Hey Houston, your life is about to get easier with a new service that will bring you just anything you want, because now, there’s an app for that.
The Austin-based delivery app Favor and its personable runners have arrived in Houston. Favor is a service that allows users to order a host of items for delivery through a shiny, user-friendly app.
“The app features the most popular places around you, but, unlike most services, you can request anything you need,” co-founder Zac Maurais tells CultureMap.
While trendy foodies will love this new app, Favor is not only for the hungry Houstonians. If you need someone to pick up your dry cleaning, just enter it in and it will be delivered to you by a friendly blue tuxedo-shirted runner.
If you're in need of something other than food delivered to you, simply tap the "Essentials" tab and options like CVS, Petco, and even the Apple store pop up. If those stores aren't to your liking, simply type in the name and Favor will bring it right to you. Sorry, though, alcohol can't be delivered at this time.
“The app is as simple as possible. It features the most popular places around you, but, unlike most services, you can request anything you need. Your options aren't limited to just the places that we partner with,” Favor co-founder Zac Maurais tells CultureMap.
College buddies and former pizza delivery guys Maurais and Ben Doherty launched the service in Austin in 2013 and have expanded it to three cities. “We wanted to create something where you could order, pay for the transaction, and have someone else pick it up for you, all done through an app,” Maurais says.
Favor thrives on the unique rapport created between the runners and the app’s users. Runners are like personal assistants who keep up constant communication, making the experience a positive and memorable one, Maurais says.
Favor boasts a cashless and simple payment method, with a $6 delivery fee plus 5 percent of the total cost of the item and tip to the runner, all done through the app. For your first time, the $6 fee will be waived with the code “CLUTCH.”
The average delivery time is 35 minutes, but times can vary depending on demand, traffic and restaurant wait times. We always keep you posted on the status of your order, via push notifications and texts from your runner.
For now, the service is limited to Rice Village, Midtown, Downtown, River Oaks, Galleria and Medical Center areas from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. As the app continues to grow, the owners plan to expand to more areas of Houston.
Maurais says the vibrant millennial population is what attracted Favor to expand to cities like Austin, Boston, Dallas, and now Houston. “We’re excited to be in Houston. It's a service that people are really going to value here because nothing like this has ever existed before," he says.