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Best Appliance/TV Repair
Bond's

There's nothing secret about these agents of A/V. Since 1954, they've kept Austin plugged in, whether by rabbit ear or coaxial. As television's role has expanded, so has theirs, so just because they've been around since father knew best, don't go in expecting a bunch of doddering ol' fuddies who don't know what's what. These sound & vision pros know the biz and can hook you up (literally, with custom installation) with any type of system – surround sound, outdoor theater, security, desktop networking, flat screen upgrades, automation, you name it – for the home or office.

Bond's, 1010 W. Lynn, 512/476-3551, www.bondstv.com

Best Auto Service/Repair
Yost Automotive

You’re a musician about to head out of your Eastside group house when the brakes on your minivan go out just as you're taking the kids to their soccer game. Or maybe you’re a busy soccer mom who needs one-stop shopping for an oil change and state inspection on your tour van to make sure it's in tip-top shape before heading out on that punk club circuit your lover booked for you across the Pacific Northwest. Mike Yost and his team of tattooed grease monkeys are on the case, getting you in and out and on your way with a minimum of fuss and with fair prices. Non-van drivers welcome.

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

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

Best Barbershop
Birds Barbershop

With your favorite stylist's sched available online, Birds takes the anxiety out of walk-in hair service (shout out to Jualdo and SB, the cah-yute makers!). And even though walk-ins get helped quickly, you can call up to an hour before you want to shimmy shake through that door. (Shhhh! Don't tell like-a-boss Beth we told you.)

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

It's a real bummer when your bike is out of commission, kind of like when your best friend gets drunk and jumps off a roof and breaks their ass or their ankle, and suddenly you don't have a pal to lurk around with for two months. At least when your bike breaks, you can take it to Bicycle Sport Shop. Their staff of professional mechanics can repair and tune-up your bike, so you can stay on the road, where you belong.

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

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

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

Best Car Wash
Genie Car Wash

With a twitch of the nose, a wiggle, and a blink, this local institution has been making cars sparkle for decades, drawing in drivers with its kitschy Genie signs and fast, friendly service. But their real secret is their “Magic Touch.” We don’t know exactly what that is, either, but it sure leaves our burled oak panels glowing.

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

Computer broke as a joke? Hey, don't get your wires all frayed! Never fear because Discount E's super team of techies are here to save the day. They are faster than a speeding modem and able to leap computer issues in a single bound. So, next time that villainous spinning rainbow wheel or hourglass of death won't quit, go see the super nerds of Discount Electronics for help. How do you spell "thank you" in code?

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
EcoClean

This town can get pretty down and dirty. So, it's EcoClean's job to wash away those late-night adventures (but you'll always have the memories) in a safe and clean environment. From its humble beginnings in 1995 to the opening of its second location, EcoClean maintains its eco-friendly "wet cleaning" process and uses biodegradable detergents. But now it offers free pickup and drop-off at your home or office to keep your secrets squeaky clean.

EcoClean, 2915 Guadalupe, 512/236-8645, www.ecocleanaustin.com

EcoClean, 2438 W. Anderson Ste. 3-C, 512/236-8645

EcoClean, 4012 N. Lamar, 512/236-8645

EcoClean, 2149 S. Lamar, 512/236-8645

Best Florist
Freytag's Florist

This "BOA" regular and Austin landmark has been helping Austinites make nice, make up, and make out since 1974. These beautiful bouquets can say "I'm sorry" or "I love you," or even "just because," or "get better." Whether you want to bewitch or console, make amends or make a grand gesture, Freytag's is our readers' favorite place to start.

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

Best Hair Salon
Mint

Located on the western edge of Hyde Park, Austin's Mint Salon offers the best of both worlds in the beauty racket: The salon is hip yet comfortable, the stylists have impeccable taste while remaining friendly, fun, and approachable, and the location is conveniently located in a central urban strip but still feels like a neighborhood business. These perfect contradictions make Mint feel as fresh and lovely as the name might suggest.

Mint, 4023 Guadalupe, 512/302-9990, www.mintforbeauty.com/

Best Landscape Services
Fertile Ground Organic Gardens

When the natives are restless, who ya gonna call? If it's a family member, we suggest dialing 911. But if it's a plant, Fertile Ground Organic Gardens will help you pave (mulch and prune) the way to a new beginning. The business was started in 2001 by Houstonian Julie Donie as a way to prevent herself and her young children from being exposed to synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Fertile Ground's managing partner, Alexa Villalobos flexed her green thumb in 2005, when she began working with the business on landscape maintenance. Donie and Villalobos can breathe easy again, as readers make this the fifth consecutive year to shower them with "Best of Austin" love.

