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Best Apartment Locator
A+ Apartment Locators

These people helped me in the worst time of my life. I owe them a lot. An agent named Ingrid was an angel in disguise. – Natalie Killian

Best Auto Repair/Service
Flamingo Automotive

They have saved me and my Honda countless times! Great service with a fair price every time … And, they care. – Rachel Yeager

Flamingo Automotive, 3512 Guadalupe, 512/459-9917

Best Barbershop
Birds Barbershop

Their haircuts get you laid! – Vivian Rusk

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

Birds Barbershop, 6800 Burnet, 512/454-1200,

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

4 more locations

Best Bike Shop/Repair
The Peddler Bike Shop

These guys know bikes and are quick, easy to work with, and very detail-oriented. A true neighborhood bike shop for sure! – Andy Jones

The Peddler Bike Shop, 5015 Duval, 512/220-6766,

Best Computer/Appliance Repair
Discount Electronics

Always fixed on the spot. – Mike MacKenna

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

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

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

Best DWI Lawyer
TIE: Rick Flores; Mary Ann Espiritu

Rick Flores: Rick is not only experienced, effective, and professional, but he's not hard to look at either. – Zooey Cuilla Mary Ann Espiritu: She's like an attorney you'd see in a movie – beautiful, demure, perfectly coiffed, and deadly as hell in the courtroom. – Bronwen Butler

Best Home Maintenance/Services
ABC Home and Commercial Services

ABC restored my faith in handyman services. Fast, affordable, and reliable. But mainly fast. – Kaci Beeler

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

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

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

ABC Home and Commercial Services, 1010 College, Bastrop, 512/308-1274,

Best Hotel/Motel
The Driskill Hotel

I hear it's haunted, but isn't that half the fun? – Brittney Cassel

The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, 512/439-1234,

Best Laundromat/Dry Cleaner

An ecological must! What a difference it makes to pick up clothes that don't smell of gasoline! – Pamela Ferguson

EcoClean, 2915 Guadalupe, 512/236-8645,

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 Mani/Pedi
Great Nails & Spa

You get the best service and prices here, and Lord knows we all need a 30-minute leg massage. – Anastacia Uriegas

Great Nails & Spa, 2911-B S. First, 512/804-5228

Best Movers
Einstein Moving Co.

These guys moved us last year and simply amazed us. I don't ever want to move again, but if I do I have found my guys! – James Tessmann

Best Music Services/Equipment
Strait Music Co.

Strait does and has it all, from classical to rock to school band. Family-owned, knowledgeable and friendly staff – what more could you want? – Rebecca Raphael

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

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

Best Pet Services
Mud Puppies

photo by Devaki Knowles

The best pet service ever! Our dogs go here twice a week and have for many years. With Mud Puppies, I have no reason to even think about worrying about my dogs. They love my dogs and my dogs love them. – Glynda Cox

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

Mud Puppies, 2015 E. Riverside Bldg. 9, 512/912-0200,

Best Psychic/Tarot
Sister Temperance

Angeliska is a magical being. She's guided me through many chapters of my life by being an empath to her core, with a wild intuition and deep wisdom. – Ashley Halligan

Sister Temperance Tarot, 512/466-5124,

Best Realtor
Samantha Soletti Adler

The most personable, honest Realtor around. No detail left undone. Goes beyond what is expected and watches out for the good of her clients always. – Elaine Carty

Best Salon
Salon by Milk + Honey

Heaven on Earth. – Mercedes Madiedo

Milk + Honey, 100-A Guadalupe, 512/236-1115,

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

Best Spa
Milk + Honey

photo by Bret Brookshire

Heaven on Earth. – Mercedes Madiedo

Milk + Honey, 100-A Guadalupe, 512/236-1115,

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

Best Tailor/Alteration
Ace Custom Tailors

Nicest ladies in town, honest about when I should repair vs. call it quits on something. – Karlene Berger

