Best of Howard 2012 winners announced

The results are in!

Each year, we ask our readers to tell us their favorite businesses, people and places in Howard County. The response was better than ever this year, with a new option to vote online.

Stay tuned for a special feature in our December issue that will let you get to know our winners even better.

Want your voice to be heard? Send us a tweet @HowardMagazine with a specific reason why you like one of our winners, post your comments on our Facebook page, or e-mail Your comments could be included in our Best of Howard issue.


Annual festival/event

Winner: Wine in the Woods
Honorable mention

Columbia Festival of the Arts
Howard County Fair

Place to buy antiques

Winner: The Antique Center at Historic Savage Mill
Honorable mention
Historic Ellicott City
Taylor’s Antique Mall
Westwood Unique Furnishings & Antiques

Art gallery

Winner: Gallery 44
Honorable mention
Artists’ Gallery
Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College
Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House

Auto repair shop

Winner: British American Auto Care
Honorable mention
Hillmuth Certified Automotive
Ken’s Service Center
Eakles Auto Care
Foreign Auto Experts


Winner: Touche Touchet
Honorable mention
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Kupcakes & Co.
Bonaparte Breads


Winner: HowChow (
Honorable mention
HoCo Rising ( by Tom Coale)
Pawsitive Outlook (
Tale of Two Cities ( by Dennis Lane)

Place to buy books

Winner: Barnes & Noble
Honorable mention
Daedalus Books
Second Edition

Car Dealership

Winner: Apple Ford
Honorable mention
O’Donnell Honda
Jim Coleman Honda


Winner: Putting on the Ritz Catering
Honorable mention
Columbia Chef Catering
Rehm’s Catering
Absolutely Perfect Catering
Kloby’s Smokehouse


Winner: Neighbor Ride
Honorable mention
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
The Arc of Howard County
Animal Advocates

Child care

Winner: Bet Yeladim
Honorable mention
Little Builders
Brookfield Christian
Columbia Academy
Young School
Goddard School


Winner: Howard County Chiropractic Spine & Sports Rehabilitation (Russel & Veronica Antico)
Honorable mention
Dabbs Rehab Center of Maryland (Vaughan Dabbs)
Morrison Chiropractic (Brian Morrison)
Elite Chiropractic & Sport (Josh Bross)


Winner: Rev. Dr. Robert Turner, St. John’s Baptist Church
Honorable mention
Monsignor Joseph L. Luca, St. Louis Church
Rev. Paige Getty, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
Rabbi Susan Grossman, Beth Shalom Congregation

Clothing boutique

Winner: Serendipity
Honorable mention
Simply Divine
Liquid Blue Denim


Winner: (tie) Alex Pagnotta, Western Howard County Warhawks Football and Hero's Lacrosse, and Sue Mangan, Columbia Masters Swimming
Honorable mention
Megan Vallach, All Pro All Stars Cheerleading
Russ Dickens, Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County and Special Olympics Howard County
Chris Beil, Glenelg High School golf
Mike Harrison, Wilde Lake High School football

Place for dance lessons

Winner: Arthur Murray Ballroom Dance Studio
Honorable mention
Arabesque Dance Studio
Studio Dans
Backstage Dance Studio
One for All Dance Academy

Day spa (including massage)

Winner: The Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique
Honorable mention
Lynn’s Day Spa
Skin Care Institute
The Still Point

Dental practice

Winner: Columbia Smiles Family Dentistry (Dr. David Halpern)
Honorable mention
Dobbin Dental
Dr. John Graybeal
Katkow Dentistry

Doggie day care

Winner: Dogtopia
Honorable mention
Club Pooche
The Coventry School Inc. for Dogs and Their People

Dry cleaner

Winner: Zips Dry Cleaning
Honorable mention
Oakland Mills Cleaners
The Wardrobe Valet

Elected official

Winner: County Executive Ken Ulman
Honorable mention
State Sen. Allan Kittleman
County Council member Calvin Ball
State Del. Guy Guzzone
State Del. Liz Bobo

Financial institution

Winner: Columbia Bank
Honorable mention
Tower Federal Credit Union
M&T Bank
Howard Bank

Place for a first date

Winner: Clyde’s
Honorable mention
Lakefront activities
Iron Bridge Wine Co.
Victoria Gastro Pub
Columbia Orchestra
The Melting Pot

Flooring and carpeting
Winner: Bode Flooring
Honorable mention
The Vertical Connection Carpet One
A Plus Carpet & Flooring
Andy Breeden Floors

Winner: Wilhide’s
Honorable mention
Clarksville Flower Station
The Flower Basket
Wessel’s Florist & Weddings
Raimondi’s Florist

