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2019 Critics Picks

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“Sip some beer and get a sweet blowout.” Vivian Silva

Birds Barbershop
Birds Barbershop South Lamar, 2110 S. Lamar, 512/442-8800
Birds Barbershop Burnet, 6800 Burnet Rd., 512/454-1200
Birds Barbershop East Sixth, 1107 E. Sixth, 512/457-0400
Birds Barbershop South Congress, 1902 S. Congress, 512/445-0500
Birds Barbershop 41st/Red River, 905 E. 41st, 512/492-8400
Birds Barbershop Slaughter, 5000 W. Slaughter, 512/758-7800
Birds Barbershop 183/Anderson Mill, 13219 Hwy. 183 N., 512/879-4700
Birds Barbershop Rock Rose, 11420 Rock Rose #114, 512/610-7600
Birds Barbershop William Cannon, 3601 W. William Cannon, 512/795-4600


“You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere that captures that ‘Austin hospitality’ like VINYL does. Incredible stylists, wonderful location, and awesome vibes all around.” Michael Hanrahan

VINYL Beauty Bar
2823 E. MLK #150

Photo by Jana Birchum

Photo by Jana Birchum


“Milk + Honey is magic. This spa strikes the balance of being super clean and nontoxic while remaining 10/10 luxurious.” Andrea M.

Milk + Honey
100-A Guadalupe, 512/236-1115
12901 Hill Country Blvd. Ste. D1-110, 512/236-1115
9722 Great Hills Trail #210, 512/236-1115


“Absolutely heavenly massages here.” Nellie Summers

Viva Day Spa
215 S. Lamar, 512/361-2047
1811 W. 35th, 512/361-1786
11601 Rock Rose Ave., 512/361-2558

Photo by Jana Birchum

Photo by Shelley Hiam


“A nail studio with a mission? Hell yeah!” Jenelle Dronkers

Cute Nail Studio
1211 E. Seventh


“Waxing is not the most pleasant experience, but the specialists at Wax That! are so professional that you’re in and out in a breeze!” Maggie Pace

Photo by Shelley Hiam

Photo by Shelley Hiam


“Beautiful upscale salon, friendly staff, and best service ever.” Andres Manon

Lash Lounge
1911 Aldrich #140, 512/648-5274
3300 Bee Caves Rd. #630, 512/361-5274


“Hotel San José all the way with their epic frosé.” Chris Nelson

Hotel San José
1316 S. Congress

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Photo by Jana Birchum

Bike Shop/Repair

“They take better care of my bike than I do!” Dean Phillips

Bicycle Sport Shop


“Sister Temperance’s bimonthly live Instagram videos on the new and full moons are always so spot on.” Juliet Morgan

Sister Temperance Tarot

Photo by John Leach


“They do really good work, personable work, and I love how they made me feel so at home. We will be back.” Jathan Desir

Atomic Tattoo
8401 Burnet Rd., 512/458-9693
13686 Hwy. 183 N., 512/249-7319
15301-F N. I-35, Pflugerville, 512/252-8537
2800 S. I-35 #108, 512/445-7260
11657 Research #105, 737/205-7039

Auto Repair/Service

“When you ask other mechanics where to take your car in Austin, they say Flamingo.” – Stephanie Potter

“I have gone to Gene Johnson for 30 years. They shoot straight; I trust them.” Aubrey McIntosh

Flamingo Automotive
3512 Guadalupe

Gene Johnson Automotive
2300 Manor Rd.

Photos by David Brendan Hall

Photo by Jana Birchum

Computer Repair

“Great service, great prices.” Dina Peridi

Discount Electronics
4005 W. Parmer, 512/983-9989
1001 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/637-7051

Music Services/Equipment

“Strait Music built Austin’s music scene 50 years ago. Best products and outstanding service.” Rick Ingraham

Strait Music Co.
3201 Bee Caves Rd., Suite 140
13945 Hwy. 183 N., 512/918-3743

Photo by John Anderson

Blackillac at Arlyn Studios   Photo by David Brendan Hall

Recording Studio

“I’ve spent months there this past year and know firsthand the quality of the staff, the facility, and the ever-elusive but essential vibe.” Matt Hubbard

Arlyn Studios
200 Academy Dr. #140

Home Maintenance/Services

“Amazing owners who treat their employees right and want to improve our community, too.” Shelley Szucs

ABC Home & Commercial Services
9475 Hwy. 290 E., 512/837-9500
202 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, 512/819-9140
208 S. Guadalupe St., San Marcos, 512/392-9500
1010 College St., Bastrop, 512/308-1274

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Lawn Care/Landscaping

“Been using them for years. Reasonably priced, effective, and safe for the good critters.” Brandi Bennu

Real Green Pest and Lawn
15527 RR 620 N.

