Residents’ favorite people, places and organizations – Baltimore Sun

Need a roofer or a new fence? Looking to join a gym? In search of a chiropractor?

The Best of Anne Arundel County Readers’ Choice Contest can help. More than 9,500 votes were cast in this year’s readers’ poll, culling a list of the 119 top people to know, places to go and things to do.

Editor’s note: Winners and honorable mentions were determined by popular vote. Readers were invited to nominate and vote online in February and March.

Charter boat: Bay Hunters

Honorable mentions:


Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, Skipjack Wilma Lee

Schooner Woodwind Sailing Cruises

Country Club: Annapolis Yacht Club

Honorable mentions:

Chartwell Golf & Country Club

The Golf Club at South River

The Cannon Club

Dance lessons: Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Arnold

Honorable mentions:

Ballet Theatre of Maryland

The Dance Academy

Dance Center of Severna Park

Day trip: Town of St. Michaels

Honorable mentions:

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park


Ocean City

Cruises depart from Annapolis City Dock.

Annapolis walking tours begin at various places. 410-268-7601.

It began in 1972 with one man, a boat and a wish to give sightseeing cruises on the Chesapeake Bay. Fifty years later, Watermark is a bustling business, boasting 12 charter vessels ripe for weddings, proms and corporate parties. It’s a surf and turf venture, offering land-based tours of Annapolis as well, from enlightening jaunts through the historic district to spooky ghost walks at night, led by guides (“squires” and “mistresses”) dressed in colonial garb and sharing engrossing tales.

One popular tour, dubbed “Scandalous Annapolis,” offers a lighthearted look at the town’s seamy side and is restricted to those 21-and-over. Other walks, most lasting two hours, tout the town’s African American Heritage, Women of Achievement and ArchiTrex, an architectural glimpse of the town’s older buildings.

“We love it when people leave saying, ‘I had a good time, and I learned something,’ ” said Jake Iversen. With his wife, Laura, Iversen bought Watermark in January. Having grown up nearby, he had taken the boat tours as a kid and captained one of the company’s vessels in the past.

Boats have been chartered for everything from marriage proposals to company crab feasts for 250 guests and catered solely by local establishments.

Honorable mentions:

Annapolis Ghost Tours & Crawls

William Paca House & Garden

Annapolis Eventours

Festival: Maryland Renaissance Festival

Honorable mentions:

Maryland Seafood Festival

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

Naturalization Ceremony and Fourth of July at William Paca House

Golf course: The Golf Club at South River

Honorable mention:

The Preserve at Eisenhower

Interactive/Entertainment: Ecoadventures LLC (tie) and Mission Escape Rooms (tie)

Honorable mentions:

Maryland Live! Casino

Pasadena Paintball Park

Live music venue: Rams Head On Stage

Honorable mentions:

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

Twain’s Tavern

Museum: Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

Honorable mentions:

USNA Museum

William Paca House & Garden

Museum of Historic Annapolis

Park: Quiet Waters Park

Honorable mentions:

Kinder Farm Park

Downs Park

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

Special event venue: Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

Honorable mentions:

Quiet Waters Park

William Paca House & Garden

Maryland Hall

Summer camp: Capital SUP

Honorable mentions:

Eco Adventures LLC

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

Camp Woodlands

Theater company: The Colonial Players

Honorable mentions:

Annapolis Summer Garden Theater

Classic Theatre of Maryland

Annapolis Opera (tie)

Ballet Theatre of Maryland (tie)

Carryout: Bayside Bull

Honorable mentions:

Giolitti Delicatessen

Main & Market

Carlson’s Donuts & Thai Kitchen

914 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis. 410-626-0388.

It hosts parties in stadiums, on yachts and in cornfields; caters events with as many as 1,200 guests and as few as two; and dishes up everything from paella to vegetarian fare.

“We take pride in being flexible,” said Evie Turner, vice-president of Main & Market Catering. “That, and the trust people have in us coming into their homes at special times in their lives.”

A go-to in Annapolis for nearly 30 years, Main & Market catered the 2004 wedding reception of Governor Larry Hogan (then Maryland Secretary of Appointments) and his wife, Yumi, at the William Paca House. It handles 1,500 events annually, from corporate crab feasts to college reunions to first communions.

Popular entrees include a traditional tenderloin and crab cake, salmon Wellington and grilled lime shrimp kabobs. Signature items are the pumpkin muffins and dried cranberry chicken salad. The in-house bakery cranks out a killer chocolate mousse pie and nine types of wedding cakes. The favorite? An almond pound cake with raspberry filling and sweet buttercream icing.

