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1994 Readers Poll
1994 Critics Picks
Best Accupuncturist

Why is Dee Ann Newbold our acupuncturist of choice? She's friendly and helpful, has a beautiful office with big windows overlooking Pease Park, and treats everything from our mother's sciatica to our nagging coughs and allergies to friends' back pain and chronic illness -- all this while employing "pain-free" acupuncture. Dee Ann emphasizes self-therapy for those who are interested, instructing patients on how to insert needles and perform other kinds of therapy themselves. She has been practicing in Austin for over eight years and has recently started serving as consultant to and providing in-house training for the Travis County MHMR ACU-Detox Program.

Best Alternative Birthing Place

The ABC is the best place around to have a baby naturally -- drug free, with or without family and friends. The top-notch nursery staff guide folks through the birthing process and make childbirth as comfortable as it can possibly be. And unlike a home birth, if there are any complications with mom or baby, you're already in an excellent emergency facility. The birthing suites are equivalent to a four-star hotel with kitchen facilities, and cable TV in the adjoining living room carries instruction programs in English and Spanish for new parents. If there are no complications, the baby stays with mom (except for state-required tests).

Brackenridge Hospital
601 E. 15th
512/324-7000
www.seton.net/locations/brackenridge

Best Body Mechanic

Hey, want to change your life? Or at least have a shot at recapturing the easy, carefree way you used to move in your body before desk jobs, the wrong shoes, soft beds, and a bad attitude cramped your style? Call Dena Roberts and get Rolfed. First, she'll sit you down and hear your tale of bodily woe. Next, she'll stand you up and have a long, hard look at your configuration. Then, like the body mechanic that she is, she'll circle the massage table with you on it and carefully formulate a 10-session plan for straightening you out. The answer to the inevitable "But doesn't that hurt?" is that if your pocket book can take it (it ain't cheap), so can you. Once Roberts' magic fingers hit their stride with your connective tissue, what your head thinks about it is pretty much irrelevant. When you walk out, it's like you're on wheels. And it lasts a long time.

Best Bug Exterminator

Kitty Kestenbaum is one terrific oxymoron -- an exterminator who hates pesticides, uses them only as a last resort, and then only the least toxic. Her m.o. is to show you how to make the bugs lose interest in your home or your kids' schools. It's basic stuff like caulking, cleaning, fixing leaks or drainage problems, erecting sand barriers to deter the termites. Smart, energetic, a problem-solver -- Kestenbaum the one-woman pest control company (Term-trol) is working on guidelines for implementing the new school pest control law. Get this woman into your life and arrange an introduction with your school principal.

Kitty Kestenbaum
Termtrol

Best Carpet Cleaning

We've been taking our dirty rugs here for years and never cease to be amazed by the miracles Deep Eddy performs on them. Let Deep Eddy work their magic on your carpets -- Aladdin would be proud.

Best Criminal Lawyer

"Whaddya mean what's that gold watch doing in my sock? It's the new ankle time piece, the latest fashion!" "No, officer, that's not a roach clip, it's my Native American hair adornment." "That bag? Oh, that's some exotic Mexican oregano I brought back for my mom." If any of the these words -- or anything remotely similar -- have passed your lips lately, then you're probably in need of the services of local criminal lawyer Betty Blackwell, who's kept many an Austinite from becoming the latest addition to one of our fine correctional facilities. Oh, and of course, you were framed, framed you say!

Best Dance Teacher

A Parks & Recreation Department worker by day, a dance teacher by night. From Western Swing to the West Coast, Ryan does the Whip, the Push, the Tango, the Cha-Cha, and the Western Waltz. She switches from the female to male partner role with the blink of an eye. Not only will she have you dancing in weeks, but you'll be out practicing between lessons.

Best Diversity University

Your average American college or university talks a good game when it comes to multicultural/multi-ethnic education, but Huston-Tillotson College has undoubtedly the most diverse student body in Austin for an institution of its size. During spring 1994, 78% of its 586 students were African-American, the largest minority group in the U.S. They are followed by international students, from countries as diverse as Iran, Nigeria, and Japan, 7.5%; Latino students, 6.5%; Asian and Pacific Islander students, 6.1%; and European and European-American (Anglo or white) students, 2%.