A/C Repair/Installation

“Super commitment to community service as well as customer service.” Kim Usey

Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning
901 Reinli

Photo by John Anderson

(l-r) Craig, Jane Bryant and Jef Bryant   Photo by John Leach


“Bryant Electric Service is the best-run and easiest-to-work-with service company I’ve ever worked with. Great folks.” Bryan Haynes

Bryant AC & Electric
4825 Weidemar #600


“Very responsive and run a professional and ethical business.” Laurie Flood

Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning
901 Reinli

Photo by John Anderson

Photo by Todd V. Wolfson


“It is third-generation family-owned and -operated, and you can expect to be treated as one of their own when in their care.” Kelly Walker

8225 Burnet Rd., 512/454-9547
2119 N. Mays, Round Rock, 512/246-3979

Maid Service

“Great people who run the show over there. They care about having good service and welcome client feedback.” Erica Visser

Photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Photo by Todd V. Wolfson


“Love EcoClean’s wash & fold service. When I’m too busy with work to deal with laundry, I can take them all my stuff and they handle it with care and everything comes back smelling clean (and NOT chemically) and nicely folded.” Leslie Thetford

2438 W. Anderson Ste. C-3, 512/236-8645
4012 N. Lamar, 512/236-8645
3005 S. Lamar Ste. D-114A, 512/236-8645
3600 Capital of Texas Hwy. N. #120, 512/263-8645

Dry Cleaner

“Always friendly, on time, and cost-efficient.” Heidi Bray

Rick's Cleaners
3652-D Bee Cave Rd., 512/327-6846
7435 Burnet Rd., 512/454-7425
110 N. I-35 #250, Round Rock, 512/244-4363
5324 Cameron, 512/452-2200
850 N. Bell Blvd. #304, Cedar Park, 512/258-4990
11126 Jollyville, 512/346-8845
900 N. Austin Ave. #603, Georgetown, 512/930-0666
500 W. William Cannon #404, 512/462-3868
12218 RR 620 N., 512/257-0057
8400 Brodie #101, 512/291-1588
3810 Gattis School Rd. #102, Round Rock, 512/244-3733
13011 Shops Pkwy. #200, Bee Cave, 512/263-1588
3411 N. Lamar, 512/323-0188
2614 S. Lamar, 512/433-6666

Photo by John Leach

Photo by John Anderson


“Reliable and reasonable.” Amy Creed

Ace Custom Tailors
724-A N. Lamar, 512/478-9965
11909 Domain Dr. #154, 512/345-7688
2707 Walsh Tarlton, 512/329-0523


“The little things at the end of a brutal move are huge: connecting washer/dryer, furniture re-positioning. Customer satisfaction is top priority until the very end.” Jon Cottle

Einstein Moving Co.
9200-A Brown, 737/252-1607
3904-B Warehouse Row, 737/530-8057

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Real Estate Agent

“Lilly went above and beyond to help us prepare our house for the market, taking it upon herself to vet make-ready firms, consult with stagers, coordinate professional photography, and even haul off trash in the middle of the night.” Becca Frasier

Apartment Locator

“Super helpful. I was able to find a great apartment in one day.” Ashley Zapf

A+ Apartment Locators
11150 Research #208

Natalie Young (l) and Shelly Austin   Photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Photo by Bret Brookshire


“She has the family law reputation that all you have to whisper is that she’s repping you and the settlement notebooks come out.” Erin McArthur

Becky Beaver


“Vets are excellent – very competent and caring, and they listen. And the cat waiting room with pheromones greatly relaxes our pets!” David Boerner

Brodie Animal Hospital
3421 W. William Cannon #110

Photo by Bret Brookshire

Photo by Jana Birchum

Doggie Day Care

“They make my crazy dog not seem so crazy. Anyone who can do that is a winner in my book.” Sara Davila

Taurus Academy
715 S. Lamar, 737/402-8679
6917 McNeil, 737/242-2359
Taurus Academy: Bark & Zoom, 2601 Cardinal Loop, 512/817-2275
12419 Metric, 737/242-2381
3721 RR 620 N., 737/202-2156
6506 Burnet Rd., 512/900-2236

Pet Grooming

“I utilize both the professional groomers and the self-service wash there for my dog, and she loves both.” Lisa Leary

Dirty Dog
8108 Mesa, 512/342-8399
2710 S. Lamar, 512/443-0013
3016 Guadalupe, 512/453-3647
1901 W. William Cannon, 512/383-0444

Photo by Bret Brookshire

Photo by Bret Brookshire

Wedding Venue

“I had my wedding here. Photos were magical.” Reiko Rogers

Mercury Hall
615 Cardinal

Services Wild Card

“Free health services for marginalized communities with a friendly and knowledgeable staff that feels like a second family to patients – how does it get any better than that?” Jess O’Rear

Kind Clinic
101 W. Koenig #300

Photo by Jana Birchum

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