No challenge is too great, Turner said:

“We’ve catered a marriage proposal for two that was held at the end of a very long dock, and we’ve dressed as leprechauns for a St. Patrick’s Day event. Last month we catered a sunrise wedding.”

Honorable mentions:

Bayside Bull

Ken’s Creative Kitchen

Palate Pleasers Inc.

Convenience store: Wawa

Honorable mention:

Highs Dairy Store Car Wash

Farmers market/stand: Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer’s Market

Honorable mentions:

Anne Arundel County Farmers Market

Diehl’s Produce

Grocery store: Graul’s Market

Honorable mentions:


Trader Joe’s

Green Valley Market Place

Liquor store: Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits

Honorable mentions:

Edgewater Liquors

Bella’s Liquors

Fishpaw’s Market Place

Place to buy seafood: Annapolis Seafood Markets

Honorable mentions:

Anne Arundel Seafood

Whole Foods Market

Shoreline Seafood

Chiropractor: Bay Area Wellness

Honorable mentions:

DeMaio Family Chiropractic & Physical Therapy

Annapolis Family Chiropractic

Arnold Chiropractic Center, David M. Sortisio

Cosmetic surgeon: Annapolis Plastic Surgery

Honorable mentions:

The Sandel Duggal Center for Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery Specialists

Maryland Plastic Surgery, Dr. Adam Summers

Day spa: Even Keel Wellness Spa

Honorable mentions:

Sadona Salon + Spa

Stacie’s Natural Touch LLC

Adoro Medical Spa

Dental care: McCarl Dental Group at Shipley’s Choice

Honorable mentions:

Oral Surgery Specialists

Dr. John D. Ritter & Dr. James S. Cleary

Patton Smiles

Dispensary: Mana Supply Co.

Honorable mentions:

Gold Leaf

Green Point Wellness

Oceanside Dispensary

Family doctor/general practice: Maryland Primary Care Physicians

Honorable mentions:

Annapolis Internal Medicine

MedStar Health: Primary Care at Annapolis

Amy Ricker, Annapolis Family Medicine

Fitness/health club: Excel Pilates Annapolis Inc.

Honorable mentions:


Pip Moyer Recreation Center (Annapolis Recreation and Parks)

Edgewater Fitness

Gastroenterologist: Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates

Home health care: Response Senior Care

Honorable mentions:

MedStar Health Home Care – Central Maryland

Luminis Health Gilchrist Lifecare Institute

Griswold Home Care of Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s Counties

Hospital: Anne Arundel Medical Center

Honorable mention:

UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center

By appointment only at 139 Old Solomons Island Road, Annapolis. Prices range from $65 for a standard pedicure to $215 per toenail for reconstructive work. 443-949-9542.

Jacqui Shreve quite literally helps her clients put their best feet forward.

Shreve, who is in her mid-40s, specializes in reconstructing and reshaping toenails for customers that have been severely deformed by injury, disease or illness. She uses a flexible, durable composite resin product that restores the appearance of the toenails while allowing the remaining natural nail to grow.

Because many clients have compromised immune systems, she ensures that her office and equipment meet the cleanliness standards set by hospitals and clinics. Many of her tools are used one time and then discarded, while others are sanitized between visits.

“This is a place where people with damaged toenails can get safe pedicures,” Shreve said

“There’s always an emotional moment when my clients see their reconstructed nails for the first time. The number of people who cry after getting one of my pedicures — I never expected that.”

Honorable mentions:

Bella Lifestyle Nail Salon & Spa

Stacie’s Natural Touch LLC

Pearl Nails & Spa

Martial arts: Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi

Honorable mentions:

A.J. Bartlinski’s Karate Supercenter

Mission Martial Arts

OB/GYN: Chesapeake Women’s Care

Honorable mentions:

Annapolis OB-GYN Associates PA

Capital Womens Care

Dr. Aditya Parshad (tie)

MedStar Harbor Women’s Care (tie)

Oncologist: Maryland Oncology

Ophthalmologist: Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center

Honorable mentions:

The Retina Group of Washington

OMNI Eye Specialists

Optometrist: Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center

Honorable mentions:

Brilliant Eyecare

Island Eyecare

Peepers Eyecare Center – Gambrills Eye Doctor

Orthodontist: Labbe Family Orthodontics

Honorable mentions:

