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Hotlist 2017

Hot List 2017

by Matt Makowski, Steve Sears & Beth Vollmer and photos by Turner Photography Studio

This year HM is playing with fire. You voted, and we listened! What follows is a searing culmination of tens of thousands of votes, resulting in the 16 hottest pages of the year. This year’s wide-ranging anthology of Washington County’s favorites in food, drink, dining, business, and professionals offers up a comprehensive register of who’s who and what’s what in all of your favorite categories. Whether you’re looking for a great steak, where to bring the kids on a rainy day, are in need of an accountant, or need legal representation, what follows is high-volume qualitative guidance from those who know Hagerstown best: Our readers.

• Food, Drink & Dining •

Beer Selection

Dan’s Restaurant & Tap House

3 N. Main St., Boonsboro • 301.432.5224 • www.drnth.com

Right on Boonsboro Square, Dan’s is where to go when you need to see a man about a dog and only the best from local breweries will do. Featuring a wide range of expertly curated draft beers, Dan’s also offers nightly specials like flight nights and “Free State Friday,” when Maryland beers will cost you less than a paper Lincoln.

2nd Place: Hempen Hill BBQ
3rd Place: Benny’s Pub

 

Breakfast

Hagerstown Family Diner

431 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 240.707.6330

Three years old and a third No. 1 spot on the HotList are testa-ments to Hagerstown Family Diner’s commitment to the most important meal of the day. With large home-cooked portions and breakfast available 24 hours a day, eggs, coffee, and a hot stack are always ready for nighthawks and early birds alike.

2nd Place: Cracker Barrel
3rd Place: Waffle House

 

Burger

Rik’s Café (with half specifying the lamb burger)

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 • ​www.rikscafexperience.com

Featuring lamb or fresh Angus, Rik’s café ups the ante on what a burger can be. With toppings like pepperoncinis, black forest ham (for some meat on meat action), tzatziki, and various cheeses, the burgers at Rik’s never fail to take center stage between the buns (or naan). 

2nd Place: Five Guys
3rd Place: 28 South

 

Casual Restaurant

Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 • ​www.rikscafexperience.com

Come for the food, and stay for the conversation. Whether elbowing up to the bar, enjoying a romantic dinner, or relaxing in the lounge, the warmhearted atmosphere at Rik’s makes all of its guests feel like family being welcomed home after an extended trip away. 

2nd Place: Schula’s Grill and Crab House 
3rd Place: Hempen Hill BBQ

 

Caterer

Hempen Hill BBQ

13208 Fountain Head Plaza • 301.797.4455 • ​www.hempenhillbbq.com

With more than a decade of serving up award-winning barbecue, the flexible seasonal catering menu at Hempen Hill is just as suitable for formal events as it is a backyard picnic or business luncheon. Wings by the dozen, ribs by the rack, and house-smoked barbecue by the pound,  Hempen Hill also goes beyond barbecue with dips, meatballs, and cheese and vegetable platters.

2nd Place: Leiters’ Fine Catering
3rd Place: Ernst Market

 

Chef

Arik Mills, Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 • www.rikscafexperience.com

Former HM cover model Arik Mills earned top chef honors again this year thanks in no small part to his pursuit of constant culinary growth. Whether feasting on his trademark crab cakes, or digging into one of the creative daily specials, if Arik’s on the line, you know your meal is in good hands.

2nd Place: E. Jay Zuspan III, 28 South
3rd Place: John Walla, Black Eyed Susan

 

Cocktail 

Dirty Local, Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 • ​www.rikscafexperience.com

Two parts Sloop Betty vodka, ?? parts secret olive juice concoction, and capped with a blue cheese-stuffed olive, the dirty local is what a generic dirty martini hopes to grow up to become one day. 

2nd Place: Rikarita, Rik’s Café
3rd Place: Timmeh’s Grapefruitini, GG’s restaurant and Martini Bar

 

Coffee House

Rooster Moon Coffeehouse

1551 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown • 301.790.5040

With a mission to offer the very best to every guest, Rooster Moon earned the No. 1 spot on this year’s HotList by offering custom lattes, mochas, espresso, and fresh brewed coffee from sunup to sun-down. There is also a large variety of teas, smoothies, sandwiches, and pastries to get your day (or night) started on the right foot.

2nd Place: Public Square Café
3rd Place: Pura Vida Coffee

 

Crab Cakes 

Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 • www.nicksairportinn.com

At Nick’s Airport Inn, the secret behind HM readers’ favorite crab cake is simple: fresh, jumbo lump crabmeat used in an original recipe made from scratch by the same person for 30 years. At Nick’s, nothing is processed or pre-made, and their award-winning crab cakes are no different. 

2nd Place: Schula’s Grill and Crab House
3rd Place: Barefoot Bernie’s

 

Ethnic Cuisine

Nikko Japanese Steak & Seafood

1580 Wesel Blvd., Suite F, Hagerstown • 301.714.0005 • www.nikkojs.com

With more than 50 different sushi rolls on the a la carte menu, rice bowls, noodle specials, bento combo boxes, and several hibachi options offered daily, Nikko brings a specialized taste of the Far East right to Hagerstown. Be sure to check out Nikko’s website for specials and coupons before your next visit!

2nd Place: Fuji Chinese Cuisine & Sushi
3rd Place: Mango Grill

 

Happy Hour

Schula’s Grill and Crab House

11205 John F Kennedy Dr., Hagerstown • 301.714.1397 • www.schulasgrillandcrab.com

You already know and love Schula’s for its outstanding seafood, but those looking for a respite from rush hour traffic can find solace in Schula’s $2 drafts and half-price rail drinks from 4–6 p.m. With big screen TVs and friendly bartenders, Schula’s offers a perfect oasis for those looking to get away from the day-to-day with friends and family on the cheap.