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

Ace Custom Tailors, 3720 Far West #106, 512/345-7688,

Ace Custom Tailors, 2707 Walsh Tarlton, 512/329-0523,

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

Best Tattoo
Atomic Tattoo

photo by John Anderson

The staff at Atomic Tattoo went above and beyond to make my first ink something special. They spent hours getting the design just right, understood my pain tolerance, and went out of their way to make me comfortable. – Gwen Sanger

Atomic Tattoo, 5533 Burnet, 512/458-9693,

Atomic Tattoo, 13686 Highway 183 North, 512/249-7319,

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

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

Best Veterinarian

One of the best nonprofits around and their mission is amazing! Much like education, they attack the issue of animal overpopulation from the inside out, which results in exponential lives being saved! – David Reimherr

Emancipet, 601 E. Airport, 512/587-7729,

Emancipet, 7201 Levander Loop, Bldgs. I & K, 512/587-7729,

Best Adult Store
Forbidden Fruit

These guys have been fighting the good fight and stocking good toys since before most readers were born! – Cranston Vincent

Forbidden Fruit, 108 E. North Loop, 512/453-8090,

Best Bookstore

Photo by Gary Miller

Hands down. If you can get Supreme Court justices to come and speak to a crowd when their book is published ... you're the best. – Edward Snider

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050,

Best Comics/Fandom
Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Dragon's Lair not only has the friendliest staff I've ever known at a comics store, its dedication to providing a safe space for everyone – kids, woman gamers, LGBT+ gamers, etc. – makes it an amazing hub of the community as well. – Gwen Sanger

Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy, 2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-B, 512/454-2399,

Best Costume Shop
Lucy in Disguise

How can anyone else compete with a fixture on South Congress for 32 years, jam-packed with every costume, wig, and piece of vintage clothing you could ever want? – Jerry Durham

Lucy in Disguise, 1506 S. Congress, 512/444-2002,

Best Electronics Store
Discount Electronics

Photo by Jana Birchum

Discount Electronics rocks. Helpful staff, inexpensive basics (printers, computers, monitors), great service & repair department. – Paul Bell

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

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

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

Best Farmers' Market
Texas Farmers' Market at Mueller

Dog-friendly, family-friendly, and foodie-friendly! Love this place. – Whitney Fies

Texas Farmers' Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport

Best Furniture/Accessories
Room Service Vintage

I learned about RSV even before living in Austin. On my first visit 12 years ago, it was my first stop immediately after leaving ABIA. I have now lived here nine years, and nearly every single item in my house has come from RSV. We are so lucky to have Room Service! – Jen Venzke

Room Service Vintage, 107 E. North Loop, 512/451-1057,

Best Game/Gaming
Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy

You want to try out games? They have tons of them already opened up so you can see how they work and if you enjoy them before you buy them. Can't beat Dragon's Lair! – Tammy Cox

Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy, 2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-B, 512/454-2399,

Best Garden Store/Nursery
Natural Gardener

Nowhere else will you find a more diverse selection of native species. – Logan Guerra

Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd., 512/288-6113,

Best Local Bridal Shop

Most unique selection of dresses for Austinites with prices for everyone. Super nice employees. They're not pretentious [and there's] no pressure to buy. Awesome selection of accessories too. Love this store. – Meghann Flynn

Unbridaled, 701 S. Lamar, 512/444-2743,

Best Local Jeweler
Kendra Scott

When my husband was at his daily chemo treatment at Texas Oncology, Kendra sent lovely gift wrapped earrings to all the female patients, which numbered about 150. She's tops in my book. – Leea Mechling

Kendra Scott, 1400 S. Congress Ste. 170-A, 512/499-8400,

Best Men's Clothing

Eating pizza and leering at men going into Stag is one of my favorite pastimes. – Anna Doty

Stag, 1423 S. Congress, 512/373-7824,

Best Neighborhood Grocery
Wheatsville Food Co-op

Photo by John Anderson

I <3 you, Wheatsville. Let's go to City Hall and make it official. – Nicholas Lewis

Wheatsville Food Co-op, 3101 Guadalupe, 512/478-2667,

Wheatsville Food Co-op, 4001 S. Lamar, 512/814-2888

Best Pet Store
Tomlinson's Feed & Pets, Inc.

