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John Greenan & Sons the #1 jeweler in Montgomery County for the 2nd straight year!!!

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED FOR OVER 60 YEARS

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This summer, The Gazette asked readers to nominate their favorite businesses throughout Montgomery County in 50 categories, and over the course of two months, we received thousands of entries through Gazette.Net. All entries were write-ins; The Gazette did not provide lists from which to choose during the voting period. We simply tallied your votes. We’re proud to announce the first-, second- and third-place winners here, in The Gazette’s third annual Best of Montgomery publication, as determined by how many votes each business received. You can also find these winners online at Gazette.Net year-round, too, so when you’re looking for the perfect pizza, a nail salon or a place to get your car fixed in 2015, you can see which businesses your neighbors liked best. The Gazette thanks all readers who voted, and we encourage you to begin thinking about more of your favorite businesses so you can vote again—or for the first time—next year in Best of Montgomery 2015.

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| BARBECUE | LOCAL WINNERS

Urban Bar-B-Que Company (Sandy Spring, Rockville) It’s a fusion of flavors from the nation’s top barbecue regions combined with the restaurant’s unique spin on vintage recipes that give the smoked COURTESY OF URBAN BAR-B-QUE COMPANY meats here a distinctive taste. “It’s not Texas, Carolina or Memphis, but a hybrid,” said Lee Howard, who owns Urban Bar-B-Que with Dave Calkins. Relying on a time-honored, slow-cook method, Urban Bar-B-Que serves up pulled pork and chicken, sliced beef, sausages, and barbecue chicken with signature sauces, including yella, traditional, Carolina and Corey Joe’s. From its starters to its sides to its sweets, the restaurant offers some of the best comfort food in town—think collard greens, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and key lime pie. 805 Olney Sandy Spring Road Sandy Spring 20860 301-570-3663

2007 Chapman Ave. Rockville 20852 240-290-4827

5566 Norbeck Road Rockville 20853 301-460-0050 urbanbbqco.com

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Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company

387 E. Gude Drive Rockville 20850 301-340-8596 branded72.com

891A Rockville Pike Rockville 20852 240-268-1120 rocklands.com/locations/rockville-md

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Famous Dave’s Well before the sun rises, Famous Dave’s pitmasters are at work rubbing slabs of meat with a custom blend of spices before smoking them for hours over hickory logs. “We’ve been serving up authentic, award-winning barbecue for more than 20 years,” said Ed Rensi, Famous Dave’s CEO. The restaurant prides itself on using the best meats, freshest ingredients and nationally renowned sauces and spices. 20660 Seneca Meadows Parkway Germantown 20876 301-540-1099 famousdaves.com

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Classic Bakery Classic Bakery transformed the definition of bakery in this region when it opened 23 years ago. “We are bakers that do works of art, not artists that do baking,” said Areen Movsessian, whose shop is renowned for its customdesigned wedding and novelty cakes, not to mention its baklava and Napoleans. Relying on recipes created by Movsessian’s grandfather, the bakery blends the culinary traditions of numerous cultures—including Persian, Armenian, French, Danish, Greek and Arabic. What distinguishes Classic Bakery is its “relentless effort to provide the best quality ingredients the industry has to offer,” said Movsessian, who runs the shop with his father, Rubic Movsessian.

Red Hot & Blue

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Outback Steakhouse outback.com

18503 N. Frederick Ave. Gaithersburg 20879 301-948-0449 classicbakery.com

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Passion Bakery & Café 816 Olney Sandy Spring Road Ashton-Sandy Spring 20860 301-570-4583 thepassionbakery.com

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Royal Bagel Bakery & Deli 19725 Germantown Road Germantown 20874 301-428 1888 royalbagel.com

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| BURGER |

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Matchbox Rockville

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Dempsey’s of Ashton, MD Folks enjoy waking up with a cup of coffee, casual conversation and a hot-off-the-grill breakfast at Dempsey’s of Ashton, MD. This family-owned-and-operated restaurant is committed to getting your day off to a great start with traditional dishes such as the French Toast Jim, a large or short stack of pancakes, and Belgian waffles. Or try one of the “Ashton Favorites,” such as Eggs Chesapeake—an English muffin topped with a homemade crab cake, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce— or eggs Benedict. Can’t make it in the morning? No worries. Breakfast is served all day. 1 Olney Sandy Spring Road Ashton 20861 301-570-0161 dempseysofashtonmd.com

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12276 Rockville Pike Rockville 20852 301-770-2828 silverdiner.com

Seibel’s and the UpTown Pub

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Olney Ale House

1699 Rockville Pike Rockville 20852 301-816-0369 matchboxrockville.com

9712 Traville Gateway Drive Rockville 20850 301-424-8650 quenchnation.com

2000 Olney Sandy Spring Road Olney 20832 301-774-6708 olneyalehouse.com

BGR The Burger Joint

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COURTESY OF MATCHBOX ROCKVILLE

NATIONAL WINNERS

Five Guys Burgers and Fries fiveguys.com

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Silver Diner (Rockville)

15540 Old Columbia Pike Burtonsville 20866 301-421-1897 seibelsrestaurant.com

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Don’t ever use the word “slider” at Matchbox Rockville. They are mini-burgers. “They have been a mainstay and a favorite on our menu since we opened Matchbox in 2010,” said coowner Ty Neal. “The burgers are perfect for sharing and can be ordered in groups of threes, hence the 3.6.9 motto.” Layered with a pickle coin, the mini-burgers are piled high with crispy onion straws. Full-size burgers, all made of Angus beef, also can be found on the main menu. The popular bistro burger features Gorgonzola cheese, cremini mushrooms and applewood-smoked bacon.

First Watch

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Panera Bread

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IHOP

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| CATERER | Ridgewells Catering Design is in the details. And the culinary artists and event designers at Ridgewells Catering get that, weaving together myriad components to create memorable events—everything from weddings to corporate breakfasts to intimate private dinners. Its unique menus and trendsetting designs are the hallmarks of this catering institution. Founded in 1928, Ridgewells celebrated its most recent anniversary with 85 Days of Giving. “From catering Imagination Stage’s gala to delivering cookies to Gaithersburg’s Kaiser Permanente’s breast cancer nursing staff to bringing lunch to the brave first responders at Travilah Fire Station 32, we gave back to those who give,” said Susan Lacz, Ridgewells CEO. 5525 Dorsey Lane Bethesda 20816

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301-652-1515 ridgewells.com

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Chesapeake Catering Company 141 Crystal Spring Drive Ashton 20861 301-924-3002 chesapeakecateringcompany.com

Stone Soup Catering 8613 Ziggy Lane Gaithersburg 20877 301-515-6998 stone-soup-catering.com 5


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| COFFEE |

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Hunan Delight

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LOCAL WINNERS

When you have a yen for authentic Chinese cuisine—be it Hunan, Szechuan or Mandarin—Hunan Delight is certain to appease. Owner George Li and his chefs hail from China and have brought with them classic recipes and an appreciation of traditional culinary techniques. “Hunan Delight has been in Olney for almost 25 years and will continue to serve great Chinese food for many more years to come,” Li said. Check out the signature sizzling rice dishes, available with seafood, chicken and beef. For those looking to avoid preservatives, Hunan Delight’s low-fat menu offers MSG-free dishes that are lower in salt and oil.

