San Antonio is the seventh most populated city in the United States of America and the second most populated city in the state of Texas. It was the fastest growing of the top 10 largest cities in the United States from 2000 to 2010, and the second from 1990 to 2000. The city is located in the American Southwest, the south–central part of Texas, and the southwestern corner of an urban region known as the Texas Triangle.
San Antonio serves as the seat of Bexar County. Recent annexations have extended the city’s boundaries into Medina County and, though for only a very tiny area near the city of Garden Ridge, into Comal County. The city has characteristics of other western urban centers in which there are sparsely populated areas and a low density rate outside of the city limits. San Antonio is the center of the San Antonio–New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Commonly referred to as Greater San Antonio, the metropolitan area has a population of over 2.3 million based on the 2014 US Census estimate, making it the 25th-largest metropolitan area in the United States and third-largest in the state of Texas. Growth along the Interstate 35 and Interstate 10 corridors to the north, west and east make it likely that the metropolitan area will continue to expand.
San Antonio was named for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is on June 13, by a 1691 Spanish expedition in the area. It is notable forSpanish colonial missions, the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, the Alamo Bowl, and Marriage Island. Commercial entertainment includes SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks. The city is home to the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and hosts the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest such events in the country.
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio (“the Alamo”), located in Downtown, is Texas’ top tourist attraction. Because of the mission, San Antonio is often called the “Alamo City”. The River Walk, which meanders through the Downtown area, is the city’s second-most-visited attraction, giving it the additional nickname of “River City.”
The Downtown Area also features San Fernando Cathedral, The Majestic Theatre, HemisFair Park (home of the Tower of the Americas, and UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures), La Villita, Market Square, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, and the historic Menger Hotel. On the northern side of the Alamo complex, beside the Emily Morgan Hotel, is the San Antonio Cavalry Museum, which features cavalry artifacts and exhibits.
FOREVER FLAWLESS Store-The Shops at La Cantera
The Forever Flawless Store is located at The Shops at La Cantera an upscale open-air regional shopping mall located in far northwest San Antonio, Texas, USA, near the Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 interchange, in the city’s La Cantera District. The initial phase of the project opened on September 16, 2005. The 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) center sits on a 150-acre (0.61 km2) site in La Cantera, a 1,700-acre (6.9 km2) master-planned resort community being developed by USAA Real Estate Company. (La Cantera is also home to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Westin La Cantera Resort and Spa and two world-class golf courses, The Palmer Course at La Cantera and The Westin Resort Course, which was home to the PGA Valero Texas Open.)
The concept for the center was originally developed and conceived by The Rouse Company under a joint venture with USAA Real Estate Company. (The Rouse Company also developed San Antonio’s North Star Mall.) General Growth Properties acquired The Rouse Company in November 2004.
The shopping center was designed by the local architectural firm Alamo Architects. The shopping center is designed as a single-level, garden-like “retail village” with varied storefronts, shared arcades, and subtle water features. The overall architectural style of the center has a Texas Hill Country vernacular style. The Shops at La Cantera includes the first Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom in San Antonio and new stores from Dillard’s and Foley’s (now Macy’s). There are also more than 150 other shops and restaurants, including newcomers to the market such as Burberry, Tiffany & Co., Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers, BCBG Max Azria, Apple, Lacoste, and Tumi.
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