2002 Readers Poll
2002 Critics Picks

Bark 'n Purr (top), DogBoy's Positive Power Kennel   Todd V. Wolfson

Best Pet Care

Where you gonna go for Fido or FiFi's health upkeep or style adornments? When your frisky cat feels like shizzat or your suavest pooch is putting on the dog? Our readers' pampered pets choose both these places for their great service and attention to the details: Bark ?n Purr for its grooming and friendly service and the kennels of DogBoy for 15 acres of doggie day care run fun fun.

Bark n Purr Pet Center
4604 Burnet Rd.

DogBoy's Dog Ranch
2615 Crystal Bend

Best Dry Cleaner

For those who care about their clothes – and those who would rather someone else did – Reid's 10 convenient locations, pickup and delivery service, alterations, and shoe repair make them a hometown favorite.

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

Todd V. Wolfson

Best Laundromat

Enjoy the comforts of clean drawers and a cleaner Austin thanks to the hard-working folks at Ecomat. For the past five years, Ecomat's innovative petroleum-free, wet-cleaning process has brought Austin closer to the utopian ideal of cleaner shirts for those traditionally pungent few who strive for a better environment. Plus, the card system on the machines replaces quarters, making it easier to support change instead of just stealing it from your roommate.

2915-B Guadalupe

Best Pharmacy

Don't assume that these are merely places to pick up prescriptions. There's more to it than that. While you wait at either of these Chronicle reader faves, belly up to the counter and order up some fine local chow at Nau's soda fountains and People's lunch counters (three out of their four local stores have one). Old-timey? Sure, and so is the quality of service and friendliness you'd expect from hometown favorites like these.

Peoples Rx
4018 N. Lamar

Best Barber Shop

Point of fact: The $7 shave both removes unwanted facial hair and 10 years from your haggard, pirate-like scruff. More effective than a Botox session chased with a chemical peel, with none of the guilt. Thirty-seven rotations around the sun, and the Woo’s scissors are as sharp as ever.

Wooten Barber Shop
2106 Guadalupe

Best Hair Salon

Avant is Roy Frederick's empire. From its beginnings in the early Eighties, it has reigned supreme among Austin's most stylish salons. It is a perennial award winner, both locally and internationally, and regularly turns out top-notch work, as thousands and thousands of clients will attest. Always innovative. Always beautiful. Always Avant.

Avant Garde Studio Salon Spa
318 Colorado St.

Best Health Spa

Luckily, some things don't change: like our readers' preference for this luxurious spa that still overlooks Lake Austin from its comfortable Hill Country setting. But change can be good -- like when you start getting massaged from head to toe after a grueling work week. Or say, after a week poisoning yourself with nothing but fast food, enjoying cuisine prepared fresh from organic gardens. At Lake Austin Spa, whether you're pedaling a kayak or learning healthier food prep techniques, you control the change.

Lake Austin Spa Resort
1705 S. Quinlan Park

Best Shoe Repair

Eight previous years of Readers' picks can't be wrong. This must be the place for all your shoe repair needs. They relace baseball gloves and repair luggage, to boot. ... And boots, they do boots, too!

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 Tailor/Garment Repair

Ace Custom Tailors & Alterations aces this year's award. With four locations to choose from, there's no excuse for tossing out that skirt with the ripped hem or the jacket that needs a little work.

Express Alterations by Ace Custom Tailors
916 W. 12th

Best Photo Lab

Since 1981, Holland has been an Austin institution for the amateur and professional photographer alike. While still offering the standard, traditional services, like processing, proofing printing, and duplication, they have kept pace with the latest technology for digital imaging (including an Internet drop box).

Holland Photo Imaging
2125 Goodrich

Best Printer/Copies

It's four in the morning, and you've just finished your portfolio/pamphlet/MIS project. Now you need to print and bind 100 copies before 8am. You're not stressing, though, because there is a beautiful red-and-blue sign that shines like a beacon of hope through your procrastination haze. Kinko's has capitalized on people's inherent need to finish things at the last possible second, and keeps their printers ready 24 hours a day.

Best Home Service/Repair

If it can go wrong with your home, Fox can fix it. This crafty little company appears on the Best of Austin (tm) lists year after year, with thousands of satisfied commercial and residential customers who have relied on their painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and drywall repair services. You have to get up pretty early in the morning to outfox the Fox.

Fox Service
4300 S. Congress

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Best Auto Service/Repair

Handling just about anything you can push, drive, or tow in, Clint's provides quick and reliable service at a reasonable rate. Edging out stiff competition from perennial BOA faves Flamingo and Groovy, Clint Small's will have you back on the road in no time flat.

Clint Small's Phillip's 66
3447 Northland

Best Car Wash

Seven years and running as winner of the best car wash in town. Are they headed for our hall of fame? Only the Genie knows for sure. In the meantime, they'll help keep your car spotless inside and out.

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

Best Bicycle Repair

A steady favorite for the past decade, we understand the dedication of the Sport Shop's customers. Free estimates from an attentive crew make a difference to the old pro, but perhaps even more so to the beginner. And the work is guaranteed.

Bicycle Sport Shop

Best Computer Repair

Fast, friendly, and knowledgeable – exactly the combination you want when your hard drive's gone soft or your mother board's nagging. Previous years' winners Computer Nerdz came in second.

Valiant Computer
5726 Burnet Rd.

Best Internet Provider

Prompt service ("Where did that modem come from?"), online and telephone support, and a connection so integrated with your system you never have to think about it, just click and cruise. So maybe technology isn't out to get us after all.

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

Best Rental/Roommate Locator

It was mighty neighborly of you to vote our very own Classifieds department as the winners of this prize. We bet they are grinning ear-to-ear. Well, The Austin Chronicle Classifieds is certainly the first place we look to avoid filling our room vacancy with some stuff-shirted, anti-Austin freak.

The Austin Chronicle
4000 N. I-35

Todd V. Wolfson

Best Florist

Central Market is so great for so many things – not the least of which is their floral department, with a staggering array of lush and lovely blooms to suit every need. Their gifts, accessories, and above all, their service make this Goliath an Austin favorite. The "David" in this scenario is the independent Flower Bucket. With a dedicated clientele, the Flower Bucket carries organic, locally grown Pure Luck Texas flowers, and offers the kind of personal service that is growing scarce.

Central Market North
4001 N. Lamar

The Flower Bucket
3100 N. Lamar

Best Interior Design

Jerri Kunz likes to take risks. In 1974, she started practicing interior design with little to no prior formal training -- her degree from UT was in lighting for theatre. Nearly 30 years later, Kunz?s modernist style has made her one of the best known interior designers in Austin, her work most prevalent in high-end residential homes and restaurants like Mezzaluna and Granite Cafe.

Jerri Kunz
Jerri Kunz Design
507 West

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Todd V. Wolfson

Best Gardener/Landscaping

Husband and wife team Dylan Robertson and Selena Souders own this Austin jewel situated in an oasis-like setting on the Eastside. From the chic Hotel San Jose on South Congress to stylish residences all across Central Texas, their work is among the finest and most creative around. As their business continues to expand, so does their reputation for integrity, knowledge, and style.

Big Red Sun
1102 E. Cesar Chavez

Best Appliance/TV Repair

Bond's Television & Electronics Inc. has been a local fixture since 1954. Family owned and operated, Bond's has a reputation for doing good, solid work – and for being honest and easy to work with. Heavy on customer service, light on the frills that drive up prices, Bond's wins this year's vote!

1010 W. Lynn

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