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Because its beans—more than 500,000 pounds annually—are roasted in Rockville, the coffee at Quartermaine always is fresh. The company’s owners maintain close ties with specialty coffee farms and estates throughout the world’s coffee-growing regions and make regular buying and tasting trips to personally select top-grade Arabica coffee beans. To ensure freshness, each batch of Quartermaine coffee receives a unique “roast date” so customers know precisely when their coffee was roasted. “We roast locally and have the best tasting coffee,” said Quartermaine CEO Carolyn Weinberg. “We pride ourselves on building and maintaining long-term retail and wholesale relationships.”

18220 Village Center Drive Olney 20832 301-774-7944 hunandelightmd.com

Far East

Happy Uncle

5055 Nicholson Lane Rockville 20852 301-881-5552 fareastrockvillemd.com

18022 Mateny Road Germantown 20874 301-515-0018 happyuncle.com

Quartermaine Coffee Roasters

4817 Bethesda Ave. Bethesda 20814 301-718-2853 10400 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda 20814 240-396-6319 quartermaine.com

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Mayorga Coffee 15151 Southlawn Lane Rockville 20850 301-315-8093 mayorgacoffee.com

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Starbucks Its mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit—one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. While Starbucks’ baristas serve millions of drinks weekly, they strive to make each customer interaction unique. “It’s just a moment in time—just one hand reaching over the counter to present a cup to another outstretched hand. But it’s a connection,” according to the company’s website. “We make sure everything we do honors that connection—from our commitment to the highest quality coffee in the world, to the way we engage with our customers and communities to do business responsibly.” Locations throughout Montgomery County 800-782-7282 starbucks.com

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Dunkin’ Donuts dunkindonuts.com

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| CUPCAKE |

NATIONAL WINNERS

LOCAL WINNERS

Georgetown Cupcake

Lilly Magilly’s Cupcakery Who is Lilly Magilly? The online cluess are endless, but the results are delectable— e— her personality is infused into the shop’s op’s dozens of specialty cupcakes, suchh as Snickerdoodle, Brownie Delight and Red Velvet. “We are a small, family business, ess,” said owner Kristen Kendall. “We bake ke all our sweet treats from scratch and with love.” Every Lilly Magilly’s cupcake is preservative-free and made with allnatural ingredients. The cupcakery prides itself on unique creations to suit any occasion and event theme. Daily specials are posted on Twit-ter and Facebook, and, if you call all akes ahead, the staff will deliver cupcakes vice. to your car via its curbside service. 220 Boardwalk Place Gaithersburg 20878 301-208-2828 lillymagillys.com

Cupcakes Lounge Serves Montgomery County 301-538-4005 cupcakeslounge.com

While the ingredients come from around the globe, these gourmet cupcakes are baked fresh locally, with flavors changing on a daily basis. s. The quality of Georgetown wn Cupcake’s ingredients—such such as Valrhona cocoa, Madagascar gascar Bourbon vanilla and European-style ean-style COURTESY OF GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE butter—shine through withh eachh and d every bite, according to owners Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis Berman. Georgetown Cupcake offers more than 100 flavors, including 18 classic and eight daily flavors. The cupcakery also offers seasonal flavors, such as gingerbread, cherry blossom and Passover macaroon. Vegan and gluten-free cupcakes are available. COURTESY OF LILLY MAGILLY’S CUPCAKERY

Stella’s Bakery 11510-D Rockville Pike Rockville 20852 301-231-9026 stellasbakeryonline.com

Parkway Deli Consistency is the key to Parkway Deli’s five decades of success. This family business—now on its third generation of ownership—offers “good, quality food at very reasonable prices,” said the deli’s co-owner, Danny Gurewitz. COURTESY OF PARKWAY DELI “We’ve been here so long that the kids of our original customers are now bringing their kids.” This full-service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers an enormous selection of beer, wine, smoked fish, deli meats, cheeses, homemade salads, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, pastries and milkshakes. Check out the website for weekend brunch and daily specials.

Brooklyn’s Deli & Catering 1089 Seven Locks Road Potomac 20854 301-340-3354 brooklynsdelimd.com

Panera Bread Co.

Giant Food

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8317 Grubb Road Silver Spring 20910 301-587-1427 parkwaydeli.com

4834 Bethesda Ave. Bethesda 20814 301-907-8900 georgetowncupcake.com

The Woodside Deli & Catering Company 4 N. Washington St. Rockville 20850 301-444-4478 9329 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring 20910 301-589-7055 thewoodsidedeli.com

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Big Greek Café Your taste buds will be clamoring for more after dining at Big Greek Café. Relying on their mother’s authentic Mediterranean recipes, Simos and Nikos MarmaISTOCK.COM/ROBYNMAC ras opened their café in 2010. “Mama’s legacy lives on,” Simos Marmaras said. “People are blown away by the quality of our food, and they appreciate the value behind the meal. Our prices are affordable and portions are huge.” Daily specials often include lamb chops, Greek-style lasagna and moussaka. The café’s Greek fries, a customer favorite, are tossed with herbs, oregano and feta cheese. Don’t be surprised to find lines on Wednesday, when Big Greek Café offers its $5 gyro special. 4007 Norbeck Road Rockville 20853 301-929-9760 Biggreekcafe.com

Vasilis Mediterranean Grill

Athens Grill

353 Main St. Gaithersburg 20878 301-977-1011 vasilisgrill.com

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Mamma Lucia Restaurant It’s a marriage made in heaven. If you combine Bruno Fabi’s dedication to using only the freshest ingredients in his kitchens with Jimmy Fragoyannis’ passion for outstanding customer service, the result is Mamma Lucia Restaurant. For nearly 20 years, Mamma Lucia has served the best down-home Italian dishes in town. From pizza to pasta, Mamma loves to do the cooking for you. Recognized for friendly and efficient service, Mamma Lucia offers antipasti, chicken, seafood, subs and a variety of oven specialties. The menu also has gluten-free options. If you can’t dine in, carryout and delivery are available. Locations in Rockville, Olney and Silver Spring 301-562-0693 mammaluciarestaurants.com

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15209 Frederick Road Rockville 20850 301-309-0610 ilpizzico.com

Sabai Sabai Simply Thai Is it the generous pours, delectable signature cocktails or cozy atmosphere that bring folks back time and time again to happy hour at Sabai Sabai Simply Thai? “We’re hoping it’s all of the above,” said Vanda Manprasert, a partner at the restaurant. Happy hour, which runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, includes a special menu, and half-price beer and wine. Among the restaurant’s most popular drinks are the acai blueberry mojito, lychee martini, pineapple margarita and Everyday Sabai Sabai. Loosely translated, “sabai sabai” means to relax or be comfortable—and you undoubtedly will at this Thai restaurant’s happy hour.

