Family-run Jenny’s Market has been a Howard County staple for over two decades, drawing customers from all over the area with its top-quality produce, from peaches to corn to pumpkins and mums — and personal touches.
“We pick through our produce to make sure each apple, pear or peach is perfect,” said Jennifer Lewis, a member of the family that helps the market run like clockwork. Plus, she said, “Our clients become friends. When people come in, they ask for specific people because they want to give us a hug.”
Now in its 32nd year, Brightwater the Spa offers traditional spa treatments, like facials and lash extensions, as well as newer options like LED light therapy and body contouring with cupping. The spa team is also certified to work with oncology patients, which means they are “sticklers for hygiene,” said owner Jamie Bright, and the staff takes frequent classes to stay up to date on new therapies.
The spa’s services are only part of its appeal; customers also love its tranquil setting and the close relationships they build with the staff. “Our spa is very intimate,” said Bright. “Our work family has been together for at least 15 years and we know our clients by name.”
April Sargies has cleaning — and caring — in her blood. She grew up working for her parents’ cleaning company then shifted gears to study and work in design and luxury retail. Ten years ago, she founded Neat Nest Maids, drawing on both experiences.
At Neat Nest, Sargies prioritizes responsiveness, attention to detail and building long-term relationships. “I tell clients there’s no such thing as nitpicky,” she said. “And my ladies know that it’s not just cleaning your house; Neat Nest is part of the community, and we really care about our clients. We build relationships organically, and clients become family.”
The Cleaning Authority — Columbia
Pioneer Custom Cleaning
Landscaper: Rhine Landscaping
Absolute Landscape & Turf Services, Inc.
Lauren’s Garden Service & Native Plant Nursery
Plumber: Ken Griffin Plumbing Services, Inc.
JA Smith & Co.
Zepp Plumbing & Heating
Ehrhardt Brothers Quality Plumbing Inc.
Real estate agent: Bob Lucido, Keller Williams Integrity
Debbie Gottwals, The Wendy Slaughter Team of Elevate Real Estate Brokerage
Allan Waschak, Le Reve Real Estate
Maria Weaver, Re/max Advantage Realty
Remodeler: Allan Homes
Cornerstone Remodeling, LLC
American Kitchen Concepts, Inc.
Senior housing community: The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant
Six years ago, when Robin Holliday opened HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Ellicott City, she featured the work of nine artists. Today, in a larger space in Historic Savage Mill, 48 different artists have their work on display – and most of those included live within 30 miles of the gallery.
The collection is eclectic in terms of content and media, but the artists have a few things in common. “I pick artists based on whether they’re talented and if they’re kind,” Holliday said. “I only carry uplifting art. Life is hard enough. When you come in, I want you to feel better.”
Pups who make their way to Wagging Lounge Dog Resort are lucky ones indeed: the 2.5-year-old Columbia doggie daycare, boarding and grooming operation was has indoor and outdoor play areas, a treat bar featuring goodies from companies like Barking Buddah and Bowser Dog Beer, and special “luxury villas” available for dogs making overnight stays.
“They are fully furnished rooms,” said owner/operator Jimmy Kim. “They get a little peace and quiet and privacy, and their own heating and air conditioning. They are something a very spoiled dog would get.”
Camp Bow Wow
Tecla’s K-9 Academy
The Coventry School for Dogs and Their People
Family lawyer: Mulinazzi Law Office
McCabe Russell, PA
The Law Office of Lisa M. Goldblatt
Ruben Law Firm
Financial adviser: Gary Williams, Williams Asset Management
Michael D. Heigh Jr., Edward Jones
Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors
John Faggio, Faggio Financial
Florist: Wilhide’s Unique Flowers & Gifts
The Flower Basket, Ltd.
Clarksville Flower Station
Ellie’s Arrangements, Inc.
Interior decorator/designer: Marilyn Greene Interiors
Interior designer Marilyn Greene believes that good design should be accessible to everyone and that working with a designer shouldn’t be a daunting prospect.
“I like to make stylish spaces in an affordable and accessible way,” said Greene. She does that by offering design “packages” that include a set number of design hours for a specific room, and result in custom plans that clients can implement right away or sometime in the future.
Greene’s plans are rooted in reality, too. “I’m understanding of how people live their lives,” she said. “They’ve got kids, dogs, all kinds of things. I try to make it functional first, then bring in design.”
Drury Lane Interiors LLC
Pet groomer: The Dog Wash
Dogtopia of Clarksville
Salon: Inspire Salon
Mason & Friends
Looks Salon and Spa
Travel agent: Destinations Inc.
AAA Columbia Car Care Insurance Travel Center
Stephanie Depew — Your Travel Concierges
Blog: Scott E’s Blog
Clergyperson: The Rev. Stacey Brady, The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant
Rabbi Susan Grossman, Beth Shalom Congregation
The Rev. Paige Getty, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
Glenelg High School, 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg. 410-313-5528. ghs.hcpss.org
In his 14 years as a principal, Glenelg High School’s David Burton has tackled many challenges, including a highly publicized 2018 incident involving students spray-painting racist graffiti outside the school. But even when dealing with troublesome situations, his love of the job and of the kids he sees every day remains strong.
“One of my favorite times of day is cafeteria duty because I get to interact with the kids,” said Burton. “It’s important, letting kids know you care. When you do that, it makes for a better relationship with parents and staff and everybody.”
The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway #2825, Columbia. 410-730-1520. edwardarthur.com
Edward Arthur Jewelers, which celebrates 45 years in business this year, has earned its spot as a beloved part of the community. “Everyone who shops here becomes part of the family,” said Vice President Kyle Brooks, a 17-year employee whose father also works at the store. “People bring their babies to meet us and when they grow up, they come here when they get engaged.”
Edward Arthur embraces its history but isn’t old-fashioned; customers also appreciate its state-of-the-art technology, which includes the capacity to design and create custom pieces. “We can design from your imagination, creating a digital CAD rendering and bring it ‘live’ in about two weeks,” said Brooks.