Huston-Tillotson University
900 Chicon
512/505-3139

Best Place To Get Your Act Together

The ARC has become such a fact of life in Austin music, it's hard to remember when Austin didn't have the sort of professional rehearsal facility found in other music centers. From the smallest combo to the loudest band, ARC has the right range of rooms, a staff who understand the needs of musicians because they are musicians, and all the amenities one expects from a first-class rehearsal space. Best of all, it's inspired other facilities like it, helping bring Austin one step closer to the professionalism our music scene deserves.

Austin Rehearsal Complex
1109-B S. Congress
512/443-5522

Best Place To Getcher \'67 Chevy Pickup Fixed

These guys are swell, even if they do fix Fords, too. Like a good hairdresser who listens to you and gives you the cut you want, Alfred and the guys understand it's not a vehicle, it's a relationship. They can fix anything, and fast. And bring the kids -- they'll get a kick out of Bambi's head mounted on the wall.

Best Place To Learn How To Build / Fix Your House Or Special Project

Better than trying to watch Norm or This Old House, as you get one-on-one instruction from real people. Over 90% of class time is devoted to hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment that mirrors the actual industry. Programs include woodworking, construction management, concrete, brick and stone masonry, cabinetry, and carpentry.

Austin Community College
Austin Community College Bookstore, 817 W. 12th, 512/474-7528
Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus, 1212 Rio Grande, 512/223-3000
Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd., 512/223-5100
817 W. 12th, 512/474-7528
Austin Community College Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove, 512/223-6000
Austin Community College Highland Campus, 6101 Highland Campus Dr., 512/223-7300
Austin Community College Cypress Creek Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park, 512/223-2000
Austin Community College Elgin Campus, 1501 Hwy. 290 W., Elgin, 512/223-9400
Austin Community College Hays Campus, 1200 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle, 512/262-6500
Austin Community College Northridge Campus, 11928 Stonehollow Dr., 512/223-4000

Best Place To Learn Upholstery

ACC offers full- and part-time trade classes in which you may earn a certificate in upholstery. They also offer a mini 10-day class on Fridays or Saturdays. Trade classes enroll quarterly; mini classes are offered three times a year.

Austin Community College
Austin Community College Bookstore, 817 W. 12th, 512/474-7528
Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus, 1212 Rio Grande, 512/223-3000
Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd., 512/223-5100
817 W. 12th, 512/474-7528
Austin Community College Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove, 512/223-6000
Austin Community College Highland Campus, 6101 Highland Campus Dr., 512/223-7300
Austin Community College Cypress Creek Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park, 512/223-2000
Austin Community College Elgin Campus, 1501 Hwy. 290 W., Elgin, 512/223-9400
Austin Community College Hays Campus, 1200 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle, 512/262-6500
Austin Community College Northridge Campus, 11928 Stonehollow Dr., 512/223-4000

Best Place To Recycle

Face it. We live in a push-button world where people like instant gratification. If you're a homeowner or if you live at a conscientious complex, recycling is as easy as carrying a blue plastic tub to the curb or hauling some bags to a bunch of bins at one end of the parking lot. What could be a simpler way to help save the environment? However, if you live anywhere else in the Austin area, recycling is somewhat of a chore. It is fortunate that we have places like the H.E.B./Ecology Action site at Hancock Center where one can feel a true sense of community.

Austin Recycles
Solid Waste Services
512/499-2111

Ecology Action of Texas
420 Kemp
512/322-0000
www.ecology-action.org

Best Place To Recycle Aluminum & See A Really Cool Mural

You really can't go wrong with a name like All American Recycling. We were in and out in record time with cold hard cash. And the complex murals all over the building, rendered in aerosol paint by local artists, remain vividly bright even after several seasons of our strong Texas sun.

