Shop tries to recover after SUV drives through window

An Austin business continues to clean up after a driver ran right through the front of their store.

It happened late last month. Sources say a driver ran a red light and lost control. The vehicle ran into Parts and Labour, a store on South Congress specializing in local art and handmade goods

The owners say the crash hurt business. Without the driver’s insurance picking up the cost of damage yet, they are fronting the cost themselves but have seen a quick decline in sales due to customers thinking they are undergoing construction.

“We don’t have the merchandise available for customers who are asking for it,” said owner Lizelle Villapando. “Artists don’t have the funds to immediately replenish you know 12 dozen shirts that were lost. So I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

The store supports local artists by only selling goods made in Texas.

The remaining hole after the vehicle was retrieved.
The remaining hole after the vehicle was retrieved.

They also donate most of their profits to Austin Pets Alive. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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