2nd Place: Hempen Hill BBQ
3rd Place: Primanti Bros.

 

Ice Cream

Nutter’s Ice Cream

100 E. Main St., Sharpsburg • 301.432.5809

Those craving delicious hand-dipped or soft serve ice cream, a flavorful sundae, delicious milk shakes, or other frozen delectables like flurries, snowballs, or lollipops, need look no further than Nutter’s Ice Cream. Voted this year’s readers’ choice, Nutter’s has been winning over visitors thanks to community events and its proximity to sites like Antietam National Battlefield since 1996.

2nd Place: The Meadows Original Frozen Custard
3rd Place: Maugansville Creamery

 

Italian Cuisine

Carmine’s Creative Italian Cuisine

17102 Virginia Ave., Williamsport • 301.582.2200 • ​www.mycarmines.com

Anyone looking for an authentic, delicious Italian meal can find everything their palate desires at Carmine’s Creative Italian Cuisine where chef and Naples native Carmine Schiano Moriello cooks up some of readers’ favorites including crustini romano, rigatoni Bolognese, or cheese ravioli.

2nd Place: Dolce Pizza Gourmet and Eastern European Restaurant
3rd Place: Olive Garden

 

Lunch To-Go Spot

Turtle’s Subs

120 E. Oak St., Hagerstown • ​301.739.2020

Diners on the go will find delicious and eclectic items like cheese steaks, sirloin salad, southwest turkey sandwiches, Boston bliss sandwich, pepperoni roll, Maryland crab-cake, BLTs, and seafood soup, among other items on the menu at Turtle’s Subs in the South End. Stop in and grab lunch at this year’s No. 1 spot and you’ll definitely leave satisfied and full. 

2nd Place: Alekos-2-Go
3rd Place: Washington Chicken

 

New Restaurant

Mission BBQ

17301 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown • 443.491.8777 • ​www.mission-bbq.com

Voted No. 1 for tempting sauces like Smokey Mountain and KC Classic that are ready for your chicken, brisket, spare ribs, pulled pork, “bay-b-back ribs,” or salmon at Mission BBQ.  Feeding a crowd? Try a “Pick Up Pack” filled with your choice of meats, sides, breads, and sauces, complete with plates, cutlery, and serving utensils.  

2nd Place: Cacique Restaurant
3rd Place: Elements Café and Lounge

 

Outdoor Seating

Stadium Grill and Tavern

401 S. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown • 301.714.0849 • ​www.stadiumgrillandtavern.com

Grab a seat on the patio at Stadium Grill and Tavern and enjoy an appetizer of crab bites or potato skins, munch on teriyaki or garlic and herb chicken wings, a Chesapeake chicken wrap, or delicious surf and turf, and wash it down with a cold beer or cocktail from the full-stocked outdoor bar. 

2nd Place: Bulls & Bears
3rd Place: Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant

 

Outstanding Service

Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 • ​www.rikscafexperience.com

Where the customer is always right, the outstanding service at Rik’s Café has earned it the No. 1 place for feeling at home, thanks to the friendly staff and varying menu including items like the ahi poke tostada, Greek quinoa salad, or the café seafood broil. Rik’s also patrons local farms for its products when possible, adding to customers’ enjoyment of a French dip, hummus veggie pita, or Arik’s Epic Crab Cake.  

2nd Place: Schula’s Grill and Crab House
3rd Place: Nick’s Airport Inn

 

Overall Restaurant

Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 • ​www.rikscafexperience.com

Rik’s Café, readers’ favorite for overall restaurant, offers an inviting atmosphere and expansive menu including orange Thai mussels, mandarin salad, or the roasted rice bowl. Customers favoring more traditional fare can also find an Italian cold cut sandwich, black bean burger, or a Southwest Rueben. There’s even a kid’s menu for the picky little one in your party.  

2nd Place: Schula’s Grill and Crab House
3rd Place: Nick’s Airport Inn

 

Pizza 

Rocky’s New York Pizza

907 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • ​301.791.6810

For a delicious pizza with a daily homemade sauce and crust, look no further than Rocky’s New York Pizza, voted No. 1 once again in our readers’ choice poll. Customers are invited to try the Neapolitan pizza with 16 different toppings to choose from, or the always-enticing Rocky’s special. You can also indulge in a 16-inch square Sicilian pan pizza or grab a quick slice to go.

2nd Place: Ledo Pizza
3rd Place: Vesta Pizzeria and Family Restaurant, Boonsboro

 

Romantic Dinner Spot

Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 • www.nicksairportinn.com

Savor a romantic dinner at Nick’s Airport Inn in one of their 10 dining rooms or enjoy your meal by the atrium-enclosed piano bar. Family-owned, Nick’s offers quiet, elegant seating and scrumptious selections like the Creekstone Farms angus burger, triple decker club, crab imperial, almond crusted chicken, or fish and chips.   

2nd Place: Rik’s Café
3rd Place: South Mountain Inn

 

Steak

Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 • www.nicksairportinn.com

The juicy, satisfying steaks at Nick’s Airport Inn were No. 1 in voting, and their choice meats like the sizzling filet mignon, certified Angus New York strip, or the slow-roasted prime rib of beef are sure to please any meat-loving palate. Guests can also pair their steak with a tempting side like sautéed mushrooms for a delectable dinner that won’t soon be forgotten.  