All-American Recycling
9202 FM 812
512/243-1183
www.bordersbrothers.com/

Best Recording Studios

The growth of the Austin studio scene has created a number of world-class contenders for this title, but sister studios Arlyn (at the Terrace) and Pedernales (west of town near Pace Bend) nonetheless lead the pack. Arlyn has attracted such international stars as Robert Plant, INXS, and Tom Jones to its facility in recent months, and as any local who's worked there can tell you, there's a warmth to the room (aided by the savvy of its engineering staff) that translates onto tape. Pedernales, after its recent upgrade, can rival many big city studios in technical terms, and offers live-in convenience in a lovely locale. And where else can you lay down some tracks and then, if you're lucky, play a round of golf with Willie to unwind?

Arlyn Studios
200 Academy Dr. #140
512/447-2337
www.arlynstudios.com

Pedernales Recording Studio

Best Tattooist

Not just for the social deviant any more, tattoos are popping up on everyone from young professionals to housewives. But choosing an artist to permanently attach a work of art to the appendage of your choice should be carefully considered. Touted by internationally acclaimed tattooist Rollo Banks as "really the only one in Austin worth his salt...," Treviño is making his presence known as someone you can trust to leave you with a tattoo you can live with (and still love) forever.

Best Tenant Lawyer

Since the tide has once again turned, the momentum belonging to the landlord rather than the renter, a good lawyer comes in handy. For years, when asked for a good tenant's attorney, we've automatically recommended Greenstein. Once a friend was surprised, because another trusted source had recommended a different lawyer, Thomas Kolker. It turned out they were partners. Their expertise and backgrounds stretch far beyond just tenant law; they are lawyers committed to their community. The purpose of the law is to serve the people and Greenstein and Kolker live that belief every day.

Best Transmission Repair

Like death and taxes, part of the joy of owning a car or truck is knowing that if you hang onto it long enough, eventually the transmission will go out. Transmission repair can be costly, and if you get a cheap, poorly done job, it can end up costing more in the long run. Ike takes the time to listen to what's up with your vehicle, takes that information into consideration when working on your transmission, and makes sure the job is done right.

Best Used Car Insurance

These mobile mechanics will come to the used car you're thinking of buying and perform a thorough inspection, and then give you a detailed report on what's right, what's wrong, and what it might cost to fix the problems. For only $68, it's a wise investment when shopping for a used car -- they come by appointment, usually within a few hours of calling -- and folks we know who've used LemonBusters tell us they're an outfit who stand by their service.

Lemon Busters
8910 Research Blvd.
512/454-5999

Best Veterinarian

Dr. Biehle has removed tape from their eyes, sewn up their wounds, and healed their little souls. Working in the trenches of Austin's cat torture zone in the Brykerwood neighborhood area, he has saved many a life in the small animal kingdom, and has been pretty nice to their human companions, too.

Brykerwoods Veterinary Clinic
1501 W. 35th
512/454-3833

Best Washer / Dryer Repair

Okay, so our appliances are old, the parts wear out, and we don't have the money to buy new ones. On the other hand, calling someone we're not really sure knows much more than we do about appliance repair and charges by the hour, leaves us wondering if there's a better way to go about this sort of thing. Well, rest easy and call Anderson Appliance Service. Mr. Anderson is a one-man fixit specialist -- we like him because he's quick, he's knowledgeable, he's willing to show you the worn-out parts and explain what went wrong where, and his bills for his expertise are always reasonable.

Best Wedding Band

In lieu of hiring Sinatra to croon at your nuptials -- who among us can afford the Chairman of the Board, the bard of true romance, to play a wedding? -- the Lucky Strikes are the next best thing for bringing that classic American sense of musical romance to the most important day of your life. At one recent wedding we attended, the Strikes imbued the event with a sophisticated air, offering time-tested standards and newly composed classics that make a perfect accompaniment to the fluttering of gay hearts and the clinking of champagne glasses. Besides, what other Austin band is dressed for a wedding at every gig they play?

 
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