Il Pizzico

Il Porto 245 Muddy Branch Road Gaithersburg 20878 301-590-0735 ilportorestaurant.com

NATIONAL WINNERS

19847 Century Blvd. Germantown 20874 301-528-1400 sabaisimplythai.com

The Outta the Way Cafe

Dogfish Head Alehouse

17503 Redland Road Derwood 20855 301-963-6895 outta.com

800 W. Diamond Ave. Gaithersburg 20878 301-963-4847 dogfishalehouse.com

NATIONAL WINNERS

COURTESY OF CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille The ideal place to kick back and relax at the end of the day or root for your favorite team on game day, The Greene Turtle features great happy hour drink specials, a diverse beer menu and fun specialty drinks. “The Greene Turtle … takes pride in offering excellent customer service, with exceptional food and great spirits,” said Gina Mamula, general manager of the Germantown location. “It is your number one place to celebrate good times.” The Greene Turtle salutes our men and women in uniform by offering a military discount: 15 percent off, all day, every day. Next time you visit, ask about The Greene Turtle Mug Club and its rewards program. 19961 Century Blvd. Germantown 20874 240-686-1800

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18101 Town Center Drive Olney 20832 301-570-0343 thegreeneturtle.com

Bar Louie

Ruby Tuesday

facebook.com/BarLouieRockville

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Carrabba’s Italian Grill Carrabba’s combines food with fun. Its delectable, handmade Italian dishes are prepared to order in the restaurant’s lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring family recipes that have been handed down for generations, Carrabba’s is known for its homemade lasagna, as well as fresh fish, seafood and meats that are cooked over a wood-fired grill. To ensure the quality of its dishes, Carrabba’s sources its ingredients from around the world. Its mussels, for example, are rope grown in the cold waters off the coast of Canada’s Prince Edward Island, and its pasta is imported from a small town outside Pompeii, Italy. This family-oriented restaurant offers children’s and gluten-free menus. 19935 Century Blvd. Germantown 20874 240-686-1100

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Buca di Beppo bucadibeppo.com

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Olive Garden olivegarden.com

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| MEXICAN |

| PIZZA |

COURTESY OF GENTLEMAN JIM’S

LOCAL WINNERS

COURTESY OF GUAPO’S

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Guapo’s It’s all about family at Guapo’s. “Our restaurant prides itself on providing our guests with the highest level of friendly, responsive service and exceptional food. Making our guests feel welcome and well cared for is our highest priority,” said Caitlin Turner, director of social media, marketing and consumer relations. While the fajitas and margaritas are most popular, Guapo’s offers an extensive menu that features traditional and contemporary seafood, steak and pork dishes. Guapo’s caters, as well, and offers everything from a casual fiesta to a white tablecloth event. 8130 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda 20814 301-656-0888

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9811 Washingtonian Blvd. Gaithersburg 20878 301-977 5655 guaposrestaurant.com

Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant Locations in Rockville, Silver Spring and Germantown

18917 Earhart Court Gaithersburg 20879 301-963-7778 gentlemanjims.biz

Coal Fire

Giuseppi’s Pizza Plus

116 Main St. Gaithersburg 20878 301-519-2625 coalfireonline.com

199 E. Montgomery Ave. Rockville 20850 301-424-0413

335 Kentlands Blvd. Gaithersburg 20878 301-869-1111 giuseppispizza.net

NATIONAL WINNERS

Sol Azteca

Ledo Pizza

18129 Town Center Drive Olney 20832 301-260-1650 solaztecarestaurant.com

When it comes to pizza, it’s not geography but geometry that matters. The debate isn’t New York versus Chicago, but round versus square. “Square means customers get 20 percent more,” said Will Robinson, the restaurant’s vice president for marketing. What began as a family business 59 years ago has grown to nearly 100 restaurants, 11 of them in Montgomery County. Ledo’s menu includes craft pizzas, such as HOTLANTA BBQ and Piñata, as well as creative combination and gluten-free pizzas in sizes that range from 8 to 18 inches. Its online pizza party calculator helps you quickly decide how many pies to order for your group.

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Gentleman Jim’s It is the sauce that distinguishes the pizza at Gentleman Jim’s. A bit on the chunky side and slightly sweet, the sauce is cooked for at least six hours. The crust—which is rolled, not tossed—is topped with Swiss cheese and a little Parmesan. There are more than a dozen toppings available, and pizzas range in size from 7 to 16 inches. Gentleman Jim’s pizza, which uses the same recipe as the now-defunct Cavalier Restaurant in Washington, D.C., has a loyal following up and down the East Coast. “Around the holidays, folks will come in and order a dozen pizzas to carry with them to Maine or Florida,” said owner Joe Hance.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill chipotle.com

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California Tortilla californiatortilla.com

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Locations throughout Montgomery County 410-721-6887 ledopizza.com

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| SALAD BAR |

| STEAK HOUSE | LOCAL WINNERS

GrillMarX Steakhouse & Raw Bar “X” marks the spot. At GrillMarX Steakhouse & Raw Bar, you can experience the quality of a downtown steak house without the commute. “We make everything fresh, in house daily,” said Eric Cheadle, the restaurant’s owner and partner. “Each day, we hand cut our steaks and fillet our fresh fish. Our hickory wood grill cooks each entrée to perfection. GrillMarX’s world-class barbecued ribs, house-ground burgers and fresh salads are not to be missed. Our legendary bartenders provide specialty made-to-order cocktails while guests wait for a table or enjoy the big game. We also serve a wide selection of freshly shucked oysters and clams at our wonderful raw bar.” 18149 Town Center Drive Olney 20832 301-570-1111

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Chop’t A virtual vegetable “tour de monde,” Chop’t offers classic salads with a global twist. “Our dressings explore cultures and faraway flavors around the world,” said Tony Shure, the restaurant’s cofounder. “We think that makes vegetable eating both easy and delicious.” Among the salad offerings are Chop’t Po’Boy, Kebab Cobb, Mexicali Vegan and Modern Asian, which features edamame, pickled broccoli and Chinese noodles. Dressings are homemade daily in small batches and include Creamy Sriracha, Lemon Tahini, Sweet & Smoky Chipotle and 5 Flavor Asian. There are dozens of mix-ins, including veggies, eggs, cheese, dried fruit and grains. 10307 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda 20814 240-752-9942 choptsalad.com

Golden Bull Grand Café 7 Dalamar St. Gaithersburg 20877 301-948-3666 golden-bull.com

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COURTESY OF GRILLMARX STEAKHOUSE & RA W B A R

12011 Snowden Farm Parkway Clarksburg 20871 301-916-1691 gmxsteak.com

The Classics

Nick’s Chophouse

8606 Colesville Road Silver Spring 20910 301-926-8869 theclassicsdc.com

700 King Farm Blvd. Rockville 20850 301-926-8869 nickschophouserockville.com

NATIONAL WINNERS

Outback Steakhouse There’s no place for meek or mild in the Australian Outback, so it’s no surprise that bold flavors are what Outback Steakhouse is all about. Outback’s wood-fire grilled meats—steak, ribs, chicken and pork chops—face stiff competition from other sensational dishes, such as the cabernet-sautéed New Zealand lamb and herb-roasted prime rib. 13703 Georgia Ave. Aspen Hill 20906 301-933-4385

