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2016 Readers Poll
2016 Critics Picks
Best Adult Store

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

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

Photo by Gary Miller

Todd V. Wolfson

Best Comics/Fandom

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

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

Photo by Jana Birchum

Best Electronics Store

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

Multiple locations
www.discountelectronics.com

Best Farmers' Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by John Anderson

Best Neighborhood Grocery

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

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

Photo by John Anderson

Best Record Store

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

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

Multiple locations
www.planetktexas.com

Best Toy Store

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

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

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

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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