I walk into the Four Points location and say, "Hi honey. I'm home." I know every single one of them by their first name. – Samantha Stevenson

Tomlinson's Feed & Pets, Inc., 908 E 49th 1/2, 512/452-1560,

Tomlinson's Feed & Pets, Inc., 5900 W. Slaughter Ste. 480, 512/276-2057,

Tomlinson's Feed & Pets, Inc., 7301 Ranch Road 620 North, Ste. 110, 512/215-9242,

5 more locations

Best Record Store
Waterloo Records

Photo by John Anderson

Sometimes loyalty matters. Sometimes they're just better. Sometimes it's both. – David Sweeney

Waterloo Records, 600-A N. Lamar, 512/474-2500,

Best Smoke Shop
Planet K

Hang there for five minutes for a spiritual experience. – Anna Maria Garcia

Planet K, 1516 S. Lamar, 512/443-2292

Best Toy Store
Terra Toys

Their wide selection of toys for boys and girls of all ages is dizzying. There's some well-known toys as well as some really nice homemade ones too. Every toy will bring a smile to every tot (or adult)'s face. – Dwhitney Shaw

Terra Toys, 2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-C, 512/445-4489,

Best Video Store
Vulcan Video

I went back to Vulcan after some time away, and found the answer to "Why do we need video stores any more?" – Shannon Kelle

Vulcan Video, 100-A North Loop, 512/478-5325,

Vulcan Video, 4411 Russell, 512/326-2629,

Best Vintage/Antiques
Uncommon Objects

A tough category to pick a winner. They're all awesome. Giving the edge to Uncommon because I think they have the highest jackalope count. – Joe Ballato

Uncommon Objects, 602 Fortview, 512/442-4000,

Best Women's Clothing
Uptown Cheapskate

I never leave empty-handed. Fun, quirky, and full of character – and the clothes are awesome too. A must when on SoLa! – Lindsay Gillen

Uptown Cheapskate, 3005 S. Lamar Ste. 110-A, 512/462-4646

Best Actor/Actress
Kaci Beeler

Kaci is simultaneously the most unique and relatable actor I've had the pleasure of seeing. She brings so much depth, joy, and passion to her work and I genuinely believe, with all my heart, that she's changing the world with her craft. – Caiti Ward

Best Art Gallery
Art on 5th

Great space. Awesome humans. Wonderful gallery. – Kristina DeLos

Art on 5th, 3005 S. Lamar, 512/481-1111,

Best Burlesque Performer
Ginger Snaps

Photo by Jana Birchum

Ginger Snaps keeps the weird in Austin burlesque, from the best, weirdest troupe (Black Widow) to mentoring, teaching, and bringing up the next generation. She also is an amazing aerialist and aerial burlesquer, bringing the art to new heights! – Eve Richter

Best Choreographer
Allison Orr

Photo by John Anderson

Allison's portfolio of work across an amazing spectrum of different communities – from sanitation workers to arborists to Goodwill employees – demonstrates that her choreography transcends dance, changes lives, and strengthens community. – Michele Martell

Allison Orr, Forklift Danceworks,

Best Classical Musician
Graham Reynolds

What a powerhouse! Is he even human? – Juliana Gilchrist

Graham Reynolds,

Best Dancer
Lindsey Taylor

Lindsey's movement is so genuine and inspiring. She beautifully shines her truest light through her graceful and gesture filled movements. – Lorie Young

Best Drag Performer
Louisianna Purchase

photo by Devaki Knowles

Louisianna is an inspirational person both in and out of drag, with effortless style and a heart of blood-red gold. – Lexi Landolt

Best Fiction Writer/Poet
Amy Gentry

Right out of the gate, she has wowed the entire United States. – Leah Moss

Best Film Festival/Series

The easy access to some great films is always appreciated. – Grant Rothhammer

Best Improv Troupe

Photo by John Anderson

With a name so long, only their mad skills could justify it. – Chris Moredock

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