Furniture store
Winner: Oak Tree Furniture
Honorable mention
Indoor Furniture

Garden center/Nursery

Winner: River Hill Garden Center
Honorable mention
Sun Nurseries
Grandfather’s Garden Center & Nursery

Golf course

Winner: Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club
Honorable mention
Turf Valley
Timbers at Troy Golf Course

Gym/Fitness center

Winner: Lifetime Fitness
Honorable mention
Supreme Sports Club
Athletic Club
Columbia Gym

Hair salon

Winner: Mason & Friends Hair, Skin & Nail Salon
Honorable mention
Dakota Salon
Looks Salon & Spa
YOU Salon
Victoria & Albert Hair Studio

Place to buy health food/supplements

Winner: David’s Natural Market
Honorable mention
Roots Market
MOM’s Organic Market
Trader Joe’s

Heating/Air conditioning repair

Winner: Environmental Systems Associates
Honorable mention
Husky Home Services
Ron Air


Winner: Williamsburg Builders
Honorable mention
Columbia Builders
ProBuilt Construction

Housecleaning service

Winner: Merry Maids
Honorable mention
The Cleaning Authority
Pioneer Custom Cleaning


Winner: Sergio’s Jewelers
Honorable mention
Edward Arthur Jewelers
St. John’s Jewelers
Smyth Jewelers
Everett Designers of Fine Jewelry

Kids’ activities

Winner: Clark’s Elioak Farm
Honorable mention
Columbia Association
Howard County Recreation & Parks
Columbia Neighborhood Swim League


Winner: Rhine Landscaping
Honorable mention
Lauren’s Garden Service
Tony’s Lawn & Garden
Oaklawn Landscaping

Place for a manicure

Winner: Mason & Friends Hair, Skin & Nail Salon
Honorable mention
Skin Care Institute
Columbia Nails

Place for martial arts classes

Winner: Klotz Institute of Karate
Honorable mention
American Academy of Martial Arts
Black Belt Institute


Winner: Between the Lines Medispa
Honorable mention
Medical Skin Therapeutics
AllCare of Maryland
Pura Vida Medical Spa

Place for music lessons

Winner: Damon Foreman Music Academy
Honorable mention
Mike’s Music
Music & Arts
Olenka School of Music

OB/GYN practice

Winner: Signature OB-GYN
Honorable mention
Capital Women’s Care
The Women’s Group
Dr. Jeri Shuster

Pediatric practice

Winner: Kenneth Klebanow & Associates
Honorable mention
Parnes, May, McKay, Lee & Associates
The Pediatric Center

Personal trainer

Winner: Bonnie Pace, Columbia Gym
Honorable mention
Vic Selvaggi, Colosseum Gym
Nick Barr, Fitness Together

Place for pet grooming

Winner: Highland Groomery
Honorable mention
Club Pooche
The Dog Wash


Winner: Ken Griffin Plumbing & Heating
Honorable mention
Joseph Heil Co.
Len The Plumber

Police officer

Winner: Christopher Cromwell
Honorable mention
Derek Johnson
Steve Willingham
Michael Johnson


Winner: Marcia Leonard, Hammond High School
Honorable mention
Frank Eastham, Oakland Mills High School
Pat Saunderson, Reservoir High School
Rick Wilson, Folly Quarter Middle School
Scott Ruehl, Mt. Hebron High School


Winner: Pro-Built Construction
Honorable mention
Ken Griffin Plumbing & Heating
Cossentino and Sons

Place to buy seafood

Winner: Frank’s Seafood Wholesale Market
Honorable mention
Today’s Catch
Sea King

Place for shoe repair

Winner: King’s Cobbler
Honorable mention
Renew Instant Shoe Repair
Vance Shoe Repair

Place to rent for special occasions

Winner: (tie) Historic Oakland and Ten Oaks Ballroom
Honorable mention
The Great Room at Savage Mill
The Other Barn in Oakland Mills
Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center

Place to buy spirits and/or beer

Winner: Perfect Pour
Honorable mention
Jason’s Wine & Spirits
Decanter Fine Wine
Pine Orchard Liquors

Travel agent

Winner: Destinations Inc.
Honorable mention
Frosch Travel

Urgent care center

Winner: Patient First
Honorable mention
Righttime Medical Care
AllCare of Maryland
KinderMender Walk-in Pediatric Clinic

Veterinary practice

Winner: Cat and Dog Hospital of Columbia
Honorable mention
Countryside Veterinary Clinic
Dunloggin Veterinary Hospital
VCA Lewis Animal Hospital

Place to buy wine

Winner: Perfect Pour
Honorable mention
Decanter Fine Wines
Wine Bin
Pine Orchard Liquors

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