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Goods and Services Winners 2009

Best Men's Clothing Store

South Moon Under

We know what boys like, we know what guys want. You want affordable clothes that allow you to look good without making a big issue of what you're wearing. (In fact, the guys we know care so little about fashion, we couldn't get a dude to write this.) Regional chain South Moon Under has all that covered with everything from $100-plus jeans to under-$20 T-shirts--from Alternative Apparel--with cool ... [MORE]

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Best Thrift Store
Village Economy Thrift Store
Let's say you once owned something of value. Not monetary value, more like an emotional attachment. ...

Best Tailor
Tom James of Baltimore
If you think blue button-down shirts and khaki pants qualify as a suit, you can skip this one. On th...

Best Cuff links
Dreamland
While the occasional skull and crossbones pocket square or Old Bay tie is refreshing, the true flag ...

Best Country Western Store
Carol's Western Wear
Carol's Western Wear has it all for the biggest of cow pokes to the smallest of buckaroos: a belt bu...

Best Men's Clothing Store
South Moon Under
We know what boys like, we know what guys want. You want affordable clothes that allow you to look g...

Best Women's Clothing Store
Double Dutch
We took this category very seriously, visiting clothing boutiques across the city. And while we foun...

Best Women's Shoe Store
Poppy and Stella
We've gotten shoes at Poppy and Stella we loved so much we considering making them their own Faceboo...

Best Men's Shoe Store
Benjamin Lovell Shoes
Our moms always told us that people judge you by your shoes. Now, we're not one of those people, but...

Best Place to Buy Sneakers
Mondawmin Mall
As much as we'd like to be the snazzily dressed dude who sports a different pair of totally dope sne...

Best Children's Clothing Store
Corduroy Button
Fells Point's Corduroy Button has long had some of the coolest baby togs in the city, but its expans...

Best Used Kids' Clothing Store
The Circle Shop
Finding good used children's clothing usually amounts to sorting through a deep pile at a thrift sto...

Best Toy Store
Shananigans Toy Shop
Kids love toys, and so do the people behind Roland Park's Shananigans. How do we know this? Pay a vi...

Best Mall
Mondawmin Mall
If you haven't been to Mondawmin Mall in the last year or two, you haven't ever been there. Long kno...

Best Local Jewelry Designer
Lisa Cimino
So organically structured, so delicately feminine with a strong, modern edge is Lisa Cimino's jewelr...

Best Old-School Jewelry Store
Lakein's
Lakein's is fourth generation. Seriously, old school. Father and daughter run the store working the ...

Best Hairstylist
Monica Autenzio
When you go to a stylist for the first time hoping for a look somewhere between Alexa Chung and Ashl...

Best Hairstylist for Curly Hair
Tony Sartori
If you have curly hair, you know just how difficult it can be to get your hair cut right. Those twir...

Best Place to Work-out
Druid Hill Park
With the current economy making it tight just to get groceries, who has money for a gym membership? ...

Best Group Fitness Instructor
Vanessa Buenger
Vanessa Buenger is the gold standard for group fitness instructors. She's motivational without being...

Best Yoga Studio
Charm City Yoga
Don't be put off by the trend, or the goofballs you see walking around with yoga pants saying "namas...

Best Medicinal Herbs
Grandma's Candle Shop
With Big Pharmaceutical on the take* and health-care reform in a coma, risking sickness these days i...

Best Dentist
Dr. Nicholas Garcia
Call him Dr. G, his patients do. Dr. G--whose brother Regan works as his hygienist and plays in the ...

Best Health Care Provider
Adult Medicine Specialists, MedStar Health
When we're in pain and remember we have health insurance, we feel lucky. When we have to pick a prim...

Best Local Cremation
Joseph H. Brown Jr. Funeral Home
Thinking of dying? Planning to die? Don't want to pay the big bucks and be planted in the ground? If...

Best Place to Buy Fancy Flora
The Dutch Connection, Harbor East
Healthy plants greet you through an alley-wide and deep entrance across from the Harbor East Whole F...

Best Farmers Market
32nd Street Farmers Market
It's a ritual now, the getting up early on a Saturday morning, the taking-your-life-in-your-hands cr...

Best New Farmers Market
Hamilton/Lauraville Farmers Market
Farmers markets are springing up all over Baltimore city (and county, too) like so many mushrooms af...

