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Hot List 2015

HOT!

This year’s expansive Hot List features 100 of readers’ favorite places to dine, drink, do business, have a good time, and more. Why so many categories? There’s just that much to celebrate in Washington County. Whether you’re looking for the place to get a haircut, who readers rely on for their legal affairs, or the best place to take a dip and cool off (hurry, pool season is almost over) look no further than the next 18 pages. And we’d also like to extend a thank-you to all of the people who took the time to place their votes. Without you, this wouldn’t be half the fun it is to put together. So pat yourself on the back, grab a cool drink, and enjoy all the things to do, people to know, and places to go in this year’s Hot List.

• Food, Drink & Dining •

Beer Selection

Dan’s Restaurant and Tap House

3 N. Main St., Boonsboro • 301.432.5224 • www.drnth.com
Maybe it’s the rotating stock of 24 draft beers, or maybe it’s the long list of pilsners, pale ales, lagers, ciders, and sours available in bottles and cans, but no matter your fancy, Dan’s Restaurant & Tap House has an impressive array of suds available for hop-heads and traditionalists alike. They also offer special “flight nights” for those unable to choose just one.

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


Breakfast

Hagerstown Family Diner

431 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 240.707.6330
These new kids on the block have already made a name for themselves with fast service, huge portions, and a friendly staff that serves up delicious, affordable dishes. During an a.m. visit, be sure to check out their baked oatmeal, or take advantage of their $1.99 breakfast special — just two possible reasons Hagerstown Family Diner earned the top spot for favorite breakfast spot.

2nd Place: Runways Restaurant and Lounge
3rd Place: J&M Grill


Burger

LJ’s and the Kat Lounge

1130 Conrad Ct., Hagerstown • 301.739.7990 • www.ljsandthekatlounge.com
The top-secret recipe behind the burgers at LJ’s and the Kat Lounge has been shrouded in secrecy since their inception. Serving up mouth-watering burgers you just can’t find anywhere else has made LJ’s a perennial top vote-getter on the HotList’s favorite burger category.

2nd Place: 28 South
3rd Place: Schula’s Grill and Crab House


Business Power Lunch

Bulls & Bears

38 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 301.791.0370 • www.bullsandbears.biz
You don’t need to be a power broker to break up the workday with a meal worth leaving the office for. Whether you’re cutting deals and keeping an eye on the stock market ticker, or just looking for an excuse to stop working, Bulls & Bears is sure to appease even the most bullish of appetites with their selection of burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

2nd Place: (tie) The Plum; Rhubarb House
3rd Place: 28 South


Casual Restaurant

Hempen Hill BBQ

13208 Fountain Head Plaza • Hagerstown • 301.797.4455 • www.hempenhillbbq.com
A welcoming atmosphere, and no one around to judge if you wind up with a little sauce on your chin while digging into a dish slathered with some of their outstanding barbecue sauces, Hempen Hill BBQ is equally capable of accommodating diners out with the family, on date night, or anywhere in between.

2nd Place: Rik’s Café
3rd Place: Schula’s Grill and Crab House


Caterer

Leiters’ Fine Catering

416 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport • 301.223.7070 • www.leitersfinecatering.com
Family-owned and operated, Leiters’ Fine Catering has been offering full-service event planning for corporate gatherings, weddings, and anywhere there needs to be delicious food for decades. Featuring customizable menus to fit all their clients’ needs has been a hallmark of Leiters’ as well as their desire to deliver the best service in the area.

2nd Place: Rhubarb House
3rd Place: Hempen Hill


Chef

E. Jay Zuspan, 28 South

28 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 240.347.4932 • www.28south.net
Call him Jay, call him Chef, call him Chef Jay, but you can’t call him late to dinner because he’s already there. Placing special emphasis on fresh ingredients for all his dishes, E. Jay Zuspan has firmly established himself as a powerhouse purveyor of the panini, pizza, and whatever else he’s cooking up in the kitchen at 28 South, and HotList voters have taken notice.

