner. It details a benign life in which they have the love of their kids and some neighbors, even if they occasionally get a box full of poop on their doorstep.

It’s the arrival of Elizabeth that sends things spiraling, as her various conversations trigger responses from both Gracie and Joe that they seem not to expect. Haynes alternates between being serious and being campy, with not enough of each for either for them to seem to be the goal. The score gives off a less-than-serious vibe, and an early scene in which a mundane thing is treated as if it were happening in a soap opera points in the campy direction, but those type of moments are few and far between.

In casting Portman as the obsessive actor, Haynes may have been trying to offer up echoes of her Oscar-winning role in Black Swan. It’s no small irony that the person who comes off as the most craven in such a sordid story is the actor who everybody wants to be around, not the woman who became a pariah because she is a sex offender. In that and other ways, Haynes upends expectations, keeping the film interesting even through its slower moments.

Portman and Moore are ideal for their respective roles, Portman because she has a knack for portraying confidence and guile, and Moore due to her ability to manipulate at will. Melton, best known for playing Reggie on Riverdale, pales in comparison due to his less showy role, but he complements the story well. Special notice goes to Elizabeth Yu as Gracie and Joe’s daughter Mary, who shines in her limited scenes.

The story of May December contains elements that will creep certain viewers out, whether it’s the subject matter itself or the performances of the two great lead actors. Haynes has a way of getting under the skin with his storytelling, and this film is yet another great example.

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May December is now available on Netflix.

Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore in May December

Photo by François Duhamel / Courtesy of Netflix

Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore in May December.