COURTESY OF OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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12609 Wisteria Drive Germantown 20874 301-353-9499 outback.com

LongHorn Steakhouse longhornsteakhouse.com

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Yuraku There’s no compromising when it comes to quality. Yuraku relies on more than a dozen different seafood distributors—from Boston to Hawaii—to ensure that its sushi is always fresh. Sonny Lee, Yuraku’s chef and proprietor, created an extensive menu with more than 100 sushi options. “I try to be creative,” Lee said. “This is my passion.” Known for its variety and generous portions, Yuraku serves up sushi enjoyed by even the most discerning palates. Among the restaurant’s most popular rolls are the Lady Killer, Tuna Mountain and Treasure Island, a roll that features shrimp tempura topped with salmon. 19773 Frederick Road Germantown 20876 301-515-7448 yuraku.com

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Yoyogi Sushi 328 Main St. Gaithersburg 20878 301-963-0001

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Niwano Hana 887 Rockville Pike Rockville 20852 301-294-0553 niwanohana.com

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| THAI | Sabai Sabai Simply Thai This restaurant pushes the envelope when it comes to Thai cuisine. Dishes range from authentic classics and traditional street fare to Sabai Sabai Simply Thai’s signature entrées. “We’re very proud of the quality of fresh ingredients used,” said owner Cici Hart. “Our homemade sauces take longer to make and use costlier materials, but we believe it makes a difference.” Among the most popular starters are Street Style Grilled Pork and Chicken Satay. Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles and Crispy Whole Fish top the list of customers’ favorite entrées. Sabai Sabai is relaxed and cozy, with no dress code or formalities. “We think it’s more enjoyable to eat when you’re comfortable,” Hart said. 19847 Century Blvd. Germantown 20874 301-528-1400 sabaisimplythai.com

Tara Thai Locations in Rockville, Bethesda and Gaithersburg tarathai.com

Thai Tanium Restaurant 657 Center Point Way Gaithersburg 20878 301-990-3699 and 301-990-3688 thaitaniumrestaurant.com

COURTESY OF SABAI SABAI SIMPLY THAI

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Vegetable Garden

LOCAL WINNERS

It might call itself a garden, but many consider it a paradise. Vegetable Garden is one of the area’s top meatless retreats. “Our menu includes vegetarian, vegan, organic and macrobiotic entrées,” said manager Vidyson Lin. The restaurant recently introduced vegan sushi and Szechuan-style vegan dishes. The menu also has several gluten-free options. All vegetables are organic, and dairy is never used. “We care about our customers and the environment with all our heart … . The water we ISTOCK.COM/HLPHOTO serve is filtered, most of our carryout containers are environmentally friendly, and we educate our customers by playing health-related slides on the television at the restaurant.” 3830 International Drive Silver Spring 20906 301-598-6868 vegetablegarden.co

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Yuan Fu Vegetarian

Mark’s Kitchen

798 Rockville Pike Rockville 20852 301-762-5937 yuanfuvegetarian.com

7006 Carroll Ave. Takoma Park 20912 301-270-1884 markskitchen.com

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Buffalo Wings & Beer From suits to boots, the clientele at Buffalo Wings & Beer is as diverse as the gluten-free sauces that are slathered on the Perdue chicken wings. “Quality and consistency are our hallmarks,” said owner Ira Levy. “We offer a great product and exceptional service. What more can you ask for?” It was Levy’s love of sports and a yearning for top-notch Buffalo wings that COURTESY OF BUFFALO WINGS & B EER led him to the restaurant business. The untold hours spent creating sauces have resulted in numerous award winners, including the Sweet & Tangy, which took top honors in the Creative Sweet category at the National Buffalo Wing Festival. 18307 Leaman Farm Road Germantown 20874 301-528-2022 15412 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring 20904 301-879-4900 buffalowingsandbeer.com

BonChon Chicken 107 Gibbs St., Unit A Rockville 20850 301-637-9079 facebook.com/ bonchonrockville

The Outta the Way Cafe 17503 Redland Road Derwood 20855 301-963-6895 outta.com

NATIONAL WINNERS

Buffalo Wild Wings buffalowildwings.com

Wingstop

Hard Times Café

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Kentlands Flowers & Bows A flower is worth a thousand words. No matter what the occasion or sentiment you want to convey, the floral designers at Kentlands Flowers & Bows can create an arrangement unique to your circumstance. It is a passion for flowers, an appreciation of customers’ needs and a meticulous attention to detail that distinguish this family-owned florist, according to owner Kim Kelly. Catering to corporate and individual clients, Kentlands Flowers & Bows offers a selection of cut flowers, plants, flowering plants, orchids and gifts that is unmatched in the area. Workshops, planned for the shop’s flower bar, will help foster a love of flowers.

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364 Main St. Gaithersburg 20878 301-330-7720 kentlandsflowersandbows.com

Beall’s Florist 9805 Main St., Suite 203 Damascus 20872 301-253-2840 beallsflorist.com

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Hoover-Fisher Florist 16 University Blvd. East Silver Spring 20901 301-593-4700

| GREENHOUSE/NURSERY | Johnson’s Florist & Garden Centers

A green thumb isn’t necessary—though it surely doesn’t hurt—to enjoy the offerings of this four-season garden center. Always a haven for gardeners, Johnson’s Florist & Garden Centers transform into a pumpkin patch come fall—offering gourds and colorful mums to decorate the soon-to-be dormant yard—and a wonderland come winter—filled with poinsettias, wreaths and freshly cut trees. Johnson’s is renowned for its quality houseplants, orchids, annuals, perennials, and vegetable and herb plants. 10313 Kensington Parkway Kensington 20895 301-946-6700 5011 Olney Laytonsville Road Olney 20832 301-987-1940 johnsonflorists.com

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Good Earth Garden Market

The Potomac Garden Center

1610 Olney Sandy Spring Road Olney 20832 301-774-2631 gegardenmarket.com

12024 Darnestown Road North Potomac 20878 301-948-8890 potomacgardencenter.com

| HEATING/AC | GAC Services The business might have quintupled in size, and its name might have changed since 2007, when three Col. Zadok Magruder High School grads purchased what was then known as Gaithersburg Air Conditioning & Heating. But the way GAC Services does business remains the same. Tony Petrolle, Bill Wetzel and Richard Biava still adhere to the guiding principles and high standards established when the company was founded in 1970. What distinguishes GAC Services? “It’s the employees we have, the ethics we embrace, and our high standards and commitment to customers,” said Biava, GAC’s vice president. 227 E. Deer Park Drive Gaithersburg 20877 240-224-3144 gacservices.com 12

Don Hoffacker’s Air Conditioning & Heating 19703 Waters Road Germantown 20874 301-972-0017 donhoffacker.com

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing 12-A Meem Ave. Gaithersburg 20877 301-670-0034 tuckersac.com