2nd Place: Schula’s Grill and Crab House
3rd Place: Texas Roadhouse

 

Subs

Hartle’s Subs

1423 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 1301 Marshall St., Hagerstown • 635 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • ​www.hartlessubs.com

Since 1955, family-owned Hartle’s Subs have been serving up some of the most delicious subs in the area, like the steamer, meatball, pastrami, or the chicken salad sub. Providing an expansive menu of sandwiches, wraps, wings, and salads, there is even a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich that is sure to please.

2nd Place: Freddies
3rd Place: Jersey Mike’s

 

Vegetarian Options

Hempen Hill BBQ

13208 Fountain Head Plaza • 301.797.4455 • ​www.hempenhillbbq.com

Delicious vegetarian options are always waiting at Hempen Hill BBQ, voted readers’ favorite for their expansive selection. Choose from summer hummus and vegetables, blueberry hill salad, or the black bean wrap. Vegan tenders can also be substituted for meat in the turkey stack sandwich, buffalo chicken salad, or buffalo bird sandwich.  

2nd Place: Mango Grill
3rd Place: Desert Rose Café

 

Washington County Tradition

Krumpe’s Do-Nuts

912 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.6103 • ​www.krumpesdonuts.com

For over 80 years, the Washington Country tradition continues at “the little donut shop in the alley,” Krumpe’s Do-Nuts. Since 1950, Krumpe’s has operated on Maryland Avenue offering freshly-made donuts with untraditional late-night hours. The handmade, mouthwatering selections of glazed, cinnamon twists, long johns, apple fills, or éclairs are destined to please your late night sweet tooth.  

2nd Place: Nick’s Airport Inn
3rd Place: House of Kobe

 

Wine Selection

Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 • www.nicksairportinn.com

Readers’ choice for wine selection is Nick’s Airport Inn, thanks in no small part to its offering of 17 different crisp and full-bodied whites and reds. Enjoy a bubbly glass of Seven Daughters Mos-cato, a crisp house chardonnay, or refreshing Champagne split. There is also the option to savor a glass of red with the house cabernet sauvignon, Oxford Landing merlot, or try a light La Crema rosé.    

2nd Place: Olney Winery
3rd Place: Rik’s Café

 

Wings

Stadium Grill and Tavern

401 S. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown • 301.714.0849 • ​www.stadiumgrillandtavern.com

Voted No. 1 for their jumbo chicken wings, Stadium Grill and Tavern offers mouthwatering, meaty chicken wings with an array of different sauces to choose from. Try half a dozen or a dozen wings with sauces like honey BBQ, mild, medium, hot, XXX, garlic & herb, teriyaki or Old Bay.  

2nd Place: The Yellow House
3rd Place: Benny’s Pub

 

Attraction For Kids

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

12114 Insurance Way, Hagerstown • 301.420.5867 • ​www.skyzone.com/hagerstown

With programs for toddlers to teenagers and beyond, Sky Zone earned its No. 1 spot on this year’s HotList by catering to anyone who likes to have a good time. See p. 78 for more information.

2nd Place: Pediatric Movement Center
3rd Place: Discovery Station

 

Family Fun Spot

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

12114 Insurance Way, Hagerstown • 301.420.5867 • www.skyzone.com/hagerstown

Kids and adults alike are invited to bounce to your heart’s content and burn off some calories in the process. See p. 78 for a full story on all things Sky Zone.

2nd Place: Family Recreation Center
3rd Place: Monkey Joe’s

 

Festival/Special Event

Leitersburg Peach Festival

21427 Leiter St., Hagerstown • www.leitersburgruritan.org

The Leitersburg Peach Festival — readers’ favorite festival in the area — has activities for all ages. There is also free parking, free admission, and free entertainment and music. Bring the kids to the petting zoo, enjoy a tractor barrel ride, and watch a chain saw carving demonstration or a blacksmith demonstration, all while enjoying a juicy peach.

2nd Place: Augustoberfest
3rd Place: Western Maryland Blues Fest

 

Golf Course

Black Rock Golf Course

20025 Mt. Aetna Road, Hagerstown • 240.313.2816 • ​www.blackrockgolfcourse.com

Experience an outstanding round of golf at Black Rock Golf Course, voted readers’ No. 1 choice for favorite course in the area. The front nine holes are wrapped in the Shenandoah Valley, while the back nine offer beautiful views of the Appalachian Mountains. Try the putt true and bent grass greens for an enjoyable day.

2nd Place: Fountain Head Country Club
3rd Place: Beaver Creek Country Club

 

Hometown Sports Team

Hagerstown Suns

274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown

Voted favorite hometown sports team, the Hagerstown Suns embody the spirit of baseball and history. Dedicated to honoring America’s national pastime, the Suns want every fan to enjoy the game, priding themselves on quality, affordable entertainment for all. Check out a game and stay for the fireworks at the end.

2nd Place: Boonsboro Warriors
3rd Place: South Hagerstown Rebels

 

Local Band

Staff Infection

www.facebook.com/StaffInfectionMusic

Voted No. 1 local band, Staff Infection is an eclectic group of seven educators dedicated to providing a good time through music. The group covers tunes from the 1950s through hits from today, with fun events like the Labor Day weekend end-of-summer blowout at Creekside Deck Bar. An evening with Staff Infection is time spent listening to great local music.