2nd Place: Lonnie Colbe, LJ’s and the Kat Lounge
3rd Place: Arik Mills, Rik’s Café


Cocktails

Timmeh’s Grapefruitini, GG’s Restaurant and Martini Bar

41 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 301.790.2343 • www.thegourmetgoat-ggs.com
Once again, bartender Tim Seward’s Grapefruitini is the hottest cocktail in Hagerstown. An original blend that will make even those who don’t particularly care for grapefruit take a sip...or two. Order the ol’ 2-for-1 during Happy Hour and watch Timmeh do his patented double shake.

2nd Place: Rikarita, Rik’s Café
3rd Place: Fuzzy Bumm, Gourmet Goat Presents GG’s Restaurant and Martini Bar


Coffee House

Rooster Moon Coffeehouse

1551 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown • 301.790.5040
Coffee shop, tearoom, and Internet café, Rooster Moon Coffeehouse has everything that even the avid coffee drinker wants. In addition to their coffee and organic teas, Rooster Moon boasts breakfast and lunch all day, baked goods, and gifts like Polish pottery. “Espresso-yourself” at their Thursday night open mic or take a Chai Shake (chai tea and ice cream) to go in the drive-thru window.

2nd Place: Desert Rose Café
3rd Place: (tie) Safron Bakery; Pure and Simple Café


Crab Cake

Schula’s Grill and Crab House

11205 John F. Kennedy Dr., Hagerstown • 301.714.1397 • www.schulasgrillandcrab.com
With more than 35 years of experience in the seafood business, Frances Sciulla of Schula’s Grill and Crab House says, “It’s all about the crab!” Created from a family recipe, these award-winning crab cakes are made fresh daily with 100 percent jumbo lump crabmeat — no fillers — and served with homemade Schula’s sauce, enticing guests to come back again and again.

2nd Place: Nick’s Airport Inn
3rd Place: Barefoot Bernie’s


Ethnic Cuisine

Thai Zap

40 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 301.766.9559 • www.thaizaphagerstown.com
Thai Zap’s modern and traditional Thai cuisine offers Asia’s best selection of fresh and flavorful foods. Guests will get a taste of Thailand’s rich culture and tradition while enjoying the modern décor of Thai Zap. Make sure to call ahead for reservations on the weekend since this place packs a zesty punch.

2nd Place: House of Kobe
3rd Place: El Ranchero


Family Friendly Restaurant

Schula’s Grill and Crab House

11205 John F. Kennedy Dr., Hagerstown • 301.714.1397 • www.schulasgrillandcrab.com
Feel like a part of the Sciulla family at Schula’s Grill and Crab House. Large and small parties of all ages are welcome, and kids are treated to the Guppies Menu and a free scoop of ice cream with their order. With friendly and eager staff, a comfortable environment, and family recipes on the menu, Schula’s ensures all guests have an enjoyable and delicious meal.

2nd Place: Hempen Hill
3rd Place: Hagerstown Family Diner


Girl’s Night Out Spot

Cancun Cantina West

901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.797.4422 • www.cancuncantinawest.com
Girls just want to have fun. And at Cancun Cantina West, ladies looking for a night of drinks, music, and dancing will have plenty of good times. Take a seat at any of the seven bars or take to the floor with dance lessons. When the night is done, a complimentary shuttle service is offered to and from the parking lot.

2nd Place: LJ’s and the Kat Lounge
3rd Place: AVA Lounge


Happy Hour

The Broad Axe

28 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown • 301.733.8454 • www.facebook.com/pages/The-Broad-Axe
With Happy Hour seven days a week and all day on Sunday, The Broad Axe knows the more really is the merrier. As a favorite among locals and travelers, this bar and restaurant offers a wide selection of beer and liquor for every taste, ensuring your glass is always half full.

2nd Place: Benny’s Pub
3rd Place: AVA Lounge


Healthy Options

Schula's Grill & Crab House

11205 John F Kennedy Dr., Hagerstown • 301.714.1397 • www.schulasgrillandcrab.com
Always fresh seafood and produce, grilled or broiled, and unseasoned or fat-free options are just a few of the highest quality selections to choose from at Schula’s Grill and Crab House for health-minded guests. Plus, made-to-order meals are always available to accommodate food allergies, diets, and gluten-free preferences of customers, making healthy eating a snap.

