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Goods and Services Winners 2007

Best Women's Clothing Store

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While nothing could replace the sorely missed Cherry Tomato--a boutique before its time-- there's a new(ish) bitch in town selling the adorable, but never precious, designer Mon Petit Oiseau. Holly g of Federal Hill inspires ladies who love luxury fabrics, contemporary cuts, and fabulous lines we've never heard of but became instant fans of (Linea O and Dace). The selection of major sweaters, dres ... [MORE]

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Best Women's Clothing Store
holly g
While nothing could replace the sorely missed Cherry Tomato--a boutique before its time-- there's a ...

Best Men's Clothing Store
Gian Marco Menswear
Printed tees are so last year, boys. It's time to grow up and invest in some wardrobe pieces that'll...

Best Kids' Clothing Store
The Pied Piper
It's not like we can actually afford the children's clothes at Pied Piper, but as soon as we marry a...

Best Used Kids' Clothing store
Tried But True
This Cockeysville consignment store consistently beats out other used kiddie clothiers on two fronts...

Best Place to Buy Jeans
Jean Pool
Trying on jeans is like finding the right bathing suit--time consuming, exhausting, and a royal pain...

Best Place to Buy a Bra
Lingerie Lingerie
Chain stores and boutiques with sexy little lace confections are fine if your cup size is in the ver...

Best Thrift Store
Collins Avenue Thrift
We imagine that whoever is general manager of the Collins Avenue Thrift is a real monster to work fo...

Best Vintage Shop for Gals Over Size 4
Retropolitan
We love vintage duds--the tailored fit, the funky patterns, the history. What we don't love are the ...

Best Consignment Shop for Accessories
Newbury and Smith
The true consignment store feels like your mom's closet--if your mom spent every decade in money and...

Best Women's Shoe Store
Benjamin Lovell Shoes
When it came time to pick the best women's shoe store, we thought about where the shoes that grace o...

Best Men's Shoe Store
Benjamin Lovell Shoes
Yeah, the never-ending construction still sucks, but we're starting to warm to this whole Harbor Eas...

Best Place to Buy Sneakers
Mondawmin Mall
When in need of new sneaks, you could hit any number of emerging specialty boutique stores stocking ...

Best Shoe Repair
Rafael's Shoe Repair
We keep an old grocery bag in our bedroom for shoes that need repairing, and whenever it gets full (...

Best Dry Cleaner
Santitate
The topic of a Best Dry Cleaner is often greeted with shrugs from our staff, but not this year. We h...

Best Laundromat
Sudsville Laundry
Going to the laundromat is a drag, no matter what kinds of fancy amenities the laundry place around ...

Best Soap
Biggs and Featherbelle
In the personal list of dirty little secrets we don't say in our out-loud voice is the preference fo...

Best Place to Pamper Your Skin
SoBotanical
Living in the city can be dirty. And after a hot, sticky, pollution-heavy day, our pores sometimes f...

Best Beauty Supply Store
Mimi's Beauty Supply
Mimi's is like a supermarket of products to get dolled up with. The large aisles have shelves lined ...

Best Hairstylist
Cliff Butler
Right from the get-go, we liked Sprout's style: earth-friendly design choices, all-natural hair prod...

Best Men's Haircut
Just Cut It!
Mount Vernon's much-loved Beatnik Barber might provide coffee, and we've gotta give major props to a...

Best Spa
ReNew Organic Day Spa
The whole spa thing can be pretty intimidating. Where else, besides the doctor's office, do stranger...

Best Massage Therapist
Leslie Lloyd
Massage therapists should make you feel good. Leslie Lloyd makes you feel good before you even lay d...

Best Yoga Studio
Charm City Yoga
Taking yoga classes is hot, especially at Charm City Yoga's hot vinyasa classes, where the room can ...

Best Place to Work Out
University of Baltimore Athletic Club
Free for students and plenty cheap--$25 a month, with a minimum six-month membership--for the genera...

Best Gym Locker Room for Naked Confabs
Men's locker room at YMCA at Stadium Place
Gym locker rooms are a bit strange, always have been, ever since seventh grade. But at the Stadium P...

Best Gym Instructor
Hal Weiss
For a good portion of the gym-going population, the whole idea of standing before a personal trainer...

Best Health Care Provider
Overlea Personal Physicians
A doctor friend once said that health-care facilities fall into one of two categories: good medicine...

Best Chiropractor
Dr. Marc Cesari
"Ouch, goddammit my back is killing me!" If that is your mantra, then you need to see "Dr. C," aka D...

Best Dentist
Dr. Stephen Mastella
You may be thinking: How can there even be such a thing as a best dentist? Isn't going to the dentis...

Best Midwifery Office
Kathleen Slone and Associates
At Kathleen Slone and Associates, a cozy midwifery practice located in Charles Village's historic Ma...

Best Preparation for Impending Parenthood
GBMC Parent Education Classes
Let's face it, impending parenthood can be daunting if not downright scary. GBMC comes to the rescue...

