2001 Readers Poll
2001 Critics Picks
Best Appliance/TV Repair

If it is broken, they will fix it. If it is cheaper to buy a new one, they will sell it to you. Or as one of our interns says, "If you are my mom you will just get it fixed and never get a new one, even though it costs more." This electronics repair, sales, and rental center has been serving Austinites since 1954.

1010 W. Lynn

Best Auto Service/Repair

These sleekly uniformed folks know how to fix your car, minus the "know it all" attitude. They actually take the time to explain what is wrong and charge realistic prices for their services. This little flamingo-themed garage is conveniently located near the university and is always packed with ailing autos on the mend. So next time you have to deal with the hassle of getting your car tuned up, think pink.

Flamingo Automotive
3512 Guadalupe

Best Barber Shop

The hypnotic turn of the barber pole has lured folks through the doors of the Wooten Barber Shop since 1964, and for good reason. The haircut itself is quite an experience; clippers, shaves with a straight razor, and the incredible electric massage machine, all at sensible prices. Getting cleaned up at the Wooten gives you that fresh, Elvis-joins-the-Army-and-gets-a-crew-cut feeling.

Wooten Barber Shop
2106 Guadalupe

Best Bicycle Repair

A service department like this should win an award. A professionally trained staff that will take an expensive road bike in for a major overhaul but will just as quickly help a newbie by changing a tire on the spot is worth shouting about. And don't forget about the free estimates on all work provided with no obligation and the reasonable turnaround time. You'll be back in the saddle in no time.

Bicycle Sport Shop

Best Car Wash

Just like Aladdin and that mystical, magical lamp, the rub-a-dub-dub crew at Austin's many Genie Car Washes grant three wishes: Shiny car! Nice smell! Sexual magnetism! (Well, okay ... we know they can do the job on the first two, but can't guarantee they can do the last. But heck, if you've got a date, getting your car washed couldn't hurt. ...)

Genie Car Wash
1311 S. Lamar, 512/444-9274
7320 Burnet, 512/451-9274
1021 W. William Cannon, 512/416-9274

Best Computer Repair

Mac Alliance can outfit or find just about any Mac part you need - even if they have to stifle giggles at how ancient your machine is. They usually don't laugh, though, as they know Mac owners are loyal and true. The folks at Mac Alliance will service your old heap on the cheap and can fix just about any problem. We know firsthand, and apparently so do our readers.

Mac Alliance
900 Old Koenig Ln.

Best Dry Cleaner

Excellent customer service, attention to detail, quick turnaround, and 10 convenient locations make Reid's a huge asset to those who care about their clothes - and to those who don't want to have to care. Pick-up and delivery, alterations, and shoe repair are among the amenities that make Reid's the "Best of Austin."

Reid's Cleaners & Laundry
3317 N. Lamar, 512/302-1870
9222 W. Parmer, 512/219-9340
1700 W. Parmer #240, 512/821-4211
3616 Far West #102, 512/343-9654
11907 FM 2244, Bee Cave, 512/263-8705
3720 RR 2222, 512/420-8320
13450 Research #237, 512/219-9770
13450 Research #237, 512/219-9770
6317 Bee Caves Rd. #310, 512/306-0635
2814 Bee Caves Rd. Ste. C, 512/330-0565
7010 Hwy. 71 W. #20, 512/288-3713
6600 MoPac S. #2140, 512/891-9262
9901 Brodie #150, 512/291-0101

Best Fashion/Style Designer

Local girl makes good. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Dell is half of the super-duo couple, along with hubby and computer maven Michael. The wavy "U" in Susan Dell's logo stands for "You - the customer." The "S" stands for "superior quality."

Susan Dell
Susan Dell's Clothes Store
3801 Capital of TX Hwy. N. Ste. A-100

Best Florist

Freesia, strelitzia, exotic or not? Flowers to carry or plant in a pot? Pineapples, candy bars, gift for a friend? Call Central Market and ask for Jen. We did. And she and the rest of her departmental colleagues rule, too. See, we even wrote a li'l poem about it.

Central Market North
4001 N. Lamar

Best Gardener/Landscaping

Gardens is dreamland for garden aficionados, and for those whose vision is a bit more than do-it-yourself, James D. David makes those dreams come true. This legendary artist's consummate skill, dazzling creativity, and access to the finest growables are an unbeatable combination.

James D. David
1818 W. 35th

Best Hair Salon

Pioneers in Austin's style scene, Avant has won a staggering number of international awards - and rightfully so. Constantly striving for cutting-edge methods and impeccable work has Avant making regular appearances in the "Best of Austin" Readers Poll year after year.

