2018 in review: 10 featured South Austin businesses


Each month Community Impact Newspaper features a different locally owned business. Here are 10 South Austin businesses featured in 2018.

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

Dr. Mary Faria is the CEO and acting president of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. (via Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

Flu shots. Blood work. Often patients see a physician wielding a needle and brace for a jolt of pain. However, at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, acupuncturists use needles—alongside herbs—to reduce chronic pain and other ailments, said Dr. Mary Faria, the school’s CEO and acting president. Read the full profile here.

Bees provide natural sugars, such as honey, that can be used for cooking in the kitchen at home. (via Luz Moreno-Lozano/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bee Friendly Austin

What started out as a hobby for owner Tanya Phillips to make lip balm, candles and lotion bars out of beeswax has grown into a one-stop shop for beekeeping, education, equipment and honey. Read the full profile here.

High Cotton features living room and bedroom sets on display throughout the store that change on a regular basis. (via Courtesy Leandra Blei Photography)

High Cotton Home & Design

Owner Tricia Dabney said she had no idea a one-year interior design project commitment in 2011 would lead her to open High Cotton Home & Design in Southwest Austin. The store offers a variety of home decor designs, gifts and consultation services. Read the full profile here.

Jurassic Car Wash

The site has four self-service stations. (via Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jurassic Car Wash

Jurassic Car Wash owner John Borek said he’s “your typical, weird South Austin guy” with a passion for putting things together and collecting “cool” items. Services at Jurassic Car Wash include four self-service stations with soap and hoses, stations for vacuuming and shampooing the interior of a vehicle, and the standard automatic machine. Read the full profile here.

Owner Jon Michelson opened Lofty Dog’s South Austin location in 2017. He also owns a location on Anderson Lane. (via Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lofty Dog

A locally owned business with locations on Manchaca Road in South Austin and Anderson Lane in Central Austin, Lofty Dog has a staff that can help pet owners find which pet products are right for them, owner Jon Michelson said. Read the full profile here.

The boutique features women’s clothing, a wide selection of bath salts and soaps, candles and gifts. (via Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Rose & Violets Boutique

From the vinyl flowers and decorations on the store window to the custom-made sign up above, Rose & Violets Boutique owner Melissa Finkel’s artistic flair and personality are on display before customers even walk though the store’s hot-pink front door. Read the full profile here.

Matthew, Bob and Tom Wandersee stand in front of South Austin Barber Shop. (via Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

South Austin Barber Shop

South Austin Barber Shop specializes in men’s hair styles and offers traditional-style barbering, beard trims, hot-towel shaves and more. The shop hires only licensed barbers, and they use a razor finish on all haircuts, owner Tom Wandersee said. Read the full profile here.

St. Elmo Brewing Co.’s four year-round beers are the Carl, Chico, Angus and Slater. (via Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

St. Elmo Brewing Co.

Serving over 500,000 glasses of beer in its two years of operation, St. Elmo Brewing Co. brews a new beer variety each week. The staff always has something fresh for customers to try. Read the full profile here.

Amy Winton stands with her son Price at the entrance to Tennis Zone, their family-run shop. (via Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tennis Zone

For Chris and Amy Winton, tennis, family and business are one and the same. The couple founded Tennis Zone in April 2016. Located off Hwy. 71 in Oak Hill, the store offers rackets, shoes, apparel and other accessories. Read the full profile here.

Twomey Auto Works specializes in repairing cars that have been damaged in a collision, dinged or scraped. (via Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Twomey Auto Works

In 1979, Don Twomey was repairing cars behind the Sigma Chi fraternity house at The University of Texas at Austin. Nearly 40 years later he is still fixing cars—in a South Austin collision and auto body repair shop that bears his name. Read the full profile here.

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  1. Hi Taylor,

    I’m a big fan of the newspaper. Have you or anyone else ever done a story on longstanding businesses in south Austin? I’m thinking of Callahan’s General Store, EcoWise, etc.? We have so many newcomers to Austin, a feature like this may help spread the word about longtime local businesses.

    Thanks and happy new year!

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.
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