Best of Baltimore 2018: Services

Appliance repair

Home System Appliance Repair

Whether it's the oven during the holiday season, or the washer and dryer during the rush of the summer, Home System Appliance Repair comes to your door ready to service all major household appliances, including cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves and refrigerators in Baltimore and its surrounding counties. 443-865-0419,


A/V Installer

IMPEL Services

Owner Randall Perry acts as a one-stop shop for residential audio and visual needs — from boosting a network's Wifi and hiding wires to mounting TVs and projectors and installing home theaters and speakers. Perry, who has been working in Baltimore and surrounding counties since 2001, also sells the equipment, matching prices to other major store or distributor prices. But skill does not outdo service, said Perry, who aims to give each customer a superb experience. 443-804-3163,


Bike repair

Race Pace Bicycles

Get your bike back on track with this high-rated and reliable family business, which offers the range of mechanical service offerings, including the basic flat tire fix, tune-ups, and brake work at each of its seven locations. They've even shifted to e-bike service, according to manager Paul Cavalieri. "If it's on a bicycle, we fix it," he said. 1414 Key Highway and other locations, 410-986-0001,

Carpets & Rugs

Priceless Carpets & Flooring

Visit the in-house showroom, which boasts hundreds of carpets, rugs and remnants that can be cut and bound into any size and used in custom work. But the expertise in flooring goes beyond carpet — Priceless works with tile, wood, laminate, vinyl and more. 1967 Greenspring Drive, Lutherville Timonium. 410-561-3810,

Computer repair

Digital Geek

The Baltimore-based company has made it their duty to "make I.T. more human" for home users and for small businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Digital Geek specializes in a range of services for computers and computer systems, including internet connectivity; diagnosis and repairs; virus, spyware and malware removal; data recovery; backup and transfers; screen replacements; upgrades and more for desktop and laptop computers. The best part: they come to you. 443-451-4296,


Charm City Concierge

If you're looking to up the morale of your employees, enlisting a concierge can maximize their time and energy and foster a sense community in the workspace. Charm City Concierge, which works with local property management companies and businesses, offers time-saving services, like dry cleaning and catering, while also assisting with health and wellness, stocking the fridges in common areas, or even solidifying reserved seating at entertainment venues. 800-931-1702,

Baltimore-based Charm City Concierge works with local property management companies and businesses to offer employees time-saving services, like dry cleaning and catering, health and wellness services and even solidifying reserved seating at entertainment venues in the area.

Dog-walking service

Walk the Dog

Julie Benoit, Kelly Zimmerman and Molly Doherty launched their dog-walking business in 2002, which has evolved into a full-fledged network operating in neighborhoods around the city. The company, which embarks on 200 to 300 walks a day, offers dog walking and pet sitting services for a variety of animals, with vetted contractors and community members.The company now uses PetCheck, a mobile app that allows owners to see when and how long their dogs were walked. "It gives the clients a piece of mind," Benoit said. 410-366-0400,

Dry Cleaning

Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners

Down comforters and draperies are no problem for Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners. The family business, which has operated since 1921, ranges from basic laundry services to more complex cleanings and preservation, including wedding gowns, home and textiles, and area rugs. The company also offers alteration and repairs for various items, like shoes and leather. To top it all off, there's pick-up and delivery service. Glyndon Square, 4828 Butler Road, Glyndon; Brooks-Huff Shopping Center, 11223 York Road, Hunt Valley, 410-833-5200,


American Pest

With Baltimore ranked worst city for bedbugs two years in a row, it's important to have a reliable exterminator on backup. The Fulton-based company, established in 1925, is on call with a range of preventative, maintenance, treatment and inspection services and certified entomologists determined to protect your home from termites, mosquitoes and stinging insects, as well as birds, rodents and ticks — often in eco- and pet-friendly ways. 301-891-2600,

American Pest provides a range of preventative, maintenance, treatment and inspection services and certified entomologists determined to protect your home from birds, termites, mosquitoes, rodents, ticks and stinging insects — often in eco- and pet-friendly ways.