2nd Place: Amish Outlaws
3rd Place: Blindcide

 

Museum

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

401 Museum Dr., Hagerstown • 301.739.5727 • www.wcmfa.org

Readers’ choice for museum is the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, which offers a slew of exhibits for like-minded art lovers. Take a stroll through the bright, airy rooms, and browse over 6,500 paintings, prints, sculptures, and drawings in their collection, or check out the expansive selection of rotating exhibitions sure to be of interest.  

2nd Place: Discovery Station
3rd Place: Pry House Field Hospital Museum

 

Nightclub

Cancun Cantina West

901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.797.4422 • ​www.cancuncantinawest.net

Voted No. 1 for favorite nightclub, Cancun Cantina offers a fun, fast-paced, memorable time for those looking for a night out. Cancun Cantina hosts different sounds such as Richie Fields, Laredo, Marshall Law, Tripwire, or ‘90s Night. Dance the night away and enjoy a drink, salad, burger, or pizza while listening to great live music and Djs.

2nd Place: The Lodge
3rd Place: Suite 710

 

Antique Store

Mansion Chic

11205 John F Kennedy Dr., Hagerstown • ​301.988.2233

This is an antique lover’s dream where friendliness goes together with unique at this one-of-a-kind, upscale, vintage 9,000 square-foot shop. Featuring indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, decorative delights, gifts, cabinets, tables, and fine linens, for those on the hunt for a hard-to-find item, chances are Mansion Chic has it, or something that can best it.

2nd Place: Beaver Creek Antiques
3rd Place: Antiques and Oddities

 

Appliance Store

Spichers Appliances & Electronics

13427 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.739.2794 • ​www.spichers.com

Family-owned and in the business since 1955, Spichers Appliances & Electronics features affordable and quality appliances and gadgets for your entire home. Dependable, knowledgeable, and friendly customer service earns it the No. 1 HotList honors for the third straight year. Spichers also has locations in Chambersburg, Pa., and Winchester, Va., where they sell the same top name brands.

2nd Place: Lowes Home Improvement
3rd Place: Best Buy

 

Bookstore

Turn the Page Bookstore

18 N. Main St., Boonsboro • 301.432.4588 • ​www.ttpbooks.com

Boonsboro is laden with Civil War history, and Turn the Page Bookstore has called home a pre-Civil War townhouse in town since 1995. Owned and operated by Bruce Wilder — husband of New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts —the store offers a complete line of Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb titles. Proud of its Civil War history selection, Turn the Page is the perfect place to grab a book and enjoy some locally roasted coffee.

2nd Place: 2nd and Charles
3rd Place: Wonder Book

 

Electronics Store

Best Buy

18053 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown • 240.420.8523 • ​www.bestbuy.com

Tops for all your electronics needs — with the always popular Geek Squad available for your personal computer and technology questions — the top-notch customer service for both the computer expert and novice is always on point. With gift cards available, Best Buy is your one-stop-shop for all your electronic needs.

2nd Place: Hunt Audio Video
3rd Place: Spichers Appliances & Electronics

 

Florist

Roostervane Gardens

2 S. High St., Funkstown • ​301.739.2439

Floral beauty is always attainable when you visit Roostervane Gardens. In business for almost 25 years, Denny and Shawen Warrenfeltz can prepare a bouquet or arrangement of any kind for any occasion and event. Would nifty garden art spike up your property? Are beautiful silk flowers your mode of décor? Are you a plant person? If any of this sounds like you, then it’s time to learn why Roostervane earned another top spot on this year’s HotList.

2nd Place: Ben’s Flower Shop
3rd Place: West Side Floral

 

Formalwear Shop

Ingram’s Mens Shop

18047 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown • 301.739.3494 • ​www.ingramsmensshop.com

Some Hagerstown shops are known for their longevity, and Ingram’s Mens Shop certainly earns a spot on that list. For formal attire, visit the place where, since 1937, men have found quality suits and clothing for the finest of occasions. With a professional and courteous staff, this family-owned-and-operated shop makes looking its customers spiffy the utmost priority.

2nd Place: Potomac Bridals
3rd Place: David’s Bridal

 

Jewelry Store

R. Bruce Carson Jewelers

12814 Shank Farm Way, Hagerstown • 301.739.0830 • www.carsonjewelers.com

Topping the HotList yet again, R. Bruce Carson Jewelers has been around and trusted for over 100 years for a good reason: quality jewelry and gift wear from top designers. Planning to pop the question? The perfect ring can be found here. Appraisal and repair services are also offered at this No. 1 jewelry store.

2nd Place: REEDS Jewelers
3rd Place: Littman Jewelers

 

Liquor Store

Longmeadow Wine & Liquors

1515 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown • 301.766.4636 • ​www.longmeadowwine.com

The go-to place for those in need of a wet whistle, Longmeadow offers domestic, imported, and specialty microbrews, local, regional, and imported wines, and a variety of other liquors to mix your favorite drink. This three-time HotList topper also offers a weekly wine tasting. Vino enjoyment and education from a very friendly, knowledgeable staff is also always on the table.

2nd Place: Galaxy Liquors
3rd Place: Wooden Keg

 

New Retailer

A Place For All Seasons

646 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown • ​240.707.6960

“Home is the most important place, so my passion is to help customers find items that complement their homes. I love what I do!” says owner Kelly Vance. A Place For All Seasons sells items that are great for the home or as gifts, including custom wreaths, floral arrangements, furniture, lighting, décor, and jewelry, and is also, very community-minded in its mission.