Mairead M. O’Reilly, DDS, MS, PA & Associates

Philbin & Reinheimer Orthodontics

Specialists in Orthodontics Maryland (tie)

Wright Orthodontics (tie)

Pediatrician: Annapolis Pediatrics

Honorable mentions:

Bayside Pediatrics

BelliAcres Pediatrics

Davidsonville Pediatric Group

Pharmacy: Arnold Professional Pharmacy

Honorable mentions:

Cape Drugs

Mike’s Pharmacy


Physical therapy: Rehab 2 Perform

Honorable mentions:

MedStar Health Physical Therapy

Annapolis Family Physical Therapy

Sharon Potts Physical Therapist

Podiatrist: Podiatry Group of Annapolis

Honorable mention:

Diane Susan Lebedeff

Therapist/counselor: Congruent Counseling Services

Honorable mentions:

Waypoint Wellness Center LLC

Kathy Miller MA

Anchored Hope Therapy LLC (tie)

Shoreline Counseling Services LLC (tie)

Urgent care: ExpressCare Urgent Care Center

Honorable mentions:

Patient First

PM Pediatrics

MedStar Health: Urgent Care at Annapolis

Urologist: Anne Arundel Urology

Honorable mentions:

Chesapeake Urology

The Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins

Vein center: O’Donnell Vein & Laser

Honorable mentions:

Vein Clinics of America

Center For Vein Restoration, Dr. Khanh Nguyen

Laser Center of Maryland

Veterinary care: Greater Annapolis Veterinary Hospital

Honorable mentions:

Bay Hills Animal Hospital

Bayside Animal Medical Center

Hoffman Animal Hospital

Yoga: Crofton Yoga

Honorable mentions:

Ridgely Retreat

Yoga Factory Annapolis & Crofton

Yoga Barn

Activist: Elvia Thompson

Honorable mention:

Janice M. Keating

Clergyperson: Patrick Woods, St. Mary’s Parish

Elected official: Gavin Buckley, Mayor of Annapolis

Honorable mention:

Sara Elfreth, State Senator

Personal trainer: Brian Graham, Movement Matters

Honorable mentions:

True Core CrossFit

Kat Ormond, Edgewater Fitness

Mark Fleming, Three-2 Health & Fitness

200 Windell Ave., Annapolis. 410-222-1615

Under Karen Soneira’s leadership, Germantown Elementary School doesn’t embrace only the 550 pupils enrolled in pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade. It embraces entire families.

More than three-quarters of Germantown Elementary’s students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and for two-thirds, English is their second language.

During the past eight years, Soneira (who is retiring in June) has established after-school programs for kids, weekend field trips for families and an in-school dental program. Shoes that Fit provides free sneakers through a California organization while Backpack Buddies sends home bags of food including snacks, easy dinner meals and fresh fruit.

All school clubs, from cooking to soccer to dance, are free for pupils, as is transportation. In addition to the standard curriculum of science and math, Germantown students are taught such social skills as expressing empathy.

“Germantown is working to close the gap,” Soneira said, “so all of our kids can grow towards success.”

Honorable mentions:

Kim Jakovics, Monarch Academy

Tara Lambden, Belvedere Elementary

Erin White, Assistant Principal, Chesapeake High School

Appliances: ABC Appliance Sales And Service Inc.

Honorable mentions:


Appliance Guys

Architecture firm: Purple Cherry Architects

Honorable mentions:

Spire Architecture

T. Averill Architect LLC

HD Squared Architects LLC

Attorney: Hillman Brown & Darrow

Honorable mentions:

Hartman, Attorneys at Law

Deborah L. Potter, Potter Burnett Law

Scott MacMullan

Auto dealer: Annapolis Subaru

Honorable mentions:

Koons Ford Lincoln of Annapolis

J.B.A. Chevrolet

Bayside Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Annapolis

Bank/credit union: Navy Federal Credit Union

Honorable mentions:

Shore United Bank

Arundel Federal Savings Bank

Sandy Spring Bank

Barbershop: Bourtadakis Barber Shop

Honorable mentions:

Huys Barber Shop

Til Next Time Hair Salon

Del’s Barber & Styling Shop

Car repair: Accurate Auto Service

Honorable mentions:

Cape Auto

Edelen’s Auto Repair & Towing

KG Truck & Auto

Charity/non profit: Light House Bistro

Honorable mentions:

Senior Dog Sanctuary

Friends Of The Light House

SPAN – Serving People Across Neighborhoods

Day care center: Creative Gardens Learning Center

Honorable mentions:

Bright Beginning Children’s Learning Center

Childtime of Hanover

Doggie day care: Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat

Honorable mentions:

Beechnut Kennels

Cozy Canine Camp

Playful Pack

Dry cleaner: ZIPS Dry Cleaners

Electrician: Chesapeake Electric

Honorable mentions:

All In Electric Inc.

