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Best Appliance/TV Repair
Mr. Wizard's Electronics Service

For as long as we've had technology we have had malfunctions. That's where the experts at Mr. Wizard's comes in. Nobody beats the Wiz at fixing the old, new, and blue screen of death. So if you have a short circuit, no disassemble, go see the wonderful wizards of electronics.

Mr. Wizard's Electronics Service, 1507 W. North Loop, 512/454-1137

Best Auto Service/Repair
Yost

Family-owned and -operated for more than 20 years, Yost Automotive specializes in honest, affordable car care. The multi-year BOA award-winner can fix up even the most weary of customers with vehicle inspections, diagnostics, tune-ups, and pretty much anything else your car might need. It’s your Yostest with the mostest – now with two convenient North Lamar locations.

Yost Automotive, 5415 N. Lamar, 512/374-9678, www.yostauto.com

Yost Automotive, 6517 N. Lamar, 512/452-9678, www.yostauto.com

Best Barbershop
Birds Barbershop

In days of yore, barbers were also dentists and surgeons. Let's clasp hands and collectively thank whomever's responsible for our current disambiguation. Not that we wouldn't welcome the chairside manner of our favorite Bird's haircutter over our gastrointestinal specialist, but next time you're in that chair at Birds Barbershop, we'd like you to think about a perm/wisdom-tooth extraction double-appointment.

Birds Barbershop, 2110 S. Lamar, 512/442-8800, www.birdsbarbershop.com

Birds Barbershop, 6800 Burnet, 512/454-1200, www.birdsbarbershop.com

Birds Barbershop, 1107 E. Sixth, 512/457-0400, www.birdsbarbershop.com

4 more locations

Best Bicycle Repair
Bicycle Sport Shop

Serving Austin's cycling needs since 1983, this once-humble shop has blossomed into a local institution. Their commitment to service, love of the road, and helpful attitude make them a sure bet. We recommend their free maintenance tutorials for the noobs, and they also offer advanced courses to experienced riders to keep everyone on the road, where they belong.

Bicycle Sport Shop, 10947 Research, 512/345-7460, www.bicyclesportshop.com

Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 S. Lamar, 512/477-3472, www.bicyclesportshop.com

Bicycle Sport Shop, 9900 W. Parmer, 512/637-6890

Best Car Wash
Genie

No wish-granting saps, genies (or jinn) are figures mentioned in the Quran as being made from the "smokeless flame of fire," and like humans and angels, are a manifest creation of the divine. We like to ponder this as we watch our car glide through the rollers and doo-bobbers of Genie Car Wash. Adds some gravity to the day.

Genie Car Wash, 7320 Burnet, 512/451-9274, www.geniecw.com

Genie Car Wash, 1311 S. Lamar, 512/444-9274, www.geniecw.com

Genie Car Wash, 1021 W. William Cannon, 512/416-9274, www.geniecw.com

Best Computer Repair
Discount Electronics

We know the anxiety inherent in taking your lappy-toppy in for repairs: There's the twitching when you're asked to reach for your credit card, and that persistent feeling that you might throw up in your mouth (just a little bit). But take a chill pill (Silicon Valley of the Dolls? Anyone?) because your precious precious is in good hands. Not only are the DE folks smart and friendly, but they're fast – letting you get back to … whatever it is you do online.

Discount Electronics, 1011 W. Anderson, 512/983-9989, www.discountelectronics.com

Discount Electronics, 9711 Manchaca Rd., 512/458-8612, www.discountelectronics.com

Discount Electronics, 1001 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/637-7051, www.discountelectronics.com

Best Dry Cleaner
Rick's Cleaners

Goo on your gown? Tea on your tux? Schmutz on your schmata? That's what a schmata's for! But we know where you can take the other two items – and with 15 Austin area locations, there's bound to be a Rick's nearby.

Rick's Cleaners, 5324 Cameron, 512/452-2200, www.rickscleaners.com

Rick's Cleaners, 3652 Bee Caves Rd., 512/327-6846, www.rickscleaners.com

Rick's Cleaners, 7435 Burnet Rd., 512/454-7425, www.rickscleaners.com

12 more locations

Best Florist
Freytag's

Love in the bud? A flowering romance? Passion a'bloom? Look no further than Freytag. Austin’s biggest and (our readers say) best florist, this shop offers a jaw-dropping selection of posies too pretty to be put in a pocket. If nothing tickles your fancy upon the first go-round, ask for a tour of the back. Three refrigerated rooms deep, we promise they have whatever flowers you're looking for, plus some you never knew existed. No wonder they’ve been fresh-picked six years in a row.

