H2O Car Wash and Detail's staff keeps cars in showroom condition with an emphasis on attentiveness and high-quality products. Meticulous hand washes are the team members' hallmark, and they perform each scrub down with soft, wool mitts instead of relying on machines or enormous carnival dunk tanks. To keep every vehicle looking its best, washes incorporate 100% carnauba wax to baby paint jobs and Lexol conditioners to gently maintain inside upholstery. The technicians rid interior and exterior dirt with a suite of washing and detailing services that leaves finishes glowing and interior fabrics looking freshly laundered. While the team does its work, motorists stay entertained in a lounge furnished with free WiFi and cable TV, and a kids' play area complete with video games works even better than hiring the GPS navigator to babysit.
At Genie, nearly a half-century of business success lends an air of wizened experience to locations recently upgraded with $500,000 in renovations. A large staff efficiently shuttles vehicles through a wash tunnel cushioned with foam pads designed to leave exteriors unscratched. Patrons can choose between one of six multistep car washes, or cherry-pick à la Carte services such as leather conditioning, engine cleaning, and headlight restoration. Detailing packages assemble extra touches that subject disheveled cars to white-glove once-overs including trunk cleanings and carpet steam cleanings.
People looking for the best pizza in the world flock to two places: New York and Italy. Debbie, the daughter of Austin Pizza Garden's owner, and an award-winning pizzaiola, was no exception. To hone her culinary craft she visited both locales on a transatlantic quest for the perfect pizza recipe. Once she felt she'd mastered one—preferring the thin-crust variety for its unmistakable texture—she flew home to Indianapolis, where she founded
Bazbeaux. In no time, the pizzeria took off, earning it a top spot in Indy's pizza scene, an honor that still endures
nearly three decades later. To spread her success, Debbie taught her recipe to her family in Austin, who set up a pizzeria of their own in one of the city's century-old historical buildings.
Today, the chefs at Austin Pizza Garden still lovingly make pies using Debbie's carefully crafted recipes, and spice up the original flavor with their own distinctive spin. They throw jalapeno slices into the mix of the texas fajita pie, for example, which is crowned in fajita chicken and avocado and served with a side of sour cream. They've even expanded beyond the traditional pizza sauce, swapping out classic marinara for walnut pesto or black-bean dip. Whether baking up familiar flavors or unique creations, Austin Pizza Garden blows a longhorn of plenty that gathers Austinites near and far.
University of Texas alumnus, husband, and father of two, Steve Takamatsu took up the reins at long-standing Lawson Tire & Automotive to better accommodate his growing family and to provide local drivers with the services of ASE-certified technicians. Steve and his crew keep cars running with the help of AC Delco parts and Mobil motor oils, brandishing AAA approval, a Blue Seal of Excellence from the Automotive Standards of Excellence, and three gold star stickers on the staff refrigerator. The team offers an expansive list of services that tends to almost all makes and models, and a specialized Fast Brake mobile brake-repair service that fixes or replaces faulty brakes at customers’ locations. Inside the shop, a comfortable waiting area helps drivers pass the time with amenities including DSL Internet access, TV, vending machines, and complimentary coffee.
Channeling Austin's spirit of community, honesty, and music through the doors of its service garage, the two mechanics who founded Groovy Automotive stand by their services with a one-year or 12,000-mile guarantee that is honored at a nationwide network of certified shops. At all four locations, Automotive Service Excellence–certified technicians leap into action to remedy ill vehicles with repairs or foster peak road prowess with upkeep and maintenance. The care they show cars also extends to the community. They donate to organizations such as the Helping Hand Home for Children, and recycle oil, tires, and coolant to relieve the environment of toxins and prevent disgruntled car-part protests outside junkyards. As an additional gesture of goodwill, Groovy Automotive's courtesy-car service lets clients keep on trucking while their own rides are down for the count.
ith more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Austin Cycle Camp's studio is the sweaty seam where science meets spandex. For the first part of the test, you'll receive a complete body-composition analysis, parsing out your ratio of fat to lean muscle mass and the likeliness of razor-sharp claws springing out of your knuckles. Then you'll undergo a sub-max VO2 test to measure your body's ability to process oxygen and fuel exertion; this is a major indicator of your overall fitness level. While you crank out a 90-minute workout, the experienced staff will monitor your heart rate and record patterns and aberrations. When you're done, you'll sit down with an experienced trainer and hash out the results. They'll help you interpret your body's signals and apply your individual attributes to a straightforward, effective training regime.