Cook Electric Inc.

Brothers Services Co.

Financial advisor: Brian M. Conrad, Edward Jones

Honorable mentions:


Craig & Treff Financial Services

CenterPoint Wealth Advisors (tie)

Michael G Hilliard, Ameriprise Financial Services LLC (tie)

Funeral home: Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory

Honorable mentions:

Barranco Severna Park Funeral Home & Cremation Care

John M. Taylor Funeral Home

Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, P.A.

Hair salon: Hudson & Fouquet Salon

Honorable mentions:

Bubbles Salons

Fabu Salon & Spa

The Park Salon And Barber

Home improvement: Clarksville Construction Services Inc.

Honorable mentions:

Fichtner Services

Brothers Services Company

Just-IN-Time Roofing & Renovations

Homebuilder: K. Hovnanian Companies LLC

Honorable mentions:

Maxim Building Group

Timberlake Homes

Housecleaner: Ivania’s Cleaning Service

HVAC: Clarksville Heating and Air LLC

Honorable mentions:

Heidler Inc.

W.L. Staton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

Coastal Heating & Air Conditioning Co. Inc. (tie)

Grove Heating & Cooling (tie)

Insurance company: USAA Financial Center

Honorable mentions:

Huff Insurance

GEICO Insurance Agent

Jack Martin & Associates

Interior design: Anna Graham Interiors

Honorable mention:

Purple Cherry Architects

Landscaping: Homestead Gardens

Honorable mentions:

The Stone Store

Jams Lawn & Gardening Inc

Oasis Landscape Group (tie)

Scapes Inc. (tie)

Mortgage lender: Tara Dean, Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.

Honorable mention:

The Lamborne Lending Team, Powered by First County Mortgage

1230 Cronson Blvd, Unit A, Crofton. 410-403-0102.

It sounds like a Marvel movie hero. Instead, Mosquito-Man is a popular Crofton firm bent on ridding the world — or at least a shore-lined slice of it — of the flying, biting insects that menace backyard barbecues.

Each summer, Mosquito-Man serves nearly 2,000 clients, from homeowners to businesses to private schools, with synthetic or organic sprays to shoo the pests so prevalent in water’s-edge locales. A mom-and-pop enterprise with a staff of five, it thrives on personal service and customers who know their technicians by name.

“We send [techs] on the same routes to spray, so they know which homeowners own dogs, raise bees and have koi ponds,” general manager Cora Sunagoowie said. “People appreciate that.”

Ticks have also been on the hit list since owner John Rivers contracted Lyme disease “and made it part of his mission to try and prevent it in our area,” Sunagoowie said.

On the desk of her office sits a mosquito figurine made of old auto parts, a kitschy Christmas gift from her colleagues.

“It’s very, very unique,” she said. “I guess I’m the Mosquito-Man woman.”

Honorable mentions:

Economy Pest Control Inc.

Bugout Termite & Pest Control Inc.

Pet grooming: U Dirty Dog

Honorable mentions:

Cozy Canine Camp

Greater Annapolis Veterinary Hospital

Carrie’s K-9 Clips (tie)

Groomingdales (tie)

Plumber: Heidler Inc.

Honorable mentions:

W.L. Staton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

D K Miller Plumbing Inc.

Castro Home Services LLC

Pool services: Goudy Pools

Honorable mentions:

Paradise Pools Inc.

Sunrise Premiere Pool Builders LLC

Real estate agent: Sofia Jones, Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company

Honorable mentions:

Starr Hood with Keller Williams Flagship

Chip Macgill, eXp Realty LLC

Long & Foster Eastport Annapolis

Retirement community: Ginger Cove

Honorable mentions:

Brightview Senior Living

Spring Arbor of Severna Park

Baywoods of Annapolis

Roofing: Fichtner Services

Honorable mentions:

Brothers Services Co.

Just-IN-Time Roofing & Renovations

Nu Look Home Design Inc.(tie)

RoofPRO (tie)

Shoe store: Charm City Run LLC

Honorable mentions:

Fleet Feet Sports Annapolis


Stone & tile: The Stone Store

Honorable mentions:

In Home Stone

Compass Stone & Tile Studio

Atlas Stone Fabricators Inc.