Freytag's Florist, 2211 W. Anderson, 512/371-5640, www.freytagsflorist.com

Best Hair Salon
TIE: Garbo; Wet

In a town as glamorous (and vain) as Austin, there's no shortage of hip salons to duke it out for a slice of the crowd. South of the river, Wet Salon combines experienced colorists with plenty of Shock Top. Garbo is the 30-year veteran of the cosmo scene, offering the north side a relaxed atmosphere and reasonably priced hair, makeup, and nail services. Whichever chair our readers choose, they be stepping out looking good – and knowing it.

Garbo Salon and Spa, 7739 Northcross Ste. K-L, 512/458-4162, www.garboasalon.com

Wet Salon, 1109 S. Congress, 512/444-7375, www.wetsalonatx.com

Best Landscape Services
Fertile Ground

Oh, sod this forsaken drought! Now that water restrictions are the way of life for Central Texans, sustainability has gone from catchphrase to de rigueur. Lucky for us, the team at Fertile Ground has us covered with native garden designs and installations that are modern, fresh, and functional. Landscape lifesavers, both for the homeowner and the environment.

Fertile Ground Organic Gardens, 3303 Breedlove, 512/340-0432, www.fertilegroundgardens.com

Best Laundromat
SpinZone

[A passive-aggressive note forwarded to the offices of The Austin Chronicle]
Hello,
You may not realize that, for the cost of a night out drinking, you can drop that pile of laundry that's been sitting in that corner for (uh … how long?) some time off at SpinZone. Not only will the nice folks wash your items, but they'll fold them, too.
We wish you would.
Very sincerely,
A. Roommate

SpinZone, 6307 Cameron, 512/454-6600, www.spinzonewash.com

SpinZone, 1909 E. Willam Cannon, 512/326-2200, www.spinzonewash.com

SpinZone, 2424 S. Congress, 512/447-2700, www.spinzonewash.com

Best Movers
Two Men and a Truck

Begun in Michigan by a mother and her two sons, Two Men and a Truck has grown into the largest franchised moving company in the nation. They must have been doing something right all these years, because they've now risen to the top of our readers' list. Our favorite thing about them? The Grandma Rule: "To treat everyone the way you'd want your grandma treated."

Two Men and a Truck, 1600 W. Ben White Blvd., 512/416-6800, www.twomenandatruck.com

Two Men and a Truck, 10435 Burnet Rd. Ste. 118, 512/900-2606, www.twomenandatruck.com

Two Men and a Truck, 12633 Research Blvd., 512/900-2601, www.twomenandatruck.com

Best Music Services
Strait Music Company

There are two things you remember: Dropping that G (or two) on Timmy's new French Horn, and the moment you accidentally ran over it in your driveway. Fearing the worst, but hoping for the best, you bring it to the good instrument doctors at Strait Music. They've seen it all, rest assured, and will repair Timmy's French Horn in time for the big concert; he's first chair, and the only thing he'll remember is that you were there. And the next time, the only thing you'll remember: Rental.

Strait Music Co., 2428 W. Ben White, 512/476-6927, www.straitmusic.com

Strait Music Co., 13945 Hwy 183 N., 512/918-3743, www.straitmusic.com

Best Pest Control
ABC Home & Commercial Services

Pests are a menace. Whether it’s the torment of summer mosquitoes or the litany of creepy crawlies that call Central Texas home, there’s no love lost between us and them. Lucky for us, the 60+ years ABC has been tending to Austin’s residential and commercial needs have given them a definitive advantage over the pests that plague us. And the new generation of bug busters continues the tradition of customer service that feels more like family than friend. No wonder they’re an Austin institution.

ABC Home and Commercial Services, 9475 Hwy. 290 E., 512/837-9500, www.abchomeandcommercial.com

ABC Home and Commercial Services, 202 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, 512/819-9140, www.abchomeandcommercial.com

ABC Home and Commercial Services, 208 S. Guadalupe, San Marcos, 512/392-9500, www.abchomeandcommercial.com

ABC Home and Commercial Services, 1010 College, Bastrop, 512/308-1274, www.abchomeandcommercial.com

Best Pet Services
Mud Puppies

Boarding! Grooming! Doggy daycare! RUFF (that means "Yes, please!"). Mud Puppies offers services for dog lovers that will make your tail wag. From luxurious grooming sessions for down-and-dirty dawgs and self-serve wash stations for those who prefer to get paws-on, to training in group or one-on-one for pouty pooches, this one-stop shop knows what's up with every pup.

