Services

Best auto repair: A1 Auto Three Brothers Car Repair

From engines to oil changes to inspections, A1 Auto Three Brothers Car Repair offers hands-on service from mechanics with decades of experience. The shop, a family business that has been in operation since 1992, offers no-frills expertise in foreign and domestic automotive repair for various vehicle...

  • Best boarding kennel: Dogtopia of Canton

    Best boarding kennel: Dogtopia of Canton

    Whether you’re out of town for a day or a full week, Dogtopia of Canton serves as an all-in-one, offering overnight boarding kennel with at least 10 hours of promised open playtime with other dogs each day, a doggy day care and a doggy spa. Each dog is evaluated before boarding or daycare to ensure...

  • Best builder or contractor: Smithouse Construction

    Best builder or contractor: Smithouse Construction

    Smithouse builds properties from the ground up, while also refurbishing old spaces and constructing additions for residences and commercial buildings. Clients have included the Baltimore Country Club and the historic Mount Vernon Club building. Smithouse also offers renovations for kitchen and...

  • Best carpets and rugs service: Baltimore Steam Cleaners

    Best carpets and rugs service: Baltimore Steam Cleaners

    Family-owned Baltimore Steam Cleaners promises a deep cleaning for carpets, upholstery, and tile and grout flooring using steam technology to target tough stains and dirt in homes and businesses. The company also offers pet treatments for carpets and allergy relief services to treat and reduce...

  • Best cobbler: Eugene's Shoe Repair

    Best cobbler: Eugene's Shoe Repair

    Eugene Gomberg has been operating this Roland Park shoe repair shop for just over 20 years, making sure Baltimoreans step out in style. The cobbler  takes on worn and torn footwear, repairing soles and heels, resizing shoe widths, replacing buckles and elastics, and restoring leather for what Gomberg...

  • Best computer repair: Charm City Networks

    Best computer repair: Charm City Networks

    This IT consulting company and repair shop answers to computer repair needs, wiping out pesky viruses and malware, assisting in data recovery, installing motherboards, repairing screens and “pretty much everything,” according to co-owner Liridon Shabani. They’re not a big shop, he added, but they...

  • Best exterminators: Brody Brothers Pest Control

    Best exterminators: Brody Brothers Pest Control

    Brody Brothers Pest Control, a family-owned business of more than 30 years, helps rid homes of pesky creatures — ants, bedbugs, rodents, termites or other wildlife. And their work doesn’t stop with extermination — the company will also help pest-proof your property. 1430 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville,...

  • Best eyeglass repair: The Frame Mender

    Best eyeglass repair: The Frame Mender

    The Baltimore location of The Frame Mender, one of four within Maryland and D.C., specializes in eyeglass repair and serves as the national mail-in repair center, meaning whether you’re across the country or down the street, there’s a dependable option to fix your frames. The store also offers...

  • Best hardwood flooring: Signature Hardwood Floors

    Best hardwood flooring: Signature Hardwood Floors

    For more than two decades, Signature Hardwood Floors has been focusing on what they know best — hardwood floors. Whether it’s design, installation, refinishing, repairs, stain application or historic restorations, the company aims to make the floors a highlight of any home or commercial building....

  • Best hardware store: Falkenhan’s Hardware

    Best hardware store: Falkenhan’s Hardware

    The family-owned and operated store has served Hampden for decades, offering up a variety of hardware and tools for house repair and cleaning, pest control, gardening, electrical work and plumbing — all in an “old-school way,” said Tyler Falkenhan, the son of owner Debbie Falkenhan. The shop also...

  • Best home-security installation: Advanced Security Safe and Lock

    Best home-security installation: Advanced Security Safe and Lock

    Installing residential and commercial camera and security systems for homes and businesses is Advanced Security Safe and Lock’s forte, but whether you live in a digital or analog world, the company offers 24-hour service, Sunday through Friday for emergency fixes to systems and lockouts for residences...

  • Best housekeepers or maid service: Majestic Maids

    Best housekeepers or maid service: Majestic Maids

    The locally owned company, which serves Baltimore and surrounding areas, offers a variety of residential cleaning services, including options for scheduled monthly or biweekly cleanings, and move-in, move-out cleanings with optional hauling services for a convenient relocation. And they won’t forget...

  • Best HVAC services: Arundel Cooling & Heating

    Best HVAC services: Arundel Cooling & Heating

    Arundel Cooling & Heating aims to keep customers cool in the summer, warm in the winter and comfortable year-round with a variety of services. Known as a carrier for heating and cooling equipment, the firm also performs electrical repairs, and sells and installs home standby generators. 707 Nursery...

  • Best landscaping: Green Fields Nursery & Landscaping Company

    Best landscaping: Green Fields Nursery & Landscaping Company

    Best known for its nursery, this multifaceted garden center also provides design and installation of foundations for home yards and gardens. While the landscaping company doesn’t mow lawns, or install “hardscape” — patios or decks — staff members coordinate and partner with other companies to get...

  • Best nursery: Valley View Farms

    Best nursery: Valley View Farms

    From a roadside produce stand in 1962 to one of the largest garden centers in the region, Valley View Farms has evolved into a prime destination for local gardeners, with its large selection of vegetables, flowers, herbs and specialty plants. “If you want it for the garden, we got it,” said nursery...

  • Best plumber: Honest Abe Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

    Best plumber: Honest Abe Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

    Whether you’re in need of repair of a drain, leak, gas line or the dreaded clogged toilet, Honest Abe Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is at your service, promising affordable prices. In business since 2011, the company offers plumbing repairs; drain cleaning; and service for water heaters, boilers,...

  • Best solar installation: Maryland Solar Solutions Inc.

    Best solar installation: Maryland Solar Solutions Inc.

    With many switching to solar energy, Maryland Solar Solutions Inc., a woman-owned company, offers services to help build a life using sustainable and renewable energy. The firm features solar electric options for homes, government and businesses, and features at-home consultations by certified...

  • Best tailor: Nicky’s Tailoring

    Best tailor: Nicky’s Tailoring

    Jamaican-born tailor Clifton Hutchinson, best known as “Nicky,” has offered alterations and custom-made suits, shirts and casual dresses in the Baltimore area for 16 years, creating a loyal following through internet reviews and word of mouth. “It all lies in the cutting,” said Hutchinson, 52,...

  • Best upholstery: Century Upholstery

    Best upholstery: Century Upholstery

    With Century Upholstery, worn furniture doesn’t have to exist. The upholsterer repairs and restores furniture to preference and can build custom pieces with the customer’s vision in mind. And if it’s only a minor repair or a touch-up needed, the shop offers service calls bringing the shop’s inner...

  • Best watch repair: Lakein’s Jewelers of Hamilton

    Best watch repair: Lakein’s Jewelers of Hamilton

    The family business, which has been operating since 1913, keeps up its legacy of jewelry and watch repair. With a family graduate gemologist on site, the shop sees to repairs of watches, replaces batteries, restores watch bands, and has a variety of bands in stock in case you’re looking for a new...

  • Best of Baltimore readers' choice winners: Services

    Best of Baltimore readers' choice winners: Services

    We asked; you voted. Here are the winners for the Best of Baltimore readers' choice awards in the services category. For staff picks, click here. (For the other categories: People and media | Lifestyle and shopping | Dining and nightlife | Arts and activities)

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