AG Construction The equation is simple: Highquality work plus fair and affordable prices equals AG Construction. “We are at the top of Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor,” said owner Aaron Goodman, whose involvement in his family’s construction business began at age 9. “What sets me apart from 90 percent of construction companies is that I’m personable and accessible. Customer service is the differentiator and key to our success.” AG Construction specializes in the custom installation and finishing of new wood floors, as well as the refinishing and restoration of existing wood floors. The company also tackles most handyman, home-improvement, painting, drywall, smallelectric and plumbing projects. 15733 Cherry Blossom Lane North Potomac 20878 240-246-4561 agconstructionmd.com

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Hammer and Nail Exteriors 5528 Nicholson Lane Rockville 20852 301-881-8482 hammerandnailexteriors.com

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MLM Home Improvement 10400 Rockville Pike #102 Rockville 20852 301-841-7835 mlmhi.com

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Moss Chiropractic Information is powerful, and the doctors at Moss Chiropractic understand that. “The word ‘doctor’ means ‘educator,’” said Dr. Gabriella Moss, who runs the practice with her husband, Dr. Raymond Moss. “Therefore, together with our staff we empower our patients on how to take back their health.” In practice since, Moss Chiropractic is dedicated to providing scientifically proven procedures. “We want to provide to our patients what we want—a form of health care that will allow us to function optimally until we’re 100 years old.” 18123 Town Center Drive Olney 20832 301-570-9000 olneychiropractor.com

Dr. Brian Paris, Advanced Spine & Wellness Center

Dr. Mark Goren, Kensington Chiropractic Center

46B W. Gude Drive Rockville 20850 240-361-2225 parischiro.com

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We are a husband and wife team who have been in practice for 27 years. Our philosophy is that a doctor has the responsibility to explain to a patient in terms that they fully understand: why are they experiencing pain or dysfunction (and we don’t accept age or stress as a reason), what they can do to correct the problem and what they can do to keep the problem from returning. The word ‘doctor’ means ‘educator’. Therefore, together with our staff, we empower our patients on how to take back their health. We offer a complimentary initial consultation/examination so patients can see if our office is right for them. Drs. Raymond and Gabriella Moss

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| DENTIST | Dr. David Lavine, Maryland Advanced Orthodontics Orthodontics is not just about a patient’s health—it’s also about self-esteem. “We produce some of the nicest smiles in town,” said Dr. David Lavine, an orthodontist with Maryland Advanced Orthodontics. Flexibility and professionalism are the hallmarks of this practice. Always willing to go the extra mile for a smile, Lavine keeps late afternoon and occasional Saturday hours. “We try to accommodate kids who are unable to come during school hours,” said Lavine, who is passionate about his profession. “There’s nothing more rewarding than getting a high five or a hug from a patient when the work is done.” 12113 Darnestown Road Gaithersburg 20878 301-977-8717 marylandadvancedorthodontics.com

Dr. Ron Levine, Blue Ribbon Dental

Dr. Alan R. Wolcott, Dental Health Associates PA

19505 Doctors Drive Germantown 20874 301-540-8808 germantowndentist.com

1734 Elton Road, Suite 231 Silver Spring 20903 301-439-7878

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April Dawn Tweedt, D.O. In sickness and in health, April Dawn Tweedt, D.O. is there for her patients. This family medical practitioner has been in private practice in Olney since 2005. Tweedt credits her colleagues with the practice’s popularity. “Our office staff has worked very hard to try and meet the increasing needs of our patients while navigating the ever-changing landscape of medicine,” she said. “I am lucky to have a dedicated group of coworkers—consisting of patient service coordinators, medical assistants and nursCREATAS/THINKSTOCK es—who strive to provide the best possible patient care every day.” Tweedt has served as the chairwoman of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center’s Continuing Medical Education Committee since 2007. 18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite B-200 Olney 20832 301-570-7770

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| INSURANCE AGENT | Joshua M. Lavine, Capitol Benefits Accidents happen. And when they do, Joshua M. Lavine and Capitol Benefits are there for you. “Our clients understand that we are independent and not employees of an insurance company,” said Lavine, the firm’s president. “We are our clients’ advocates when a claim is filed and will do what it takes to make sure every experience is a positive one.” Representing more than 2,000 local clients and averaging 25 years of experience among its agents, Capitol Benefits provides the perfect combination of service, rates and quality coverage. Auto, home, health, life, disability, long-term care, employee benefits and commercial are among the types of insurance Capitol Benefits provides to individuals and businesses. 220 Main St., 2nd Floor Gaithersburg 20878 301-431-0000 capitolbenefits.com

Stump Insurance 19910 Fisher Ave. Poolesville 20837 301-428-8052 stumpinsurance.com

Statland & Katz 8811 Colesville Road, Suite 2 Silver Spring 20910 301-587-6050 and 800-281-0670 statlandkatz.com

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Ken Abramowitz, RE/MAX Matching a buyer with a home takes some inside knowledge. “When I first meet with clients, it’s very much like a physician taking a comprehensive history. I ask them lots of detailed questions to uncover what they are trying to accomplish,” said Ken Abramowitz, a real estate agent with RE/MAX. “By the end of that meeting, KEN ABRAMOWITZ/KEN ABRAMOWITZ, RE/MAX I know exactly what their goals and dreams are, and then I roll my sleeves up and get it done for them.” Abramowitz understands that while buying or selling a home can be exciting, it also can be a time of anxiety. “All my clients have my personal cell number and can call me anytime.” 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Road Olney 20832 301-526-2380 kenshomepage.com

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Matthew Modesitt, Redfin Corporation 1375 Piccard Drive, Suite 225 Rockville 20850 301-202-4159 and 240-449-9384 redfin.com

Andrew Goodman 6903 Rockledge Drive, Suite 530 Bethesda 20817 301-984-0100 goodmanrealtors.com

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Brookeville Animal Hospital

Your pet is more than a beloved animal. It is a member of your family. The staff at Brookeville Animal Hospital gets that, and it shows in the compassionate care and state-of-the-art medical treatment it offers. “It is the tender, loving care that exudes not just from our doctors but from the entire staff that differentiates us,” said Marcie Engel, the veterinarian who has owned the practice since 1998. “This is not just a job. It’s a passion.” While all five doctors treat dogs and cats, Engel also treats rodents, birds, rabbits, ferrets and reptiles.