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

Best Laundromat
SpinZone Laundry

Well, SpinZone, you’ve gone and done it again. What is it? The TVs out the wazoo? The old-school arcade games for the bored children? The free wi-fi? Maybe it's all of those. We like the largest locally owned coin-op laundry biz in town title, honestly; and, of course, the whole same day wash-and-fold feature that saves even the laziest clothes-washing patron. Two of the three stores are open 24 hours, to boot. They claim to be “Keeping Austin Clean.” We prefer "Keeping Austin B.O. Free," but whatever. Either way, SpinZone gets it done.

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
Unicorn Moving & Storage

Unicorns, whaaaaat? Seriously, though, this company does exist and strives to provide a level of service as rarely seen as their mascot IRL. They’ve done their homework and can expertly handle any moving job, large or small, at a competitive price. These are no amateurs, and they vow never to be all hoof.

Unicorn Moving & Storage, 102 Victor, 512/339-9922, www.unicornmoving.com

Best Pedicure/Manicure
Embellish Nails & Boutique

When you need a pedicure complete with an exfoliating scrub and vanilla cupcake-scented paraffin wax treatment, Embellish is your place. The affordable and natural nail care salon offers organic facials complete with embellishments such as a yam and pumpkin enzyme peel and an alpha hydroxy fruit pulp and paprika glycolic treatment. Watch your favorite rom-coms under a crystal chandelier, sip a glass of wine, and prepare to be pampered.

Embellish Nails & Boutique, 3663 Bee Caves Rd. #3, 512/328-9898, www.embellishnails.com/

Embellish Nails & Boutique, 3010 W. Anderson, Ste. H,, 512/452-7465, www.embellishnails.com

Best Pet Services
Mud Puppies

If there ever comes a time you must be away from your sweet baby (your dog), you can feel confident that the loving and attentive staff of Mud Puppies will take care of your best friend (your dog). This doggy service emporium offers boarding, training, and "playcare," and if you're hoping to treat your favorite member of the family (your dog) to a day of pampering, Mud Puppies offers both professional grooming and a self-service dog wash.

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

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

Best Printer/Copies
Kinko's/FedEx

Printer ink costs more per ounce than human blood or fine wine, so why not spare your little home inkjet and let the professionals take care of your next big job? From dissertations to show posters, these guys can take care of you, or you can do it all yourself by ordering online or dropping in at any of their dozen locations in and around town.

FedEx Office, 327 Congress, 512/472-4448, 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

Before we discovered Austin Shoe Hospital, we were upcycling our favorite footwear into exquisite planters, gravy boats, and button bins. But now our unshod days are over! We’ll never let those favorite clodhoppers go to seed again when a quick hospital visit or mail-order repair can have us as light in our loafers as when we first fell in step.

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

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

Austin Shoe Hospital, 3300 Bee Caves Rd., 512/329-8104, www.austinshoehospital.com

8 more locations

Best Spa
Milk + Honey

From brain to bum, the Milk + Honey experience is designed to relax even the most anal retentive. Seasonal treatments (like the delicious Mojito Scrub) keep things fresh and new, while Manly Manicures will please any man-friend. Wrapped in a cocoon of warm blankets, it's hard to remember what WORRIES drove you to the spa in the first place.

Milk + Honey, 100-A Guadalupe, 512/236-1115, www.milkandhoneyspa.com

Milk + Honey, 12901 Hill Country Blvd., Bldg. D-1-110, 512/236-1115, www.milkandhoneyspa.com

Best Tailor
Ace Custom Tailors

The pieces don't fit anymore? Ace Custom Tailors can fix that. They can also make all those fresh finds from the top rack to the bargain bin into tailor-made confections. Master tailor Vanessa Wilkerson at the 12th Street location can even do leather. Yes we're fit, and my gosh, don't we just know it.

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

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

Best Tattoo Shop
Atomic Tattoo

Want some body art but don't know where to start? Our readers attest that the artists at Atomic will make it tonight, make it right, and make it magnificent, all at blow-out prices. If you want that heart on your sleeve to be the bomb, then stop worrying; Atomic Tattoo is here. Up and Atom ... ic!

Atomic Tattoo, 5533 Burnet, 512/458-9693, www.atomic-tattoo.com

Atomic Tattoo, 13686 Highway 183 North, 512/249-7319, www.atomic-tattoo.com

Atomic Tattoo, 15301 IH-35 North, Ste. F, Pflugerville, 512/252-8537, www.atomic-tattoo.com

Atomic Tattoo, 309 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., 512/476-1161, www.atomic-tattoo.com

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