Best Farmers Market Vendor
Thomas McCarthy aka "The Pea Man"
You may know Thomas McCarthy as "the Pea Man" or "the Bean Man" or just as the snowy-haired man with...

Best Public Market
Northeast Market
If the growing Johns Hopkins medical campus has had any impact on the Northeast Market, it's not evi...

Best Flea Market
Plaza Flea Market at North Point
Come one, come all. Whatcha want, whatcha need? They got it all from the bottom to the top. Air Forc...

Best Place to Buy New Furniture
Red Tree
At first inspection, you might think that the mahogany furniture at Hampden's wonderland of gift-giv...

Best Place to Buy Used Furniture
Raven's Home Furnishings
The antique store that's been at this spot for years changed hands awhile back, and it's obvious the...

Best Antique Store
The Shops of Antique Row
Antique row isn't really a place you go to find bargains. It's more like the furniture exhibit at th...

Best Sex Shop
Sugar
This really comes down to just two--Chained Desires in Mount Vernon and Hampden's newish Sugar-- and...

Best Place to Watch Couples Melt Down
(Outside of) Sugar
See that couple in the parking lot hanging out? They are in the kind of stand-off that plays out fre...

Best Beer Store
Roland Park Wines and Liquors
For their solid, well-considered selection of cans and bottles in six or more packs along with singl...

Best Wine Store
The Wine Source
The Wine Source is everything you want in a place to stock up on vino. It has an expert staff that c...

Best Tattoo Studio
Saints and Sinners
OK, so it's kind of a new kid on the block, having opened in 2002, but it has a group of artists wit...

Best Animal Hospital
Erdman Animal Hospital
As the economy still struggles to recover, it can be comforting to know that a trip to the vet for y...

Best Pet Supply Store
Dogma for Pets
It's totally cool that Dogma offers such a wide selection of high-quality dog toys, treats, beds, an...

Best Auto Repair Shop
Linder's
Finding a good auto mechanic is like searching for the source of a weird car noise: hard if you know...

Best Foreign Auto Repair
Blue Ridge SportsCars ltd.
If you own a European auto--specifically a BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, or Jaguar--this is your place. In t...

Best Car Wash
Canton Car Wash
Automation has ruined the car wash in two ways: first, by allowing the soap scum-leaving, antenna-br...

Best Bike Shop
Baltimore Bicycle Works
It's not just because Baltimore Bicycle Works fills the bafflingly empty bike-shop hole in the Charl...

Best Hardware Store
Belle Hardware
Why make a trip to Home Depot when everything you need for your small- to medium-sized building proj...

Best Handyman
Yourself
In these Times of No Money, you may find yourself with free time on your hands. If you're still maki...

Best Contractors
Presidential Contracting
Having a good contractor can be a dangerous thing. Suddenly, all those little things that are wrong ...

Best Place for Raw Aluminum and Stainless Steel Stock
E-J Enterprises
We know it's not everybody's cup of soup to be fabricating stuff out of metal. But for those who do ...

Best Transport to the City Dump
Trash-B-Gone
Face it: You're just not well-liked enough to have a friend with a truck who'll help you get that br...

Best Accountant for Starving Artists
Thomas Bowen
Thomas Bowen is not your typical CPA. There's no suit and tie, no briefcase, and no stuffy office. E...

Best Photo Developer
TechLab
With the ever advancing world of digital photography, it's getting harder and harder to find a compe...

Best Photo Resource
Service Photo
Service Photo is the perfect mix between a big city and neighborhood photo store. Offering digital, ...

Best Fabric Store
Guss Woolens, LLC
Back when we had a bona fide Garment District, Harry Guss decided Charm City needed quality fabrics ...

Best Independent Bookstore
Atomic Books
Atomic (co-owned by occasional City Paper contributor Benn Ray) remains the premier one-stop-shop fo...

Best Used Book Store
Normals Books and Records
Behind the unimposing Barclay storefront of this local institution lie veritable catacombs of booksh...

Best Comic Book Store
Amazing Spiral
If you're not an appreciator of comics, you might not be privy to the weekly holiday celebrated by n...

Best CD Store
The Sound Garden
Leaving your house to procure music may be less convenient than downloading, but the music on a disc...

Best Place To Buy Vinyl
True Vine
Despite all the chatter about the "resurgence of vinyl," if you're buying a slab in the year 2009, i...

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