Best Toy Store
Shananigans Toy Shop
Toys may be for kids, but most toys are bought by parents or grandparents or kiddie birthday party g...

Best Game Store
Canton Games
We are some serious board game freaks here at Baltimore's Most Trivial Pursuit Loving Alt-Weekly. So...

Best Adult Store
Sugar
The Avenue has been too kitschy-cute for too long. That many antique shops and quirky little boutiqu...

Best Liquor Store
The Wine Source
This category used to be a no-brainer, back when Wells Discount Liquors was really the only game in ...

Best Place to Buy Alcohol on Sunday
Jerry's Belvedere Tavern
The smell of stale beer might be a flashback to your Saturday night, but soldier on, kiddo, you've g...

Best Place to get a Keg
Harford Beverage
When the folks at Wells Discount Liquors recommends a place to get a keg, you listen. And they were ...

Best Wine Store
Wine Underground
Nestled on the corner of Evans Chapel Road and Roland Heights Avenue, Wine Underground serves a neig...

Best Grocery Store
HanAhReum Asian Mart
At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking H-Mart (as most people know it) is just another ...

Best Place to Buy Groceries with Kids
Trader Joe's
A trip to the grocery store with children can be a challenge: the tedium of walking down every aisle...

Best Indian Grocery
Punjab Groceries and Halal Meat
A good ethnic grocer has one major litmus test to pass: Does it attract the ethnicity whose goods it...

Best Local Foods Resource
One Straw Farm
It's getting easier (and tastier) all the time to be a Baltimore locavore, i.e., someone who dines p...

Best Picking
Larriland Farms
Americans are starting to pay more attention to what's at the end of their forks, and that means the...

Best Farmers' Market
Waverly
Holy "move that stroller out of our way," the Waverly market was packed this summer, and we love it....

Best Public Market
Lexington Market
One beautiful thing about Lexington Market is that it takes some of the best that Baltimore offers a...

Best Underappreciated Market
Northeast Market
From the outside, with its bold-lettered sign and red-and-white tile patterning, its entrance looks ...

Best Place to Gain 30 Pounds
Pennsylvania Dutch Market
The Amish may cut themselves off from many of the modern world's delights, but they do have pillowy ...

Best Place to Buy Bobcat Pee
Valley View Farms
You might have your own reasons for buying it, but most folks purchase bobcat urine to chase away de...

Best Envirogeek Resource
Baltimore Biodiesel
Membership has its privileges, and if you are hoping to operate a biodiesel vehicle here, membership...

Best Auto Repair Shop
Hollenshade's Auto Service
It's important to the automotively challenged to know if repairing the ailing jalopy will cost more ...

Best Auto Parts Store
Salvo Auto Parts
Regular auto-parts stores are great if you need, say, an air freshener with a naked lady on it or 73...

Best Car Wash
Washworks
Ever go through one of those drive-through car washes at the local Tiger Mart and drive out feeling ...

Best Motorcycle Shop
Gordon's Cycle Shop
Those of us who bop around town on two motorized wheels are in the minority. And while we love the c...

Best Place to find Old Motorcycle Parts
Cycle Salvage
The internet has been a blessing and a curse for the old (oh, sorry, "classic") motorcycle enthusias...

Best Scooter Store
MotoStrada
Whether it's gas prices, or just people coming to their senses about the best way to get around the ...

Best Bike Shop
Velocipede
OK, it's not a bike "shop," per se, in the sense of someone standing behind a glass case and a cash ...

Best Bait and Tackle
Tochterman's Fishing Tackle
If you're in Baltimore, and you're thinking about fishing, there's only one option. Tochterman's on ...

Best Garden Store
Mill Valley Garden and Farmer's Market
Even though our backyard is the size of our green thumb and our many household plants consist of the...

Best Florist
Flowers by Chris
When we here at Baltimore's Most Harried Alt-Weekly need to pick up a bouquet, we don't have the tim...

Best Place To Put Up Guests
The Tremont Plaza
So your aunt Gertrude is coming in from the sticks to see you, and the couch, while fine for that ol...

Best Place to Buy Jewelry
Grillo and Co.
Buying jewelry for your special someone isn't that hard; no financial transaction hurts less than pu...

Best Local Jewelry Designer
Allison Fomich
MICA grad Allison Fomich, of Baltimore-based Tigerlillyshop on Etsy.com, a web site dedicated to han...

Best Yarn Store
Woolworks
When we started knitting recently--we know, we know, it's so 2000 of us--we were pleased to find a p...

Best Place to Buy Vintage Sewing Patterns
Oh! Susanna
On a recent visit to Oh! Susanna, a vintage store in the heart of Fells Point, we made an amazing di...

Best Place to Buy New Furniture
Su Casa
Su Casa wins this category for the second year in a row for good reason. It's a treasure trove of fu...

Best Place to Buy Used Furniture
Home Anthology
Fess up: You're more shabby than chic. You're more than happy with that Ikea couch your best friend ...

