2021 Readers Poll
2021 Critics Picks

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"They made getting haircuts during COVID at least thinkable, and they’re real good folks too." Holt Lackey


"Excellent stylists, amazing color wizards. They're fun, funky, and professional. All the best things rolled into one spot!" Valerie Sadorra

Method Hair
1800 E. Fourth #103

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photo by Jana Birchum


"Talented and kind staff make the best spa experiences." Teresa Sokolow

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


"Incredible treatments every time. Doesn’t matter who you book with – you’re going to receive the best massage every visit." Lauren Spiers

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 David Brendan Hall


"Best nail salon around! Talented artists, LGBTQ+ safe space, inclusive, and adorable. Amazing nail art." Katherine Riordan

Cute Nail Studio
1211 E. Seventh


"I only trust the women at Viva with my skin and hair removal needs. They know how to help you achieve inner and outer beauty." Lauren Alana

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 Jana Birchum


"Her work is incredible, she is so friendly, and I can't believe I get to live with brows like THESE on my face!" Alison Arneberg

June's Brow Co.
510 E. St. Elmo, Bldg. 510-A


"It's beautiful and lovely and the staff is perfect. Run by a bunch of strong women. Great location!" Sydnee Farr

Hotel San José
1316 S. Congress

photo by David Brendan Hall

photo by David Brendan Hall

Bike Shop/Repair

"R.I.P. Bicycle Sport Shop. You'll always be in my heart for the Real Ale Ride and the Poker Ride, not to mention great staff and attitude. Miss you so much!" Tex Obie

Bicycle Sport Shop


"Angel is an amazing reader. A rare and true visionary and healer." Kaia Ivry

Sister Temperance Tarot

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photo by John Anderson


"Very clean and professional. Artists really work to understand what you want." Stephanie Harrison

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

"Best customer service and always peace of mind that the work is done correctly." Ruth Wheeler

Groovy Automotive
4011 Red River, 512/450-0951
3511 Guadalupe, 512/275-0535

photo by John Anderson

photo by Jana Birchum

Computer Repair

"Best prices, best service, best selection." Kyle Nations

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

Music Services/Equipment

"Strait Music has been rockin' this town for 60 years!" Rick Ingraham

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

photo by John Anderson

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Home Maintenance/Services

"Down-to-earth, awesome service. They really care!" Jana Ortiz

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

Lawn Care/Landscaping

"Great service, awesome pricing. Once I started using Real Green, my lawn looked amazing. Very happy customer." Eduardo Ramos

Real Green Pest and Lawn
15527 RR 620 N.

photo by David Brendan Hall

courtesy of Viking Fence


"Does quality installation with quality material." David Hogan

Viking Fence
9602 Gray Blvd., 512/837-6411
11701 Von Quintus Rd., 512/777-2900

A/C Repair/Installation

"These are the guys you want working on your problem." Charles Grice

Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning
901 Reinli

photo by John Anderson

courtesy of SALT Light & Electric


"Very helpful and quick to respond." Jean Hayes

Salt Service Co.
901 S. MoPac, Bldg. 1, Suite 300


"Cute commercials on the radio. The married couple owners are relationship goals." Jaime Young

Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning
901 Reinli

photo by David Brendan Hall

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"I've used them for years. Very satisfied with their work. Good staff." Bob Rubel

8225 Burnet Rd., 512/454-9547
2119 N. Mays, Round Rock, 512/246-3979
1315 W. Ben White, 512/447-1883

Cleaning Service

"They are very reliable and do a great job, including periodic inspections of their own cleaning teams, ease of recheduling, extra services, etc." Manuela Gutt

8000 Anderson Square #107, 512/479-7978
1208-W N. I-35, Round Rock, 512/479-7978

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"Always open and clean machines." Amy Romero

SpinZone Laundry
1909 E. Willam Cannon, 512/326-2200
6307 Cameron, 512/454-6600
2424 S. Congress, 512/447-2700
1108 N. Mays, Round Rock, 512/580-0900

Dry Cleaner

"Exceptional customer service, great prices, quick turnaround." Cassandra Ricks

courtesy of Rick's Cleaners

photo by John Anderson


"I won’t go anywhere else. The work is just wow." Tina Ponder

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


"Best movers and have a great sense of humor to boot." James Tracy

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

photo by David Brendan Hall

Real Estate Agent

"She is the best and helped this first-time homeowner buy her home!" Jovita Pardo

Apartment Locator

"These guys worked hard for us when we decided to move Downtown." Ana Zuniga

Smart City Apartment Locating
506 E. St. Elmo Ste. A-1

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"Great advocates and great Austin citizens." Ted Siff

Cofer & Connelly
602 W. 11th


"Emancipet has helped me raise four fur babies at an affordable price. I really appreciate what they do for the community." Anna Strother

1030 Norwood Park Blvd. #316, 512/587-7729
15803 Windermere Dr. #420, Pflugerville, 512/587-7729
7201 Levander Loop, Bldgs. I & K, 512/587-7729

photo by David Brendan Hall

photo by Jana Birchum

Doggie Day Care

"Lots of locations. Employees are passionate about dogs. Love that I can add puppy snuggles/couch time to my dogs' stay." Erin Geisler

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 didn't recognize my dog when they finished." Wordy Thompson

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

Courtesy of Dirty Dog Grooming

Photo by Julie Wilhite | Photography Courtesy of Mercury Hall

Wedding Venue

"Beautiful setting, perfect in every way." Mary Priddy

Mercury Hall
615 Cardinal

Online Adult Education

"ACC is the best bargain in education in Austin." Teresa Walters

photo by David Brendan Hall

Most Innovative Pivot

"Helped a bunch of people keep income coming in when jobs were lost and helped people in the process. After the winter storm efforts to help our unsheltered citizens, they have a new special place in my heart." Amanda Hodges

Runner City
2119 S. Lamar #114

Services Wild Card

"These badass ladies opened at the very beginning of the pandemic and have not only survived, but thrived. They are generous and inclusive and truly creating a sustainable wellness center for community." Jessica Zarowitz

Earth Commons
813 Springdale

photo by David Brendan Hall

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