Tanning salon: Palm Beach Tan

Honorable mention:

Sun Deck Tanning Salon

Travel agency: McCarl Travel

Antiques: Evergreen Antiques and True Vintage

Honorable mentions:


Annapolis Antique & Consignment Shop

Natalie Silitch

Apartment/condo: Crosswinds at Annapolis Town Center

Honorable mentions:

Chesapeake Harbour Community

Riverscape at Piney Orchard

Gardens of Annapolis

Art gallery: McBride Gallery

Honorable mention:

Gallery 57 West

Prices range from $10 to $1,500. 34 Market Space, Annapolis. 410-268-7666.

The mother and daughter team of Donna De Garcia, 68, and Sofia Garcia, 32, have created a boutique showcasing fine silver jewelry that is midway between a chain store and an art gallery.

De Garcia established Blanca Flor in 1993 when she was a bride living in Mexico and became enamored of the extraordinary silver pieces created there. Though Blanca Flor still has a heavily south-of-the-border influence, mother and daughter now import sterling silver jewelry worldwide from Poland to Indonesia.

And here’s a news flash for customers with a common skin allergy — Blanca Flor’s creations are nickel-free.

“We work with families of artisans that we have built relationships with,” Garcia said. “Mom worked with the grandparents, and now I’m meeting the grandchildren. It’s important to keep buying from these people so we preserve their designs and pass them down through the generations.”

Honorable mentions:

Ron George Jewelers

Gallery 57 West

Sanders Diamond Jewelers

Bicycle shop: Arnold Bike Doctor

Honorable mentions:

Pedal Pushers Bicycle Shop

Family Bike Shop

SHIFT Mobile Bicycle Repair

Boat dealer: Tri-State Marine

Honorable mention:

Waterfront Marine

Bookstore: Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse

Honorable mentions:

Barnes & Noble

Back Creek Books

Book Nook

Bridal shop: Annapolis Bridal & Tuxedo

Honorable mentions:

Love & Lace Bridal Boutique

Mary’s Designer Bridal Boutique

Consignment/resale: Savvy Consignment

Honorable mentions:

Once Upon a Child

2nd Ave Thrift Superstore

Fence & deck: Fence & Deck Connection Inc.

Honorable mention:

Maryland Decking

Fine jewelry: Zachary’s Jewelers

Honorable mentions:

Smyth Jewelers

Marc Todd Jewelers Inc.

Tilghman Company

Flooring: National Carpet and Flooring

Honorable mention:

LL Flooring (Lumber Liquidators)

Florist: WildFlower Stem + Sundry

Honorable mentions:

Let’s Grow

SaraYoung Weddings & Events LLC

Furniture store: Arhaus

Honorable mentions:

Millwood Furniture

Regency Furniture

Annapolis Bay Area Furnishings

Garden center: Homestead Gardens

Honorable mentions:

Bru-Mar Gardens

Gary’s Gardens

Greenstreet Gardens

Handbags: Hobo

Honorable mention:

Enchanted Art & Sole Comfort Footwear

Hardware store: Cape Ace Hardware

Honorable mentions:

K&B True Value

Clement Hardware

Kitchen & bath: Costello’s Ace Hardware of Edgewater

Honorable mentions:

Kitchen Encounters

Annapolis Kitchen and Bath

Stuart Kitchens Inc.

Lower private school: Montessori International Children’s House

Honorable mentions:

Annapolis Area Christian School, Annapolis Lower School Campus

Severn School

Naval Academy Primary School

Marina: Bert Jabin Yacht Yard

Honorable mentions:

Anchor Yacht Basin

Rhode River Marina

Annapolis City Marina (tie)

Tri-State Marine Tackle Shop (tie)

Mattress store: The Mattress Store

Honorable mention:

Mattress Warehouse

Montessori school: Montessori International Children’s House

Honorable mentions:

Chesapeake Montessori School

Guidepost Montessori

Nature store: Homestead Gardens

Honorable mentions:

House Of Tropicals

Evergreen Gene’s Inc. Landscaping & Garden Center

Silver jewelry: Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry

Honorable mentions:

Ron George Jewelers

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Sanders Diamond Jewelers

Tilghman Company

Upper private school: Archbishop Spalding High School

Honorable mentions:

Severn School

Annapolis Area Christian School

The Key School