Best Reason to Drive to Harford County
Restoration Hardware Warehouse Sale
For those of us at Baltimore's Most Chronically Underpaid Alt-Weekly, Restoration Hardware is good f...

Best Place to Buy Claw-Foot Tubs, Wrought-Iron Railings, and a Box of Glass Doorknobs
Second Chance Inc.
Second Chance has five--count 'em, five--huge warehouses full of cool old stuff salvaged from buildi...

Best Place to Buy Rugs
Ten Thousand Villages Annual Rug Sale
We are a city of wood floors; we are mass consumers of rugs. Unless you rock the wall-to-wall shag o...

Best Awnings
Ferndale Fence and Awning
Don't let the name fool you: Ferndale Fence and Awning only does one thing--awnings--and they've bee...

Best Swing Man
William Anacker
Yep, William Anacker is still there, welcoming visitors to his home in northern Baltimore County, no...

Best Plumber
John's Discount Plumbing and Heating
If you're lucky, you won't have to refer back to this one often. But if you do find yourself with a ...

Best Fridge Repair
Barton's Refrigeration
Barton's is like the Marcus Welby of refrigerator fixers. It's easy to get a house call, and the gen...

Best Waterproofers
Oriole Waterproofing
Getting someone to work on your house for a reasonable price--and without dragging the project out t...

Best Junk Hauler
C and A Courier and Salvage Services
We found C and A on Craigslist, when we were trying desperately to get rid of a pile of junk that ha...

Best Hardware Store
Hardware Plus
One of the best things about living in the city is independent hardware stores--mom-and-pop operatio...

Best Gun Shop
Just Guns
Valley Gun Shop, headed by National Rifle Association board member Sanford Abrams, illegally failed ...

Best Place to Shop with a Flashlight
Baltimore Free Store
The flashlight's a necessity because this East Baltimore warehouse doesn't have its own illumination...

Best One-Stop Shopping
Belvedere Square
Shopping centers are an optical apocalypse; the concrete sprawl of box stores fosters a gerbil-like ...

Best Independent Bookstore
Atomic Books
Atomic's shelves are a big reason our own shelves are so full of odd novels and bizarro nonfiction, ...

Best Expansion
The Ivy Bookshop
In January, the Ivy Bookshop moved into a bigger space a couple doors down in Mount Washington's Lak...

Best Used-Book Store
Normals Books and Music
The proliferation of remainders--sometimes overbought books at bargain prices, but often books made ...

Best Comic Book Store
Comics Kingdom
What with big-budget movies every other week and normal adult people talking about graphic novels as...

Best Place to Buy Magazines
Harbor News
Perhaps it's provincial of us, but almost two years later, we're still giddy over the fact that Balt...

Best Place to Rent Movies
Video Americain
How many years has Video Americain ruined all the suspense for this category? We've totally lost cou...

Best CD Store
Sound Garden
Remember CDs? Well, we do, and when we go looking to bag our limit we head to Fells Point and take a...

Best Used-CD Store
CDepot
The thing is, almost any used-CD store is gonna have used copies of new indie-rock, pop, and hip-hop...

Best Place to Buy Vinyl
The True Vine
All respect due to longtime local record slingers like Normals and Dimensions in Music, but the reas...

Best Relocation
Reptilian Records
The problem with Reptilian Records' Fells Point location wasn't visibility--everybody knew where it ...

Best Tattoo Studio
Baltimore Tattoo Museum
What better place to get a tattoo than an ink-slinging joint that takes the artistry, skill, and his...

Best Veterinarian
Erdman Animal Hospital
We know everyone is on a budget these days. With the continually rising prices of everyday items lik...

Best Dog Day care
Charm City Dogs
If you've gotta leave your beloved beagle in someone else's care for the day, you don't want to drop...

Best Dog Store
Pretentious Pooch
Can a dog in a sweater be taken seriously? Abso-fucking-lutely. You know, a killer collar with Jolly...

Best Pet Groomer
Petco
We've tried a lot of pet groomers in Baltimore. We've gone to mom-and-pop places; we've handed our p...

Best Pawn Shop
Northwestern Loan Co.
Of the two pawnshop customers--someone looking for a good deal and someone hoping to get a fair deal...

Best Dollar Store
Dollar Buys
Other dollar stores are bigger and arguably offer a better quality product for the price, but someti...

Best ATM
The One on North Avenue between Charles and Maryland
Typically all you ask for in an ATM is convenience and lack of a service charge. Sometimes, though, ...

Best Licensing of a Baltimore Icon
Natty Boh Gear
Nothing quite makes you feel at home like Mr. Boh, that smiling one-eyed icon of cheap beer who grac...

Best Gifts for Baltimore-philes
A. Aubrey Bodine prints
We are suckers for relics of Baltimore's once opulent past. And nothing scratches our itch for golde...

Best Antique Store
Avenue Antiques
Yeah, so you've been watching Antiques Roadshow so much that you've got the marks on the bottoms of ...

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