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Pet Dominion Animal Hospital 15820 Redland Road Rockville 20855 301-258-0333 petdominion.com

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| NAIL SALON | Passion Nail Spa With more than 400 colors from which to choose, clients at Passion Nail Spa can go years before repeating a hue. According to owner Christina Nguyen, this luxurious nail salon offers upscale service and upscale ambiance “without the upscale price.” Passion Nail’s traditional manicure features OPI polish, which is free of dibutyl phthalate, toluene and ISTOCK.COM/IVANMATEEV formaldehyde. Its extended-wear gel and Shellac manicures keep nails chip-free for up to two weeks. Known for its meticulous attention to hygiene, Passion Nail employs a hospital-grade autoclave machine—the kind that uses pressurized steam to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses—to sterilize instruments. 19847 Century Blvd. Germantown 20874 301-916-4900 passionnailspas.com ISTOCK.COM/BST2012

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Luxuria Salon & Spa “Our passion is your beauty ... . Your beauty is our success.” That’s the philosophy at Luxuria Salon & Spa. A gateway to beauty and relaxation, Luxuria offers a full spectrum of services—including hair, massage, makeup, nails, facials and waxing—for men and women. Owner Marggie Wyman credits Luxuria’s success to her dedicated colleagues. “I would like to thank my staff for their teamwork, customer service, talent and, most of all, their passion to make every guest look and feel beautiful,” Wyman said. Patrons are invited to visit the coffee bar, and shop the retail and boutique areas. Luxuria thanks loyal clients through its rewards and customer-referral programs. 17830 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 100 Ashton 20861 301-260-2212 luxuriasalonandspa.com

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Aurelia Salon/Spa 317B E. Diamond Ave. Gaithersburg 20877 301-926-7897 aureliasalonspa.com

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Kindle and Boom Salon 180 Halpine Road Rockville 20852 301-770-0404 kindleandboom.com

Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge

Serenity Nails

8711 1st Ave. Silver Spring 20910 301-585-4770 maisiedunbarspalounge.com

78 Market St. Gaithersburg 20878 301-216-9850

Thank you Gazette Readers For Voting Tea Spa One of Montgomery County’s Best! We offer highest quality of service with reasonable price. • Gift Certificates • Deep Tissue • Aromatherapy • Hot Stone • Pregnancy massage

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| SPA | LOCAL WINNERS

Elaj Aveda Day Spa You can feel the tension fade away as you step into the sea of tranquility that is Elaj Aveda Day Spa. “Our clients are not here to have a service but an experience,” said owner Lynn Bearnath, “and we customize that experience.” A complimentary consultation allows the staff to determine individual needs. “Our goal is to put everyone back in balance.” It’s the little things—like a complementary foot soak before a massage and the inclusion of aroma therapy at no additional charge—that allow Elaj Aveda to achieve that goal. No matter which experience you choose— manicure, facial, waxing, makeup or massage—the highly trained staff will make it an experience you’ll remember. 801 Pleasant Drive Suite 110 Rockville 20850 301-977-1514 elajdayspa.com

Blu Water Day Spa & Salon 5234 Nicholson Lane Kensington 20895 301-984-6245 bluwaterdayspa.com

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Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas reddoorspas.com

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa handandstone.com

Tea Spa Wellness Center 116 Market St. Gaithersburg 20878 301-208-1003 teaspawellness.com 2424 University Blvd. West, Suite 202 Silver Spring 20902 301-942-1222 teaspadc.com

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| ATTRACTION FOR KIDS | The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School On a hot day, things are cooler—literally and figuratively—up in the trees. “How many places are there where parents, teenagers and little kids can have a great time together?” asked Missy Conner, director of operations for outdoor ventures. The Adventure Park is that rare place. “There are three different activities—The Aerial Park, The Labyrinth and The Monkey Grove—each offering unique experiences and challenges,” Conner said. Reliable and safety-conscious staffers love what they do, and it shows in the level of service they provide. Whether new, nervous or craving more of a challenge, Conner said, guests will always find staff ready to provide advice and encouragement. 16701 Norwood Road Sandy Spring 20860 240-389-4386 Open spring through fall sandyspringadventurepark.org

Bella Ballet

Wheaton Regional Park

347 Kentlands Blvd. Gaithersburg 20878 301-977-7300 bellaballetdance.com

2000 Shorefield Road Wheaton 20902 301-905-3045 COURTESY OF THE ADVENTURE PARK AT SANDY SPRING FRIENDS SCHOOL

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| FITNESS | LOCAL WINNERS

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Foundry Fitness There’s a reason no workout is ever the same at Foundry Fitness. By mixing things up, the trainers challenge clients’ bodies and prevent plateaus. “We change lives,” said owner Eric Pellicci. “Foundry Fitness is the first three-floor fitness facility of its kind, specializing in top-quality, high-intensity group fitness and personal training at an affordable price. We make sure we give our clients more than their money’s worth.” No gimmicks, just results—that’s the Foundry Fitness motto. Whether you’re looking to build lean muscle, speed up your metabolism or give your body a lean, chiseled look, Foundry Fitness does it all. 336 Main St. Gaithersburg 20878 240-478-0253 foundryfitnessmd.com

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NATIONAL WINNERS

Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness 20500 Seneca Meadows Parkway Germantown 20876 240-686-4500 healthtrax.com

Kang’s Black Belt Academy & Fitness Center 17810 Meeting House Road, Suite 110 Sandy Spring 20860 301-570-1106 kangsblackbeltacademy.com

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Anytime Fitness

Convenient, affordable and fun—and with 24/7 access— members at Anytime Fitness can work out on their own terms. “We help our members see that strong is what happens when you run out of weak,” said Luke Tam, a manager and personal trainer at Anytime Fitness’ Rockville location. “That is why people appreciate us and keep up a healthy lifestyle here at Anytime Fitness.” Safe, clean and affordable, Anytime Fitness offers a variety of cardio, strength and free-weight equipment to ensure an optimal workout. And, if you’re travelling, you can visit any of the thousands of Anytime Fitness clubs at no additional charge.

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Planet Fitness

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Locations throughout Montgomery County anytimefitness.com

| GOLF COURSE |

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Blue Mash Golf Course

Congressional Country Club

No matter what your handicap, you are certain to find Blue Mash Golf Course both enjoyable and challenging. The course is manageable for beginners and high-handicap golfers because there are no forced carries. The length from the back tees, strategic bunker placement and devilish, well-protected greens provide low-handicap golfers with challenge aplenty. “Blue Mash is the one and only privately owned, public golf course in Montgomery County,” said owner Joseph Q. Hills. “It features a world-class Arthur Hills design with a complete all-grass practice facility, superb conditions and an enjoyable pace of play seven days a week.” The course’s lowest rates always are found online.

8500 River Road Bethesda 20817 301-469-2000 ccclub.org

Needwood Golf Course 6724 Needwood Road Derwood 20855 301-948-1075 mcggolf.com

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| MARTIAL ARTS |

| PERFORMING ARTS |

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Kicks Karate

Strathmore

Ancient practices merge with modern times at Kicks Karate. The result is stronger bodies and minds. At Kicks, certified master instructors—all of whom have achieved advanced belt levels and are exceptional coaches and motivators—help children and adults develop important life skills, such as self-defense, bodily fitness, mental focus, emotional awareness and social interaction. If you are looking for a “fast-paced, kick-butt, bag-smashin’, calorie-burnin’, adrenaline-pumpin’, action-packed” workout, Kicks is for you, according to the company’s website. Its kickboxing classes combine high-energy music with kicks, punches and strikes to create the ultimate conditioning workout.

This is not your grandfather’s concert hall. Sure, you can hear a symphony at Strathmore, but you also can take in concerts by internationally renowned folk, rock, blues, pop, jazz and Broadway artists. “There is a depth and intimacy found at Strathmore that is unlike anywhere else,” said Eliot Pfanstiehl, Strathmore’s CEO. “Here, you enjoy the arts from every conceivable angle and perspective. The programming is broad and ambitious, but the experiences remain intensely close and personal.” Since opening its doors in 1983, Strathmore has hosted more than 5,000 artists and hundreds of thousands of guests at its signature exhibitions, concerts, teas, educational events and outdoor festivals.

