2021 Readers Poll
2021 Critics Picks

photo by David Brendan Hall

Men's Clothing

"Very cool threads." Erin Finney

1423 S. Congress

Women's Clothing

"Literally where I get ALL of my clothes." Kristyn Wickham

Uptown Cheapskate
3005 S. Lamar Ste. 110-A

courtesy of Uptown Cheapskate

courtesy of Blue Velvet

Vintage/Consignment Clothing

"Absolutely adore this affordable, unique, and impeccably curated spot." Greer Kofoed

Blue Velvet
217 W. North Loop

Bridal Shop

"They have a large selection of less traditional gowns and were very helpful with making everything accessible to me. My disability makes it hard to dress myself and the owner helped me find and try on the gowns that would both look and work the best in my wheelchair." Jennifer Henegan

701 S. Lamar Ste. D

photo by Zeke Barbaro

photo by John Anderson


"Affordable, stylish, meaningful jewelry made by hand – and she's keeping it green!! Checks off all the boxes." Nina Giacona

Nina Berenato Jewelry
3200 Palm Way #152


"Love this long-lived local shop!" Martha King

Room Service Vintage
117 E. North Loop

courtesy of Room Service Vintage

courtesy of Uncommon Objects

Used Furniture/Antiques

"Coolest place to browse around." Barbara Williams

Uncommon Objects
1602 Fortview

Garden Store/Nursery

"This business goes out of its way to provide plants, education, and a very cool and inspiring environment. LOVE IT!" Pat DeVincent

The Natural Gardener
8648 Old Bee Caves Rd.

courtesy of The Natural Gardener

courtesy of Austin Flower Co.


"Best flower selection in town! Love that they support local growers. Amazing staff." Veronica Haig

Austin Flower Co.
1612 W. 35th

Neighborhood Grocery

"All around great selection, delicious deli, best staff. And I appreciate their strict social distancing enforcement." Rachel Riskind

Wheatsville Food Co-op
3101 Guadalupe, 512/478-2667
4001 S. Lamar, 512/814-2888

photo by John Anderson

photo by David Brendan Hall

Farmers' Market/Farmstand

"Best way to spend a Sunday. It's a real treat to be able to pick up fresh local produce and talk to the farmers who grew it." Blaire Babyak

Texas Farmers' Market at Mueller
2006 Philomena

Liquor Store

"It's where tequila comes from, right?" Mitch London

courtesy of Spec's

photo courtesy of Forbidden Fruit

Adult Store

"Classic Austin." Adrea Craft

Forbidden Fruit
108 E. North Loop

Smoke Shop

"Austin funky to the core. Have found a way the give stoners viable jobs. Got to love that." Michelle Salas

photo by Jana Birchum

courtesy of Restart CBD

CBD Purveyor

"Quality products and female-owned." Manny Sanchez

Restart CBD
2521 Rutland Ste. 150-A

Pet Store

"Best customer service of my life! They know my dog by name and always stop to give me advice." Kayla Santana-Linares

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson


"They went above & beyond to stay in business while keeping both their employees and patrons safe in 2020. One of the few heartbeat-of-Austin businesses that we are lucky enough to still have around." Candy Steinman

603 N. Lamar

Electronics Store

"Super knowledgeable and helpful service." Laura Doll

Precision Camera & Video
2438 W. Anderson Ste. B-4, 512/467-7676
9600 S. I-35, 512/243-6096

courtesy of Precision Camera & Video

photo by Jana Birchum

Sporting Goods

"A magical place to explore, so much fun stuff that you never knew you needed (but you do)." Jo Eckler

Whole Earth Provision Co.
1014 N. Lamar

Whole Earth Provision Co.
4477 S. Lamar


"Huge selection. Friendly employees. And a cat." Jeff Johannigman

Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy
2438 W. Anderson Ste. B-1

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by Jana Birchum


"Not only are they an awesome shop, but they've been following CDC guidelines during the pandemic, and are an inclusive, diverse spot." Chris Romani

Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy
2438 W. Anderson Ste. B-1

Record Store

"Legacy store. Great history. Attention to local artists." Nancy Totton

Waterloo Records
600-A N. Lamar

photo by David Brendan Hall

courtesy of Jerry's Artarama

Arts and Crafts Store

"Our go-to for all our supplies, lifesavers during the pandemic." Sarah Schiff

Jerry's Artarama
6010 N. I-35

Austin Gifts/Souvenirs

"Tremendous support for Austin artists and the best selection in town for art and gifts." Lisa Zinna

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
6100 Airport

photo by David Brendan Hall

photo by John Anderson

Monthly Subscription Box/Service

"I never knew I needed so many beets." Jenny Carroll

Johnson's Backyard Garden
9515 Hergotz

Most Innovative Pivot

"H-E-B should just run the state already. Make H-E-Buddy the state mascot." Natalie Cardenas

photo by John Anderson

photo by David Brendan Hall

Shopping Wild Card

"Such unique finds & love supporting small!" Dixon Elizabeth

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