Eyeglass repair

Peepers of Severna Park

Improving eyesight is the expertise at Peepers, where doctors and lab technicians perform exams and provide eyecare services. The shop also offers eyeglass repair service, including glasses adjustment, screw and lens replacements, and anything needed for frames and lenses. And if for some reason the glasses are irreparable, there are more than 2,000 eyeglasses available in-store for purchase. 139 Ritchie Highway Suite B, Severna Park, 410-544-7417,


Mr. Handyman of Northern Baltimore County

"It's easier to say what we don't do," says Mark Evans, franchise owner. Ranked in the top 5 percent of all Mr. Handymans in the country, the northern Baltimore County establishment services Baltimore City and Harford and Baltimore counties, tending to a variety of "honey-do" lists and home repair and installation needs thanks to its seven experienced technicians. From major jobs like remodeling a bathroom to the quicker fixes of doors, shutters and drywall, the work is guaranteed. 410-363-7745.

Home Inspector

Jack Reilly Associates

Established nearly four decades, Jack Reilly Associates gives up-to-date service to residences and commercial establishments that goes above and beyond state-required standards. The company, which services Baltimore and its surrounding counties, video-records entire inspections and analyzes electrical and heating and cooling systems, plumbing, water heaters and chimneys, while also tending to gutters and drainage. 410-276-6444,

Jack Reilly Associates performs and video records entire home inspections and analyzes electrical and heating and cooling systems, plumbing, water heaters and chimneys, while also tending to gutters and drainages.- Original Credit: Jack Reilly


Sila Heating and Air Conditioning

Whether your home is historic or new, Sila folks say no system or issue is too big for them to handle. The local establishment, which operates in the Maryland and Washington area, works with all major heating and cooling brands and systems, and offers of a variety of repairs, installations and tune-ups for boilers, furnaces, water heaters, heat pumps, thermostats, humidifiers and more. The company also offers a "high velocity" central air conditioning system, designed for homes without ductwork. 410-760-2121,


The Outdoor Advantage LLC

Outdoor hangouts are much better when your yard and patio are on point. The Hunt Valley company specializes in hardscaping and landscaping that can take a regular yard to the next level with decks, patios, outdoor kitchens and decorative gardens, which the company can design from scratch. When winter rolls around, snow removal is an additional service. 300 Clubhouse Road, Suite 225, Hunt Valley, 443-602-5493,


Roland Park Lock & Key Service

If you're locked out, Guy Parr has the key — several. The locksmith, who has been working in the area for more than three decades, has become an expert, servicing mostly residences and some commercial spaces with installing, re-keying and repairing locks, replacing keys and removing faulty ones, and assisting with lockouts for both cars and homes. 410-978-8030,

Guy Parr, locksmith and owner of Roland Park Lock & Key Service, services residences and some commercial spaces with installing, re-keying and repairing locks, replacing keys and removing faulty ones, and assisting with lockouts for both cars and homes.


Alpha Plumbing

The Pasadena company strives to provide A-grade service and a plumbing expertise that goes beyond fixing the average leak or busted pipe. Serving Baltimore and areas within 15 miles of their home base, Alpha Plumbing performs exterior sewer and water repair work and does a variety of installations, including toilets, faucets, garbage disposals and refrigerators. "We just like to do good work at a reasonable rate and make people happy," said John Taylor, chief operating officer. 410‐255‐5998,


DG Alteration, Inc.

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With 30 years of experience, Dmitriy Grunin has alterations and customer service down to a science, allowing him to offer same-day, next-day and rush alterations, sewing, and express tailoring for both men and women's clothing — all at affordable prices. Reservations and appointments can be made through his website. 4407 Kenwood Ave, Raspeburg, 443-315-7181.

Tree Service

A-AAA Tree Service

When the trees in your yard become too large or dangerous to handle on your own, the Kingsville company is there to step in. From pruning and trimming to the actual removal of trees, the licensed tree experts tend to heavy-duty yard needs, including storm damage cleanup and stump grinding. 410-321-0921,


Watch repair

Greenmount Loan and Jewelry

In addition to its extensive selection of new and used watches for sale, the family business of more than three decades also has a knack for getting watches back in tip-top shape with repairs, cleanings and replacements of batteries, watch bands, pins and other accessories. And if they can't do it in house, Greenmount Loan and Jewelry will source out any needs to a company within their network to service you.3118 Greenmount Ave., Waverly, 410-243-3311,