12109 Darnestown Road Gaithersburg 20878 301-947-4700 kickskarate.com

Kang’s Black Belt Academy & Fitness Center

Scott Teague’s Academy of Martial Arts

17810 Meeting House Road Suite 110 Sandy Spring 20860 301-570-1106 kangsblackbeltacademy.com

18312 Village Mart Drive Olney 20832 301-774-4995 academyofmartialarts.net

Black Rock Center for the Arts 12901 Town Commons Drive Germantown 20874 301-528-2260 blackrockcenter.org

Olney Theatre Center 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Road Olney 20832 301-924-3400 olneytheatre.org

5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda 20852 301-581-5100 strathmore.org

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District Trivia in Bethesda District Trivia is your neighborhood pub trivia game done right. It is organized chaos disguised as entertainment. “Like most good ideas, District Trivia started out as an accident,” said owner Nick Groves, who began the Bethesda-based pub games in 2009 to attract clients to his real-estate practice. Today, District Trivia hosts games in 30 locales, four of them in Bethesda. Teams, which are limited to 35 players, compete over five rounds, with four worksheet rounds in between. Questions are progressive and increase in difficulty and value. A Tournament of Champions and Comcast SportsNet Trivia Challenge are held twice each year. Prizes are awarded.

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The Barking Dog 4723 Elm St. Bethesda 20814 301-654-0022

Caddies on Cordell 4922 Cordell Ave. Bethesda 20814 301- 215-7730

Brickside Food & Drink 4866 Cordell Ave. Bethesda 20814 301-312-6160

Tommy Joe’s 4714 Montgomery Lane Bethesda 20814 301- 654-3801 disticttrivia.com

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Brookside Gardens 1800 Glenallan Ave. Silver Spring 20902 301-962-1400 Brooksidegardens.org

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Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo 20812 301-634-2222 glenechopark.org

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Voted Best of for Auto Repair

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in Montgomery County!

Celebrating 62 Years of Service! • ASE Certified and Experienced Mechanics • State of the Art Diagnostics Tools • Ongoing Automotive Training Programs

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Graeves Auto & Appliance Diagnosing a car’s problem is as much an art as it is a science. The mechanics at Graeves Auto & Appliance are masters of both. The technicians here are the go-to guys for every make and model, foreign and domestic. Graeves is an Olney institution. “More than half of our employees have been with us for 20-plus years,” said owner Scott Graeves, a third-generation owner. An added bonus: While your car is being serviced, you can mosey on in to the appliance store and pick out your next washer, dryer, dishwasher or refrigerator.

• Customer/Vehicle Service Logs • Industry Approved Replacement Parts • MD State Vehicle Inspection Station • Authorized American Car Care Center AAA Approved!

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Love My Car Carwash & Detail Center Love My Car Carwash offers everything from auto detailing to selfservice bays. “It’s not just a car wash, it’s a feel-good experience,” said Robert Haddad, managing partner. What distinguishes this Germantown business is its “commitment to provide each and every customer with the best service possible … . Our focus is on our customer’s carcare needs, whether it is a simple car wash or complete detailing of the vehicle,” Haddad said. Love My Car’s monthly club offers discounted unlimited and weekly washes. Its state-of-the-art wash tunnel features triple foam polish, clear coat conditioner, soft cloth wash, tire shine, underbody wash and Rain-X. 19600 Walter Johnson Road Germantown 20874 301-515-5055 lovemycarcarwash.com

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Fletcher’s Service Center 18001 Georgia Ave. Olney 20832 301-924-4500 fletchers4u.com

Flagship Carwash Center Locations in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville and North Bethesda flagshipcarwash.com

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Sandy Spring Bank Helping customers survive a troubled economy is nothing new to Sandy Spring Bank. It was, in fact, the difficult financial conditions of the post-Civil War era that led to the bank’s founding. While Sandy Spring has grown, it has not lost sight of its mission: to add value to the communities it serves. “Sandy Spring Bank is an organization that is truly ‘From Here, For Here,’ and we have been for nearly 150 years,” said CEO Dan Schrider. “We are committed to making the communities we serve a better place to live, work and raise a family, while creating a consistently exceptional experience for our clients and employees.” Branches located throughout Montgomery County 800-399-5919 sandyspringbank.com

Capital One Bank capitalone.com

Bank of America bankofamerica.com

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| CREDIT UNION | Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union “If George Bailey from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ opened a financial institution today, he would open a credit union. And, if it was in Montgomery County, he would open Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union,” said Marc Wilensky, MAFCU’s vice president for marketing, referring to the classic 1946 film starring Jimmy Stewart. Truth is, every penny deposited at MAFCU is put to work in the community. “[It] gets lent to your neighbors so they can open restaurants, stores and businesses to better serve you and your family.” Membership in MAFCU is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, goes to school or volunteers in Montgomery County. Branches located in Gaithersburg, Germantown and Silver Spring 301-944-1800 mafcu.org

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Navy Federal Credit Union Branches located in Rockville, Germantown and Bethesda 888-842-6328 navyfederal.org

SECU 16701 Crabbs Branch Way Derwood 20855 12164 Tech Road Silver Spring 20904 800-879-7328 secumd.org

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Leisure World of Maryland Some of Montgomery County’s most active older adults list a Leisure World address. A community of 8,500, Leisure World was established in 1966 and sits on 610 beautifully landscaped acres. Sure, the pace of life may be more leisurely here, but opportunities to stay engaged abound. Within the gates of this 55-and-older retirement community are more than 100 clubs, as well as facilities for ceramics, woodworking, swimming, tennis, golf, fine dining, concerts, theatrical productions and movies. “This is a wonderful community with outstanding resources and facilities,” said Kevin Flannery, the general manager. “But what makes it most special is the diverse and dynamic population of active adults that call Leisure World home.”

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Brooke Grove Retirement Village 18100 Slade School Road Sandy Spring 20904 301-260-2320 and 301-924-2811 bgf.org

Asbury Methodist Village 201 Russell Ave. Gaithersburg 20877 301-216-4001 asburymethodistvillage.org

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Tommy Hugo 1 year, Ted Winfield 1 year, Barry Kimble 47 years.