2nd Place: Antiques & Oddities
3rd Place: Gotten By Grammy

 

Second-Hand Shop

Act II

13625 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.739.0552

In business since 1992, the items for sale here include slightly used children’s, men’s, and women’s clothing at low prices. This busy consignment shop is size-organized, and the price promises an affordable shopping day for all. Before heading to a department store or specialty shop, Act II should be your first stop.

2nd Place: Horizon Goodwill
3rd Place: Mansion Chic

 

Women’s Boutique

Zelda’s Boutique

1 N. Conococheague St., Williamsport • ​301.992.3989

“Unique” and “complete” are two words to describe Zelda's Boutique, top of the HotList for a second consecutive year. Owner Barbie Russell features new women’s lines of clothing at very affordable prices, and offers women’s accessories, gift items for that special someone, and so much more. Casual and elegant equal a comfortable place to visit, and Zelda’s Boutique is it. 

2nd Place: S The Boutique
3rd Place: Josie’s On Main

 

Auto Dealer

Hagerstown Honda

10307 Auto Place, Hagerstown • 301.739.7283 • ​www.hagerstownhonda.com

Nothing is more important than finding a new or used car that is safe and reliable, and the efficient sales staff at Hagerstown Honda have been doing that for its loyal customers since 1991. If the time has come to be seen driving a new automobile, it can be found, test driven, and owned courtesy of the Hagerstown Honda 15-acre complex.

2nd Place: Hoffman Automotive
3rd Place: Younger Toyota

 

Auto Repair

Wholesale Tire Outlet

13102 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 240.513.4501

It isn’t all about tires on Penns-ylvania Avenue! Wholesale Tire Outlet, which guarantees the lowest installed tire price on every tire they sell, also keeps your car safe and running properly, specializing in brake jobs, oil changes, seasonal tune-ups, maintenance services, exhaust checks, and more. Every new tire is installed for free, and a purchase of four new tires ensures free lifetime tire rotation. 

2nd Place: Keplinger’s Automotive Center
3rd Place: Sharrett Collision Center

 

Bank

Orrstown Bank

1020 Professional Court, Hagerstown • 301.714.1650 • ​www.orrstown.com

A local community bank with the national bank touch. The No. 1 bank on this year’s HotList has all the great big bank savings vehicles and with 22 locations in the tri-state region, you never have to travel far to find a branch near you. For any financial concern or need, visit Orrstown Bank and you’ll be greeted with a smile and reassurance. 

2nd Place: The Columbia Bank
3rd Place: BB&T

 

Barber Shop

Williamsport Barber Shop

12 N. Conococheague St., Williamsport • 301.223.8220 • www.williamsportbarbershopdowntown.com

Have a seat, guys. Kick up your feet, and treat your coiffure the way it deserves. Haircut? Shave? Manicure? Hair coloring, or maybe a facial? Williamsport Barber Shop provides it all. With a motto of, “An old-fashioned barber shop for men and boys, bringing back the art of male grooming,” this No. 1 spot for manly mane and moustache trims earned its place with classic clips and modern methods.

2nd Place: Maggie’s Barber Shop
3rd Place: Pete’s Barber Shop

 

Bed & Breakfast

Elmwood Farms Bed and Breakfast

16311 Kendle Road, Williamsport • 240.707.0882 • ​www.elmwoodfarmbandb.com

It’s comfy and cozy here at this 1855-built home. The hills and mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia can be seen at a distance, and it’s as if you can reach out and touch them. A member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, sisters Selena and Lettie Wilke, and their resident cats, dogs, and farm animals, welcome all visitors.

2nd Place: Historic Jacob Rohrbach Inn
3rd Place: Inn Boonsboro

 

Cleaning Service

Clever Carpet Cleaners & Maid Service

301.416.3990 • ​www.clever-cleaning.com

With 25 years in the business, this family-owned-and-operated complete cleaning service tops out HotList once again. No time to keep your home or office clean and tidy? Not a problem. Clever Carpet Cleaners & Maid Service offers both residential and commercial services and maid service. Drapes cleaned, furniture polished, carpets picked up, cleaned, and returned. 

2nd Place: My Pristine Clean
3rd Place: Simply Done Right

 

Child Care

Kinder Haven

35 W. Potomac St., Williamsport • ​301.223.9122

At Kinder Haven, located at Zion Lutheran Church, education is fun, and that fun is a year-round event. Pastor Kimberly Nunberg provides Christian-based activity and lessons, and she and Tearza Knode, the center director, say Kinder Haven Child Care Center — a ministry of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church — partners in their love for children, faith, fellowship, and early childhood enrichment. This is a place where little souls shine.

2nd Place: Girls Inc.
3rd Place: My Favorite Place

 

Computer Service & Support

Innovative, Inc.

13332 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.739.7414 • ​www.innovativeinc.net

Computer technology and know-ledge is a necessity. Innovative, Inc. realizes this importance, and is ready to help you with all your home and business computer needs. Standard maintenance or routine repair, backing up commercial data, or maintaining and monitoring your overall system are mainstays to the service that keeps Innovative a reliable technology partner.

2nd Place: Bridged Technology
3rd Place: My Tech Computer Repair

 

Day Spa

Sagittarius Salon & Spa

1136 Conrad Ct., Hagerstown • 301.797.8008 • www.sagittariussalon.com

A HotList regular — and it’s not surprising — at Sagittarius it’s all about the body, and relieving that body of its tension and stress. You deserve it. The moment you put on a Sagittarius Salon robe, it’s a trip into paradise without leaving Hagerstown. Guests can also enjoy an herbal tea following a facial or massage for a total mind and body level of refreshing.