Avant Garde Studio Salon Spa
318 Colorado St.

Best Internet Provider

It doesn't seem quite necessary to flout the services of AOL Time Warner, seeing how we have few other options these days. But readers voted Road Runner High Speed Online as their favorite ISP for a reason: It's the best service you can get at home (if you aren't still ticked about this spring's two- to three-day server blowup). And as for ads painting cable Internet access as inferior to DSL access, we haven't yet found that to be true.

Time Warner Cable
12012 MoPac N., 512/485-5555
Road Runner, 1905 N. Mays, Round Rock, 512/531-3278

Best Laundromat

You can't avoid it, so why not do your laundry someplace classy? Maybe Spin Cycle, a large and squeaky-clean facility with so many washers and dryers that there's never a wait. Or maybe Ecomat, whose green practices include a dry-cleaning service that uses nontoxic chemicals, and where a cool card payment system makes rolls of quarters obsolete. Either place, you won't feel the need to wipe down the cart before you drop your clean laundry into it, and that's a good feeling.

Spin Cycle
3501 Guadalupe

2915-B Guadalupe

Best Online Job Search

With relentless, inescapable ads heralding their remarkable success,'s Web site is incredibly useful to thousands of job seekers. From administrative assistants to zoologists, and everything in between, has something for everyone.

Best Pharmacy

Lambert Labay has been working as the pharmacist at the Nau's in Clarksville for as long as we can remember. He has always given us just the right medicine to make us better, and he has even helped us pick just the right stuff to make our pets better, too. The pharmacy is open the same hours as the drug store (but the soda fountain hours vary).

Nau's Enfield Drug, 1115 W. Lynn, 512/476-1221

Best Photo Lab

Holland Photo, a favorite of both the photophile and point & shoot sets, is the place to go to get those photos off your computer screen and into your hands. They offer the same price for digital prints as they do for 35mm machine prints, and the big tulip on the sign makes it hard to miss.

Holland Photo Imaging
2125 Goodrich

Best Printer/Copies

To the procrastinators among us, Kinko's never looks as beautiful as at 3am, when a project is due the next day. Kinko's brings that archaic term "full-service" back into play with extensive printing services, 24-hour office supplies, and even a courtesy telephone. Black-and-white copiers and color copiers are available, as well as a cluster of PCs and Macs to print from or design on. Yet Kinko's doesn't forget its technological roots; if you have any doubts, go talk to the typewriter.

FedEx Office
327 Congress #100, 512/472-4448
2901-C Medical Arts, 512/476-3242
327 Congress, 512/472-4448
330 Bee Caves Rd. #715, 512/314-2300
6406 N. I-35 Ste. 1210, 512/452-3600
5601 Brodie #1210, 512/892-1992
9222 Burnet #101 & 102, 512/339-1191
13729 Research, 512/331-0800

Best Public Place to Access the Internet

With so many commercial cafes expanding their services to become Web cafes, it's impressive that our libraries took the prize yet again. It's not that surprising, really. Our beloved Austin Free-Net sets up and maintains a network for all of our citizens to enjoy. Sharing is the only stipulation here as people sign up for Web time. One can always browse a couple of the stacks while awaiting a turn. A fast connection, an array of helpful programs, and the quiet, intellectual atmosphere is what sets our libraries apart.

Best Shoe Repair

Although Austin seems to be graced by many excellent sole-proprietor shoe repair businesses (eww, excuse the pun), Austin Shoe Hospital, with nine area locations, continues to be a readers' favorite. This isn't to imply that convenience is ASH's only quality, however. In particular, James Hawkins at the Bee Caves location runs his shop with the kind of pride and courtesy we tend to think went by the boards a long time ago.

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

Best Spa

People come from all over the country to this often overlooked jewel of ours just 20 minutes outside of town. Absolutely the best getaway-from-it-all that doesn't require getting away from all of it. We love the laid-back Austin style of the place (so unstuffy), the truly world-class cuisine, the organic fruit and vegetable gardens, and the variety of classes. All of it right there on the lake, abutting those mountain-like hills of ours. Aaaah ...

Lake Austin Spa Resort
1705 S. Quinlan Park

Best Tailor

Since 1968, Ace has built a reputation for quality and quick turnaround. With multiple locations, they are recommended by every major clothing retailer, as well as thousands of satisfied customers.

Express Alterations by Ace Custom Tailors
916 W. 12th

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