Introducing our newest team members: Casey Fletcher & Ted Winfield, Shop Manager

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| CLOTHING BOUTIQUE |

COURTESY OF THE LOOK BOUTIQUE

LOCAL WINNERS

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The Look Boutique If you find it at The Look Boutique, chances are you won’t see it anywhere else in town. The Look Boutique features a wide selection of women’s clothing—something for every occasion—not carried by the typical department store. “We offer a unique and customized shopping experience to help women look and feel their best with style that fits their needs,” said owner Donna Johnson. “We take pride in helping customers create a personalized look that makes them feel confident, comfortable, colorful and vibrant because we realize that style is all about letting your inner beauty shine through.” 18119 Town Center Drive Olney 20832 301-774-7171 thelookboutiqueolney.com

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Clover 502 Main St. Gaithersburg 20878 301-869-4544 shopclover.com

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Alison’s Boutique 17810 Meeting House Road, Moore Building, Suite 350 Sandy Spring 20860 240-389-1086 alisonsboutique.com

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Chico’s chicos.com

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South Moon Under southmoonunder.com

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Francesca’s Boutique francescas.com

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| GIFT SHOP | Artisans While its focus is American-made goods, Artisans carries a unique selection of gifts from around the globe. This familyowned shop carries items for any occasion—wedding, anniversary, retirement and birthday—and has a colorful assortment of handbags, adorable items for children and babies, an eclectic selection of home decorations, eye-catching jewelry, and lovely candles and scents. “What separates us from other stores is the level of customer service that we provide and the diversity and quality of the products that we offer,” said owner Ginger Armstrong. “We’ve been in business for 20 years and value the long-time relationship that we have with the community.” 12147 Darnestown Road Gaithersburg 20878 301-990-3219 shopartisans.com

Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg 255 Kentlands Blvd. Gaithersburg 20878 301-926-6442 fleetfeetgaithersburg.com

The Backyard Naturalist 17910 Georgia Ave. Olney 20832 301-924-0024 thebackyardnaturalist.com and thebyn.com COURTESY OF ARTISANS

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| HARDWARE | Strosniders Hardware “If we don’t have it, you probably don’t need it!” boasts Strosniders Hardware’s website. Now in its seventh decade, this family-owned-and-operated hardware store carries more than 50,000 items. It stocks one of the area’s most complete selections of hardware, housewares, paint, and garden, plumbing and seasonal merchandise. “I attribute our survival to our superior product knowledge and customer service, in spite of the Internet shopping migration that we’ve all seen,” said Pete McCloskey, president and general manager of Strosniders Hardware of Potomac. “Our customers see the value in prompt, personal service.” Strosniders also handles repairs to lamps and screens, key duplicating, glass cutting and knife sharpening. Locations in Bethesda, Potomac and Silver Spring

Christopher’s Hardware 500 Olney Sandy Spring Road Sandy Spring 20860 301-570-1300 christophershardwarestore.com

Poolesville Hardware 19961 Fisher Ave. Poolesville 20837 301-428-8925 PHOTODISC/THINKSTOCK

| HOME FURNISHINGS |

THANK YOU MONTGOMERY FOR VOTING US THE BEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE!

LOCAL WINNERS

The Blue Hearth

STOP IN TODAY FOR FASHION AS UNIQUE AS YOU ARE!

This is a place where old meets blue, where furniture and home furnishings have been revitalized with oldfashioned love and new-fashioned detail. Open only one weekend a month—the first Friday through Sunday—The Blue Hearth is located in a historic home that features a signature blue door and seven fireplaces. “That gives us 6,000 square feet of Federal-period architecture to dress up our beautiful pieces and gives you a designer showroom for inspiration,” said co-owner Karen Wilson. “Our design center offers re-upholstery and custom window treatments, too.” 19964 Fisher Ave. Poolesville 20837 240-393-2499 thebluehearth.com

COURTESY OF THE BLUE HEARTH

Urban Country

Hardwood Artisans

7117 Arlington Road Bethesda 20814 301-654-0500 urbancountrydesigns.com

12266K Rockville Pike Rockville 20852 301-770-0337 hardwoodartisans.com

NATIONAL WINNERS

HomeGoods

Pier 1

homegoods.com

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Arhaus arhaus.com

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WE HAVE A WONDERFUL SELECTION OF JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES PERFECT FOR THAT SPECIAL HOLIDAY GIFT OPEN DAILY FAIRHILL CENTER 18110 Town Center Dr. Olney, MD 301-774-7171 1933619

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| JEWELRY |

LOCAL WINNERS

John Greenan & Sons, Inc. (Silver Spring)

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Its tagline says it all: “Creating lasting memories … from our family to yours.” When it comes to transforming a sentiment into an exquisite piece of wearable art, John Greenan & Sons’ goldsmiths are pros. An unwavering passion and appreciation for its customers have served as the company’s primary motivation and the foundation of its business strategy since 1947. While Greenan’s competitive diamond prices have attracted an international clientele, the shop continues to cater to its local customers. The jeweler also carries a variety of designer lines. And, for those thinking of popping the question, the shop’s online ring designer is invaluable. 1314 Fenwick Lane Silver Spring 20910 301-587-2717 greenanjewelers.com

Boone & Sons Jewelers

As Kindred Spirits

5550 The Hills Plaza Chevy Chase 20815 301-657-2144 booneandsons.com

1611 Rockville Pike Rockville 20852 301-984-0102 askindredspirits.com

NATIONAL WINNERS

Locations in Bethesda, Gaithersburg and Wheaton 800-527-8029 kay.com

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Jared

Tiffany & Co.

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tiffany.com

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Kay Jewelers Fine jewelry at a great price is the hallmark of Kay Jewelers. “Founded almost 100 years ago as a single storefront, Kay Jewelers has grown to nearly 1,000 stores from coast to coast, and today is the number one jewelry store in America,” said Frank Cirillo, manager of public relations for Sterling Jewelers Inc., Kay’s parent company. Kay carries some of the most sought-after brands in the industry, including The Leo Diamond, Open Hearts by Jane Seymour, Charmed Memories, Neil Lane Bridal and Neil Lane Designs, and Le Vian. Kay Jewelers’ Custom Design Center gives life to customers’ own jewelry dreams.


| PET STORE |

(301)258-0333 www.petdominion.com Call to make your appointment or go online!

VETERINARY LUXURY PET LODGING HOSPITAL

COURTESY OF BARK!

LOCAL WINNERS

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Whole Pet Central 1306 E. Gude Drive Rockville 20850 301-217-0432 wholepetcentral.com

Animal Exchange

Laser surgery & dentistry

Play packages

Canine Rehabilitation

Summer pool time

Ultrasound

TLC special needs care

Digital radiography

Spa services

Acupuncture

Gourmet treats

605 Hungerford Drive Rockville 20850 301-424-7387 424pets.com

NATIONAL WINNERS

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Premium daycare

Pet Smart petsmart.com

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Bark! is absolutely, “pawsitively” committed to enhancing the bond between pet guardians and their companion animals. Recognizing that pets are family, Bark! provides products that are healthy, ecologically sustainable and socially responsible. The store’s knowledgeable employees receive ongoing training about the health benefits of the foods Bark! carries. “We thoroughly research every product that we bring into our stores to make sure it meets the standards of quality that you would want for a family member,” said LeAnne Olson, director of finance. “We are local and independently owned, but try our best to keep our prices competitive and affordable.” The new Bark! Pawsitive Rewards loyalty program offers customers additional discounts. Locations in Olney, Rockville and Silver Spring barknatural.com

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Wellness care

Bark!

Petco petco.com

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Pet Valu petvalu.com

SPECIAL OFFER $50 OFF vet examination or FREE NIGHT luxury pet lodging New clients only. Not redeemable for cash. Valid until 3/30/15.

15820 Redland Road, Rockville, MD 20855 1933620

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