2nd Place: Bella Salon & Spa
3rd Place: Indigo Moon Amber Sun

 

Design & Marketing Agency

Laura Oates Design

301.730.8177 • ​www.lauraoatesdesign.com

This Maryland-based graphic design company located in beautiful, historic, Washington County can creatively meet all your design needs for advertising, logos, brochures, corporate identity packages (including business cards, letterheads, envelopes, displays, etc.), signs, newsletters, websites, and much more. Laura Oates Design can also help you with your social media and e-mail marketing needs.

2nd Place: High Rock
3rd Place: Worx

 

Electrical Services

Ellsworth Electric

88 W. Lee St., Hagerstown • 301.739.8800 • www.ellsworthelectric.net

When you need a quality electrical service with repair and service experience to provide quality and dependability, code upgrades of all electrical systems, and more, Ellsworth Electric does just that, and has been doing so for almost 90 years. Ellsworth also provides electrical service contracting for commercial and residential structures.

2nd Place: MEC, Inc.
3rd Place: Funk Electric

 

Garden Supply & Landscaping

The Groundskeeper, Inc.

1837 Winston Dr., Hagerstown • ​301.573.5201

This full-service lawn and landscape company provides services to residential and commercial properties, and offers mowing, landscape design/

install, hardscape, retaining walls, irrigation, and total lawn care, earning its No. 1 spot on the HotList once again.

2nd Place: Lovell’s Nursery
3rd Place: Sunny Meadows Garden Center

 

Hair Salon

Sagittarius Salon & Spa

1136 Conrad Ct., Hagerstown

301.797.8008 • ​www.sagittariussalon.com

Ladies and gents, your hair care just got easier, courtesy of the trained stylists at Sagittarius Salon. All services include an initial consultation, pressure point scalp massage, and moisturizing hand treatment, which sets the stage to you looking your best. Sagittarius also offers complete bridal packages.

2nd Place: Bella Salon & Spa
3rd Place: Grass Roots Hair Salon

 

Heating/Air Conditioning 

Total Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning

12009 Margaret Dr., Hagerstown • 301.745.3700 • www.tchvac.net

Family owned since 1996, your air conditioning and heating remain running with help from these experienced folks. Serving much of the quad-state area, Total Comfort has also installed over 800 geothermal units in their 21 years. Green is the way to go, and so is reliability — every season of the year!

2nd Place: Hardell Services
3rd Place: Hagerstown Heating & Cooling

 

Homebuilding Company

I CAN BUILD IT, LLP

11014 Lincoln Ave., Hagerstown • 240.312.3952 • ​www.icanbuilditllp.com

Earning the top spot again on the HotList, a combined 70 years of experience makes this team the one to count on the moment you decide to build a home. There is no project that ICBI cannot take on, and they relish the opportunity to do the “toughies.” ICBI also provides excellent, trustworthy commercial service. 

2nd Place: Corey’s Construction
3rd Place: Oliver Homes

 

Home Renovation Company

I CAN BUILD IT LLP

11014 Lincoln Ave., Hagerstown • ​240.312.3952

Sometimes renovating an old home is better than moving to a new one, which is where ICBI comes in. You have an idea, they enter, and it bears fruit. And that addition — maybe the man cave or recording studio you always wanted — is in good hands with this crew that takes your request and creates. 

2nd Place: UpHome Renovations
3rd Place: Willoughby Construction & Consulting

 

Hotel

Hampton Inn

1716 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.739.6100 • www.hamptoninn.hilton.com/Hagerstown

The name Hampton Inn defines comfort, and this 118-room hotel offers Hagerstown visitors a respite while in town for business, a relaxing round of golf, or a stop while seeing local attractions. Free in-room WiFi, access to the outdoor saltwater pool and fitness center, and daily complimentary breakfast make it the perfect place for reprieve.

2nd Place: Holiday Inn Express
3rd Place: Homewood Suites

 

Insurance Agency

Keller Stonebraker Insurance

1120 Professional Court, Suite C, Hagerstown • 301.733.2530 • ​www.kellerstonebraker.com

With 100 years in business, Keller Stonebraker is another HotList winner whose longevity is based on two key things: dependability and results. Providing business insurance for companies of all sizes, employee benefits for those businesses, auto, home, and life insurance for individuals and families, Keller Stonebraker has you covered.

2nd Place: Farmers Insurance, Emily Keller
3rd Place: Allstate Insurance, Terry Fincham

 

Law Firm

Antietam Law Group

134 W. Washington St., Suite 2A, Hagerstown • 240.500.1540 • www.antietamlaw.com

Serving Washington and Frederick counties, this law team understands that legal matters can be intimidating, daunting, and emotionally challenging. The attorneys at Antietam Law Group strive to give each client personal and dedicated attention. With a focus on family law, this firm also offers mediation services and more. Combining experience with dedication and compassion, Antietam Law Group offers peace of mind that your case is in good hands. Legal questions? They can answer them.

2nd Place: Dolina Hobbs Law
3rd Place: Salvatore & Morton, LLC

 

Massage Therapy

Sagittarius Salon & Spa

1136 Conrad Ct., Hagerstown • 301.797.8008 • ​www.sagittariussalon.com

Another HotList win this year for the team at Sagittarius Salon & Spa. A variety of 30-, 60-, and 90-minute massages are offered for customers who need the stress in their body replaced by peaceful relief. Enter in need, exit a new person. Special treatments are also offered for those new to massage and moms-to-be.