2nd Place: Hempen Hill BBQ
3rd Place: The Gourmet Goat


Ice Cream

Nutter's Ice Cream

100 Mechanic St., Sharpsburg • 301.432.5809
At Nutter’s Ice Cream take a step back in time to the way ice cream was meant to be served: big scoops of hand-dipped goodness at low prices. With 32 flavors of Kemp’s hand-dipped ice cream served in a nostalgic atmosphere, this family owned and operated establishment located on the Antietam driving route has been serving summertime’s favorite indulgence for almost two decades. But you don’t have to wait for summer because Nutter’s is open year-round.

2nd Place: The Meadows Original Frozen Custard
3rd Place: The Big Dipper


Italian Cuisine

Carmine's Creative Italian Cuisine

17102 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown • 301.582.2200 • www.mycarmines.com
Serving the freshest ingredients and specials revolving around seasonal offerings, Carmine’s Creative Italian Cuisine is committed to providing guests a true dining experience. Chef Carmine Schiano Moriello brings his Neapolitan heritage to each dish, creating authentic Italian cuisine made-to-order. For the past five years, Carmine’s has been inspiring readers to say “Delizioso!” landing them the #1 spot again.

2nd Place: Café Italia Restaurant & Pizzeria
3rd Place: Fratelli Pizzeria & Grill


Lunch To-Go Spot

The Plum

6 Rochester Pl., Hagerstown • 301.791.1717
Tucked in an alley is The Plum, a quaint sandwich shop perfect for a quick bite to eat. Offering a healthy variety from salads to specially made sandwiches, the mother-daughter duo of Sarah Ardinger and Jennifer Kane is committed to their customers. Plus, their takeout option makes it easy to have lunch on the go.

2nd Place: The Gourmet Goat
3rd Place: Alekos 2 Go


New Restaurant

Runways Restaurant and Lounge

18421 Henson Blvd., Hagerstown • 240.707.6996
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself around airplanes and hangers when you eat at Runways Restaurant and Lounge. Located in the Rider Jet Center, the new restaurant gives guests a front-row view of the Hagerstown Airport runway in a modern, soundproof setting so diners can enjoy the scenery without interruption to their tabletop conversation, says Kevin Benner, owner and manager. Try the liver and onions, a guest favorite, or the weekly specials that include salmon and prime rib along with a drink from the fully stocked bar.

2nd Place: Hagerstown Family Diner
3rd Place: Hoffman’s All American Grill


Nightclub

Cancun Cantina West

901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.797.4422 • www.cancuncantinawest.net
For the 10th year in a row, Cancun Cantina West has been keeping guests entertained all night long. It’s no wonder with their expansive dance floors, two stages and state-of-the-art lighting. Plus, enthusiastic DJs and live bands offer a variety of music to make Cancun Cantina stand out among nightclubs.

2nd Place: AVA Lounge
3rd Place: The Lodge Lounge + Dance Club


Outdoor Seating

Stadium Grill & Tavern

401 S. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown • 301.714.0849 • www.stadiumgrillandtavern.com
At Stadium Grill & Tavern, the tropical-themed outdoor bar and deck is the perfect place to relax and cool off after a long day. Enjoy their jumbo wings or seafood specialties under the large umbrellas and unique misting system for an evening you won’t want to end.

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


Outstanding Service

Schula's Grill and Crab House

11205 John F Kennedy Dr., Hagerstown • 301.714.1397 • www.schulasgrillandcrab.com
Guests’ satisfaction brings them back year after year and ranks Schula’s Grill and Crab House #1 on the HotList again. Every server at Schula’s receives extensive training with an emphasis on customer service to create a welcoming environment and ensure that customers’ dining needs are always met. Owner Frances Sciulla says, “The front of the house and the back of the house work together to make the customer’s experience an unforgettable one.”

