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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

108 E. North Loop, 512/453-8090, www.forbiddenfruit.com

Best Bookstore
BookPeople

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

603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050, www.bookpeople.com

Best Comics/Fandom
Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy

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

2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-B, 512/454-2399, www.dlair.net

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

1506 S. Congress, 512/444-2002, www.lucyindisguise.com

Best Electronics Store
Discount Electronics

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

Multiple locations, www.discountelectronics.com

Best Farmers' Market
Texas Farmers' Market at Mueller

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

Browning Hangar, 4209 Airport, 512/363-5700, www.texasfarmersmarket.org

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

107 E. North Loop, 512/451-1057, www.roomservicevintage.com

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

2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-B, 512/454-2399, www.dlair.net

Best Garden Store/Nursery
Natural Gardener

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

8648 Old Bee Caves Rd., 512/288-6113, www.naturalgardeneraustin.com

Best Local Bridal Shop
Unbridaled

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

701 S. Lamar, 512/444-2743, www.unbridaled.com

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

Multiple locations, www.kendrascott.com

Best Men's Clothing
Stag

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

1423 S. Congress, 512/373-7824, www.stagprovisions.com

Best Neighborhood Grocery
Wheatsville Food Co-op

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

3101 Guadalupe, 512/478-2667; 4001 S. Lamar, 512/814-2888, www.wheatsville.coop

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

Multiple locations, www.tomlinsons.com

Best Record Store
Waterloo Records

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

600-A N. Lamar, 512/474-2500, www.waterloorecords.com

Best Smoke Shop
Planet K

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

Multiple locations, www.planetktexas.com

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

2438 W. Anderson, 512/445-4489 www.terratoys.com

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

100-A North Loop, 512/478-5325; 4411 Russell Drive, 512/326-2629, www.vulcanvideo.com

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

1512 S. Congress, 512/442-4000, www.uncommonobjects.com/

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

3005 S. Lamar Ste. 110-A, 512/462-4646, www.uptowncheapskateaustin.com

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