Members of car2go enjoy the freedom of transportation that comes with owning a car without the worries of keeping up its maintenance or discovering that it’s a robot in disguise. Participants can reserve a car ahead of time through the company’s website or snag an unreserved vehicle by swiping their membership card past the windshield to unlock it and punching in a PIN to start it up. All fuel, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs are included with each rental, allowing patrons hassle-free travel as they explore downtown or give their pet goldfish a tour of the suburbs. After zipping around town, members park in an open car2go spot and walk away, letting a team of cleaners and technicians take care of the rest.
As a figure in the car wash community for more than 20 years, George Murray has seen what technology can do...and he's no fan of it. At least when it comes to car washes. The advent of mechanized power scrubbers and jet-engine power blowers may have led to the popularity of automated car washes, but those robots are prone to scratching surfaces, snapping antennas, and stealing hood ornaments to add to their trophy case. Understanding that human hands know how to polish a car better than over-sized toothbrushes, George opened The Final Touch Car Wash to give cars a custom, hands-on treatment. Utilizing soft wool mitts, car wash and detailing experts spiff up exteriors and interiors with hand polishing and waxing treatments that leave no scratches, and dry surfaces with soft chamois cloths.
The mobile technicians of Virtual Dent Repair gently massage dings and hail damage back into shape on autos and small aircraft without disturbing the existing finish or using fillers or paint. Paintless dent removal takes 15 minutes for each blemish—the same amount of time it takes the neighbor’s toddler to wind up before another rock launch. A Virtual Dent Repair technician will come to wherever the customer's ride resides within 24 hours of a service call. Wielding specially made tools, techs undo dents from underneath or behind the wounded body panel. Virtual Dent Repair backs each service with a warranty that lasts for the vehicle's lifetime. Click here to see a gallery of Virtual Dent Repair's work.
At The Arbor Car Wash, skilled detailing crews and lube technicians meet drivers’ everyday vehicular needs from washing and detailing to oil changes and state inspections. Automatic washers restore squeaky-clean shine to exteriors, and pure elbow grease vacuums carpets and waxes exteriors. In the service center, technicians swap out oil with fresh, premium Castrol oil. Throughout each wash or service job, customers can retreat inside for a handful of popcorn or slink into a comfy chair to whittle a new steering wheel. The Arbor Car Wash also looks out for its community, donating time and money to a list of organizations that includes the American Cancer Society, the Austin Children’s Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Auto Care Super Saver's ASE–certified technicians keep vehicles running in top form with a bundle of maintenance services redeemable over the course of a year. Experienced mechanics ensure horseless chariots ride smoothly with a series of three oil changes, which include up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a brand-new filter to protect drivers from their vehicles' constant profanities. The included air-conditioner performance test cleanses cars' circulatory systems, keeping vents from inappropriately spewing heat or fully formed snowmen, and a brake inspection reveals any stopping problems. Customers can unleash services on any domestic or foreign vehicle—whether it be a foreign or domestic station wagon, sports car, or merry-go-round mount.
Aside from a coat of green paint on the outside, Capitol City Crawler’s fleet of eco-friendly buses don’t look like all that different from other buses on the road. Look inside, though, and you’ll find what is essentially a club on wheels. There’s seating for 24 passengers, and the seats are arranged against the walls so there’s plenty of room for dancing, too. Each bus comes equipped with a bar, a thumping sound system, LED lighting, and an inflatable doorman. The buses are popular for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but they’re also suitable for kids’ birthday parties, brewery tours, and wine-tasting tours in the Hill Country.
Housed within a spacious 53,000-square-foot facility, Cowboy Harley-Davidson of Austin carries a colorful assortment of apparel, engine parts, and new and used motorcycles, all created by the iconic brand. First-time riders and seasoned hog tamers alike stroll in beneath the sales floor's towering ceilings to buy or rent bikes, try on new threads, or have work done by one of seven master technicians. Since many staffers are riders themselves, they can also offer real-life road tips, including the best accessories for a long ride, where to hide out during sudden rainstorms, and the best way to affix baseball cards to your spokes.
Since 1954, Carter’s Auto Repair has maintained and repaired cars of all makes and models. Today, the shop's three locations are manned by a crew of ASE-certified technicians adept at inspecting everything from trucks and SUVs to sedans and smart cars. The team checks and repairs engines, transmissions, and suspension systems, as well as replacing malfunctioning clutches and servicing air conditioners. Beyond major repairs, Carter’s also helps vehicular health by changing oil, rotating tires, and stuffing vegetables into the fuel tank.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with the standard brake service including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.