2nd Place: Bodyworks Massage Center
3rd Place: Indigo Moon Amber Sun

 

Moving Company

Optima Moving Company

1.877.890.1163 • www.optima-moving.com

Leaving a home and moving into a new one can be emotional enough — but then there’s the concern of the physical move itself. That’s where Optima Moving Company’s experience is so important. Local and long-distance moves are no problem for this nearly decade-old company. Commercial and residential moving are just a sampling of what they do.

2nd Place: Above & Beyond Movers
3rd Place: Supreme Moving & Storage

 

Pet Grooming 

Bow Wow Station & Spa

18214 Oak Ridge Dr., Hagerstown • ​301.393.5333

This locally-owned-and-operated dog and cat pet grooming salon provides loving pampering to that special someone you care so much about: your pet. And once your pet looks its best, why not a photo? Sessions are scheduled by appointment. The expert team also offers gift items and shampoos for sale.

2nd Place: Trisha’s Loving Care
3rd Place: PetSmart

 

Photography Studio

Melisa Conroy Photography

1321 Lindsay Lane, Hagerstown • 240.382.0620 • ​www.melisaconroyphotography.com

More than just photography, this is life…and, yes, great photography from a woman who loves telling stories through images, and understands how those photos are cherished. Melisa offers all varieties of photography in a very personable way. To work with you would be her honor.

2nd Place: Anderson Photographs
3rd Place: Raynor Photography

 

Place To Workout

Planet Fitness

1121 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.0777 • ​www.planetfitness.com

A top name in fitness centers nationwide and the top of this year’s HotList, Planet Fitness offers both individual and group programs for all ages and age groups. Better your cardiovascular health and look and feel better under the watchful eye of a schooled instructor. It’s mentally and physically No. 1 in this year’s readers’ poll.

2nd Place: CrossFit 301 Elite 
3rd Place: Fitness Revolution

 

Plumbing Service

Larry & Sons

20 Hump Road, Hagerstown • 888.588.5923 • ​www.larryandsons.com

With a call center that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, your frustrating plumbing concerns are that much closer to being solved, and each and every service is backed up by their “Golden Guarantee.” Since 1960, Larry & Sons is both service- and community-minded. From the tiny like a leaky faucet, to the big like a bathroom-remodeling project, Larry & Sons has your backside covered. 

2nd Place: Lafferty’s Plumbing
3rd Place: Tri-State Plumbing & Heating

 

Real Estate Office

CENTURY 21 Market Professionals 

5 Public Square, Hagerstown • ​301.671.4663

Broker and owner of Century 21 Market Professionals since 2006, Michael Draper has been involved in the management of his own personal investment properties since 1997, as well as offering full property management services through Century 21 Market Professionals since 2008. The owner of this year’s No. 1 real estate office also serves on the Pen-Mar Board of Realtors Legislative Committee.

2nd Place: Mackintosh Realtors — Julie Fritsch
3rd Place: Re/Max Achievers — Stacy Nikirk Group

 

Reception Event Site

Elmwood Farms Bed and Breakfast

16311 Kendle Road, Williamsport • 240.707.0882 • ​www.elmwoodfarmbandb.com

Pristine and secluded with the green, rolling hills, this year’s favorite bed & breakfast also takes reception event site honors. The bride and bridesmaids or the groom and his groomsmen are welcome to stay on-site to prepare for the big day, and a special wedding package includes a weekend stay (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) with exclusive use of the farm.

2nd Place: The Barn at Springfield Farm
3rd Place: Fountain Head Country Club

 

Senior Living Community

Homewood At Williamsport

16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport • 301.582.1750 • www.homewood.com

Serving the needs of seniors on 28 gorgeous acres for 85 years in Williamsport, all needs of residents are satisfied, including daily services that enhance an older adult’s lifestyle. With group activities and an emphasis on privacy and security that are important to residents in the twilight of life, services are open to all persons regardless of creed, sex, race, or national origin.

2nd Place: Diakon Senior Living — Ravenwood Campus
3rd Place: Williamsport Retirement Village

 

Tanning Salon

Tanique

43 E. North Ave., Hagerstown • 240.500.8547 • ​www.mytanique.com • Open Monday–Saturday, 

Mia-Faire Williams and Tanique are celebrating a 10-year anniversary in business as well as top pick on this year’s HotList. In 10 years, Tanique has gone from a local community favorite to a national brand called Infusion, utilizing a combination of science, skincare, and tanning. Special bridal packages are available for spray tan, hair, and makeup services.

2nd Place: Hollywood Tans
3rd Place: Planet Fitness

 

Attorney 

John Salvatore, Salvatore & Morton

82 W. Washington St., Suite 200 Hagerstown • 301.739.3600 • ​www.salvatoremorton.com

Forty-five years an attorney, John Salvatore tops this year’s HotList. A graduate of nearby University of Baltimore School of Law and a former Maryland police officer, his specialty is criminal defense cases, while also handling business law, personal injury, civil litigation, and more. A life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, John founded his own firm in 1992.

2nd Place: Alison Peterancez, Antietam Law Group
3rd Place: Chester Hobbs, Dolina Hobbs Law

 

Bank Teller

Pamela Deck, Orrstown Bank

1020 Professional Court, Hagerstown • 301.714.1650 • ​www.orrstown.com

When you walk into your local bank, it’s special when they know you by name — and head teller Pamela Deck knows her customers by name. Branch Manager at the Professional Court location Samuel Buhrman says Pamela and he always give a warm welcome and complete your transactions efficiently. She delivers your money and her own brand of advice and friendliness, and has been since 2010.