Mud Puppies, 2015 E. Riverside Bldg. 9, 512/912-0200, www.mud-puppies.com

Mud Puppies, 12233 FM 620 N. Ste. 110-A, 512/249-2498, www.mud-puppies.com

Best Printer/Copies
Kinko's/FedEx

FedEx Kinko's dropped its surname in favor of the bland-as-wallpaper-paste "FedEx Office" back in 2008. But it's real cute the way Austinites just can't quit Kinko's. (No, literally. Our readers vote for "Kinko's.") We're guessing it's all those late nights you spent there, copying your new zine for distribution at your friend's show – and the discount your friend, Brenda (a former lover of a lover), gave you at the counter. Shout out, Brenda. Shout out, Kinko's.

FedEx Office, 6406 N. I-35 Ste. 1210, 512/452-3600, www.fedex.com/us/office

FedEx Office, 327 Congress #100, 512/472-4448, www.fedex.com/us/office

FedEx Office, 2901-C Medical Arts, 512/476-3242, www.fedex.com/us/office

5 more locations

Best Shoe Repair
Austin Shoe Hospital

Although they have no ambulances to dispatch, Austin Shoe Hospital is dedicated to the health care of local footwear. With multiple convenient locations and the option of mail-order repair, Austin Shoe Hospital has made it clear that they are ready to serve at the feet of Austinites. Since its opening in Houston in 1906, and with no shoe care reforms or deductibles in sight, ASH is the place footwear can feel safe.

Austin Shoe Hospital, 1911 W. Ben White, 512/440-8788, www.austinshoehospital.com

Austin Shoe Hospital, 3106 Windsor, 512/477-6515, www.austinshoehospital.com

Austin Shoe Hospital, 720 Congress, 512/477-5078, www.austinshoehospital.com

8 more locations

Best Spa
Viva Day Spa

When someone offers you a Gingerizer Body Glow, just know: They are not a member of an active red-headed recruiting cult hellbent on having your baby. They just want to put you on a table and rub sugar that smells like ginger and peppermint into your back. In a word, your response must be: Yes, yes, yes! But what about when someone offers you a Viva Diva? They are not offering a lap dance dressed as Kylie Minogue, they are giving a full SEVEN. HOURS. OF. SPA. They call it a "journey." We call it a destination. And rolling in at around half a K, we can't personally say that we've experienced this level of pampering, but a fair amount of you apparently have. So … the economy must be getting better, huh?

Viva Day Spa, 1811 W. 35th, 512/300-2256, www.vivadayspa.com

Viva Day Spa, 215 S. Lamar, 512/472-2256, www.vivadayspa.com

Best Spa Service/Treatment
Viva Diva at Viva Day Spa

When someone offers you a Gingerizer Body Glow, just know: They are not a member of an active red-headed recruiting cult hellbent on having your baby. They just want to put you on a table and rub sugar that smells like ginger and peppermint into your back. In a word, your response must be: Yes, yes, yes! But what about when someone offers you a Viva Diva? They are not offering a lap dance dressed as Kylie Minogue, they are giving a full SEVEN. HOURS. OF. SPA. They call it a "journey." We call it a destination. And rolling in at around half a K, we can't personally say that we've experienced this level of pampering, but a fair amount of you apparently have. So … the economy must be getting better, huh?

Viva Day Spa, 1811 W. 35th, 512/300-2256, www.vivadayspa.com

Viva Day Spa, 215 S. Lamar, 512/472-2256, www.vivadayspa.com

Best Tailor/Alterations
Ace Custom Tailors

Is there anything new to write about this 20-year "Best of Austin" winner? Darn it! They're clearly a cut above the rest, taking in and letting out Austin’s frocks and trousers for 47 years now. Four locations, major to minor alterations (even leather!), and a staff of highly skilled magicians tugging at the seams of our bespoked hearts.

Ace Custom Tailors, 724-A N. Lamar, 512/478-9965, www.acetailors.com

Ace Custom Tailors, 3720 Far West #106, 512/345-7688, www.acetailors.com

Ace Custom Tailors, 2707 Walsh Tarlton, 512/329-0523, www.acetailors.com

Ace Custom Tailors, 700-A S. Lamar, 512/732-2231, www.acetailors.com

Best Tattoo Shop
True Blue

No one-trick pony, this crew of 15 artists is versed in old school, new school, flash, color- and black-ink styles. The eclectically decorated original downtown location is quite suited for walk-ins, while the Airport shop suggests calling ahead for appointments. Either way, True Blue's high quality standards have left their mark on our readers.

True Blue Tattoo, 607 Red River, 512/472-2783, www.truebluetattoo.com

True Blue Tattoo, 4507-B Airport, 512/363-5511, www.truebluetattoo.com

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