Ace aces this category. Four years to be exact. Who else helps when you're in a stitch? Check out these runner-ups: Alterations, Etc., Just Tailoring, Capitol Tailors and Cleaners, and Alterations To Go.
For two years, the tubular Mr. Wizard has kept your TV and other home equipment a-glow. Bonds, AAA, and Ray's Electronics account for most of the other votes.
Mr. Wizard's Electronics Service
1507 W. North Loop
This new category yielded a slew of individual votes for many, many firms. What does this say about your driving skills, friends? Don's took first, B&B took second and Ellis & Salazar were a close third.
Don's Paint & Body Shop
1006 W. 12th
This resurrected category is one for which we receive calls all year long. Who was voted best mechanic? Well, in the past, Mark Larkin the Honest Mechanic won hands down. This year, the exotic birds at Flamingo pulled ahead and took first.
Here's one of those odd categories. Jack Brown usually leads the way, so it's assumed year after year, that this would be a lock. Not so. Over 40 (!) dry cleaners got multiple votes and this winner was determined by a narrow margin, putting Rick's chain of nine cleaners past the over 50 locations of Jack Brown. Pressed close to the top were: Comet, Brothers, Washburns, Capitol, Kim's, and Bluebonnet.
5324 Cameron, 512/452-2200
3652 Bee Caves Rd., 512/327-6846
7435 Burnet Rd., 512/454-7425
110 North I-35, Ste. 250, Round Rock, 512/244-4363
13492 Research Blvd., 512/258-8181
850 N. Bell #304, Cedar Park, 512/258-4990
11126 Jollyville, 512/346-8845
900 N Austin Ave. Ste. 603, Georgetown, 512/930-0666
600 W. William Cannon, 512/462-3868
12218 FM-620, #101, 512/257-0057
4005 W. Parmer Lane, Unit C, 512/339-0401
8400 Brodie #101, 512/291-1588
3810 Gattis School #102, Round Rock, 512/244-3733
13011 Shops Parkway #200, 512/263-1588
3411 N Lamar Blvd, 512/323-0188
In the universe of fitness, this place still steels your buns and rocks your world for the second year in a row. The Q, Hills, Clean & Lean, and YMCA showed well, close to the top.
Previous winner Maximum FX slipped to third this year, behind Avant and Bella. Here's another category with as many entries as hairs on your head (unless, of course, you are bald). Big votes went to Anne Kelso, Carpe Diem, Aziz, Horse Feathers, Astarte, and Russ & Co.
We consolidated a few sub-categories and placed them under one banner. Know what? Fox still outfoxed us. While their lead is narrow, it's still a winning number. Good Neighbor Remodeling and Fair & Square tied for second.
Fox-Schmidt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
Clean & Lean is an Austin tradition and so is its annual sweep of this prize. Is this a surprise? It's a genius concepts of wash, dry, and grunt and just screams "Where else but Austin?" Kwik Wash with its many locations holds on to second place.
This full service lab with reasonable prices dashed the HEB chain and tossed them into second. The Heeb has taken it for the last two years. Back in a Flash shares second place with them.
New for 1996, this category goes to the venerable People's Community Clinic, the sliding-scale nightengale in a sky full of health "care" hawks. Planned Parenthood probably didn't plan to do as well as they did, but we're sure they're happy with their brand new bouncing second place.
This has been the respite spot for the weary soles of the Readers Poll for the last two years. Sammies, Rowell's and Golden Slipper shuffled into second.
Austin Shoe Hospital
3106 Windsor, 512/477-6515
720 Congress, 512/477-5078
3300 Bee Caves Rd., 512/329-8104
1911 W. Ben White, 512/440-8788
8211 Burnet, 512/453-1961
5114 Balcones Woods Dr. Ste. 301-B, 512/345-8663
6781 Hwy. 290 W., 512/288-6386
1316 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock, 512/244-9124
306 S. Bell, Cedar Park, 512/219-8387
3932 RR 620 S., Lakeway, 512/263-4630
12119 Hwy. 290 W., 512/827-3398
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