2nd Place: Wrenae Kline, The Columbia Bank
3rd Place: Elizabeth Bright, The Columbia Bank

 

Accountant 

Lester Curry, Curry & Co.

119 King St., Hagerstown • ​301.791.2600

Lester Curry is a financial expert with regard to state and government financial regulations, and while that may seem hugely important (and is), his most important concern is you. Got 401(k) questions? Family finances a concern? Lester has been a CPA for 20 years, and Curry & Co. itself has been in business since 2004, answering your questions and easing your burdens when you make that call or walk through the Curry & Co. door.

2nd Place: Cynthia Moore, Sulchek & Moore
3rd Place: John Itell, Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell

 

Dentist

Dr. Bruce Burley, Hagerstown Smiles

1115 Mt. Aetna Road, Hagerstown • 240.329.4724 • ​www.hagerstownsmiles.com

“Quality dental care with a smile” is the motto, and Dr. Bruce Burley and his team live it. Serving the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia area, the office specializes in family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. There is also a VIP program offered, as well as special payment plans. Also offered? Smiles. And you’re sure to leave with one of your own.

2nd Place: Dr. Allan T. Bacon, Allan T. Bacon General & Cosmetic Dentistry
3rd Place: Dr. Richard Porac, Drs. Porac & Bachtell

 

Family Doctor 

Dr. Allan W. Ditto, Meritus Family Medicine-North Hagerstown

13424 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 101, Hagerstown • 301.791.7900

Dr. Allen W. Ditto sits atop the physician HotList for the 12th consecutive year, and the Hagerstown native is still keeping folks in the area healthy. A third-generation doctor, 35 years of experience is what he offers to those who trust his personable care and medical knowledge. From routine checkups to illnesses needing immediate attention, your cure is always nearby.

2nd Place: Dr. Vincent Cantone, Meritus Pediatric & Adult Medicine-North Hagerstown
3rd Place: Dr. K. Jill Ciccarelli

 

Insurance Agent 

Katie Clutz, Keller Stonebraker Insurance

1120 Professional Court, Hagerstown • 301.733.2530 • www.kellerstonebraker.com

A member of the Keller Stonebreaker Insurance team since 2014, Katie provides property and casualty, liability, workers compensation, commercial, auto, business owners, inland marine, and umbrella liability insurance coverage for all businesses. Community-minded, Katie is also a member of the Hagerstown – Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, and is an active member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, a wife, and mom.

2nd Place: Emily Keller, Farmers Insurance
3rd Place: Terry Fincham, Allstate

 

Medical Specialist 

Johanna Fangmeyer CRNP, Hagerstown Dermatology & Skincare

13424 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 240.469.4835 • ​www.hagerstownderm.com

Johanna Fangmeyer founded and unveiled Hagerstown Dermatology & Skincare to the Hagerstown area in 2013. Various cosmetic and medical skincare services are offered, and all are convenient and customized to patients’ needs. A board-certified dermatology nurse practitioner, Johanna delivers a holistic approach to tri-state area patients where it’s all about the patient.

2nd Place: Dr. Gary Sherman, Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, Robinwood Division
3rd Place: Dr. Joseph N. Holobinko, Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, Robinwood Division

 

Personal Trainer 

Shawn Scales, Planet Fitness

1121 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.0777 • ​www.planetfitness.com

Many lives have been changed as this former Virginia Tech wide receiver guides clients to good health by challenging them to be better — and that’s every workout. Shawn values good health and doesn’t give up on you, and neither will you. That's the decree. “Mind over matter,” says Shawn. “If you don't mind, then the pain won't matter.”

2nd Place: Chad Smith, Fitness Revolution
3rd Place: Lauren Cramer, More Miles Personal Training

 

Real Estate Agent 

Jason Hose, Mackintosh Realtors

1830 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.491.2625 • www.jasonhose.com

A home purchase is your biggest investment, and it makes sense to deal with someone who has in-depth knowledge of the residential, multi-family, new homes, investment properties, farms, land, and relocation markets. Graduate Realtors Designate Jason Hose has been serving the Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia area since 2003, and has been the company’s top individual producer for the past seven years.

2nd Place: Stacy Nikirk, Re/Max Achievers
3rd Place: Julie Fritsch, Mackintosh Realtors

 

Teacher

Brittany Buhrman, Hickory Elementary

11101 Hickory School Road, Williamsport

Brittany Buhrman has been teaching at Williamsport’s Hickory Elementary School for eight years. "Every student can learn, just not in the same way or on the same day." She believes that students are most successful when they understand that it's OK to take risks and to fail — and encouraging them to be independent problem-solvers helped her earn the No. 1 spot on this year’s HotList. 

2nd Place: Stephanie Dyer, Boonsboro High School
3rd Place: Kyle Dingle, Maugansville Elementary

 

Veterinarian

Tara Crumley, DVM, Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown

26 E. Baltimore St., Funkstown • 301.733.7579 • ​www.funkstownvet.com

A runner-up in 2016, Tara and her team have been an AAHA-accredited hospital since 2005, and that means healthy pets for the Hagerstown area. Here pet owners are educated about the root of their loving animal’s issues, and are provided the knowledge and top diagnostics and technology in the business, meaning that your pet is well cared for.

2nd Place: Dr. Dan Franklin, Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital
3rd Place: Dr. Richard Garcia, Boonsboro Veterinary Hospital