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.


Austin government, nonprofit and business leaders recently participated in a weeks-long summit centered on unsheltered homelessness in the city. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house 3,000 homeless individuals in Austin in the next three years would cost $515 million

The plan Austin City Council members discussed April 20 emerged from a weekslong community-wide summit on homelessness.

Photo of Zilker Park
Travis County establishes Civilian Conservation Corps to tackle climate, environmental projects

The program will create opportunities for residents to work on projects including wildfire prevention, solar energy promotion and park cleanups.

Residents march to the Texas Capitol in protests after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Austin leaders react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

At an in-person information session at the Austin Community College Pinnacle campus April 17, Colorado River Constructors spokesperson Laurie Simmons said the campus is the company’s preferred choice for a batch concrete plant. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
'No toxic batch plant': Southwest Austin residents protest proposed Pinnacle site for Oak Hill Parkway concrete production

Colorado River Constructors officials said the ACC Pinnacle site would be the safest and least impactful to local residents.

Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard speaks to reporters March 13 at the Delco Actiity Center in Northeast Austin. Residents can walk up to the Delco Center on April 22 and 23 and receive vaccines without an appointment. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Public Health will accept walk-up vaccinations at the Delco Activity Center starting April 22

APH will also leave its registration portal open throughout most of the week.

Early voting for the May 1 election runs April 19-27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Hays County reports 500 votes in first day of early voting

Education-related election items in Hays County include $443.5 million in bonds as well as city council positions, school board seats and municipal utility district directors.

Early voting for Travis County's May 1 local elections opened April 19. In this file photo, voters line up ahead of the 2020 primary elections at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 8,000 Travis County voters cast ballots on first day of early voting

Early voting for the county's May 1 election began April 19 and will run through April 27.

The Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin is one of the locations where residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (Jack Flalger/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin vaccine updates: Demand slows as state begins marketing push

Appointments are beginning to go unfilled, and local health officials say demand has caught up to supply. All adults in the U.S. are now eligible to be vaccinated.

Blue Corn Harvest Leander is located at 11840 Hero Way W., Bldg. A, Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Blue Corn Harvest opens in Leander; park, pizzeria launches social club and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Photo of two performers on an outdoor SXSW stage
South by Southwest sells ownership stake in company to Rolling Stone owner Penske Media Corp.

SXSW leadership called the sale a "lifeline" for the conference and festivals.

The Southwest Austin median home price topped $500,000 for the first time in March. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)
SW Austin median home price reaches $530,000 in March, up 32.8% from last year

The median home price topped $500,000 for the first time in March.

Photo of people receiving vaccines in a gym
Austin Public Health lengthens windows for vaccine appointment signups

Residents age 18 and up can now sign up for appointments with APH any time from Saturday to Tuesday morning.