2018 in review: 10 featured South Austin businesses

Bob Wandersee (center) opened South Austin Barber Shop in 1989. His son, Tom (right), now owns the business, and grandson Matthew (left) is a barber.

Bob Wandersee (center) opened South Austin Barber Shop in 1989. His son, Tom (right), now owns the business, and grandson Matthew (left) is a barber.

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
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.





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 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
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.





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.





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.





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.
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.





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
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.


By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.