2nd Place: LJ’s & the Kat Lounge
3rd Place: Rik’s Café


Overall Restaurant

Schula's Grill and Crab House

11205 John F Kennedy Dr., Hagerstown • 301.714.1397 • www.schulasgrillandcrab.com
The top-notch food, exceptional service, and relaxed atmosphere make Schula’s Grill and Crab House the top restaurant among customers. Offering a menu created by the Sciulla family, mother-daughter duo Frances Sciulla and Danielle Bloom are committed to serving the highest quality and freshest products. Meticulously crafted food and customer satisfaction are their passions, ensuring that guests enjoy the best every time.

2nd Place: LJ’s & the Kat Lounge
3rd Place: Nick’s Airport Inn


Pizza

Rocky's New York Pizza

907 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 301.791.6810
There’s no need to travel to New York for pizza when the authentic New York-style pie is made fresh at Rocky’s. A traditional pizza shop menu with dine in, delivery, and take-out gives hungry guests a variety of satisfying options.

2nd Place: Tony’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant
3rd Place: North Side Pizzeria


Romantic Dinner Spot

LJ's & the Kat Lounge

1130 Conrad Ct., Hagerstown • 301.739.7990 • ljsandthekatlounge.com
Looking for a fine dining experience to enjoy with your special someone? LJ’s & The Kat Lounge has the perfect atmosphere in their boutique-style restaurant and lounge with warm fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, and burlap tablecloths. For something extra special, enjoy their six-course meal with a wine pairing. Along with excellent service, their sophisticated-yet-comfortable scene is the ideal place for your next romantic dinner.

2nd Place: Nick’s Airport Inn
3rd Place: Aqua 103


Steak

Schula's Grill and Crab House

11205 John F Kennedy Dr., Hagerstown • 301.714.1397 • www.schulasgrillandcrab.com
Mouth-watering, aged Angus beef combined with quality and execution create a #1 steak at Schula’s Crab House and Grill. “The communication between customer, server and kitchen is essential when meeting our customers’ needs,” owner Frances Sciulla says. Hand cut in-house, topped with a special house seasoning, and grilled to preference, these steaks can’t be beat.

2nd Place: LJ’s & the Kat Lounge
3rd Place: Nick’s Airport Inn


Subs

Hartle's Subs

635 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 301.739.5473 • www.hartlessubs.com
Once again Hartle’s Subs is voted  #1 among readers for their freshest ingredients and generous portions. Sub lovers can also enjoy gluten-free options. Stop by any of their four locations for quick and friendly service, or order online to get your sub quicker than you can say “Foot long on Pumpernickel.”

2nd Place: Freddie’s Famous Cheese Steaks
3rd Place: Jersey Mike’s Subs


Vegetarian Options

Hempen Hill BBQ

13208 Fountain Head Plaza, Hagerstown • 301.797.4455 • hempenhillbbq.com
It seems ironic that a vegetarian owns a BBQ restaurant, but Kathy Reeder makes it a point to meet the dietary desires of her fellow vegetarian guests. For a vegan-friendly meat alternative, switch the chicken in any dish with “vicken.” Of course, anyone can choose from the other delectable vegan dishes, like the smoked tofu or black bean cake, to name a few.

2nd Place: Sitar of India
3rd Place (tie): Mango Grill Indian & Thai Cuisine; Pure and Simple Café


Washington County Tradition

Nick's Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 • www.nicksairportinn.com
After 54 years in business and scoring the top spot on our HotList again, Nick Giannaris’ restaurant is a long-running favorite. What started as a one-room luncheonette with a single waitress has expanded to a successful restaurant accommodating loyal patrons in 10 dining rooms and an elegant atrium-enclosed piano bar, all while serving delectable food and drinks.

2nd Place: Alsatia Mummers Parade
3rd Place: Krumpe’s Do-nuts


Wine Selection

LJ's & the Kat Lounge

1130 Conrad Ct., Hagerstown • 301.739.7990 • ljsandthekatlounge.com
LJ’s & the Kat Lounge features an extensive wine list to tickle the taste buds of both the novice wine drinker and oenophile. Boasting the finest libations from wineries around the world, LJ’s wine list is expertly sorted by color, origin, varietal, then price to take the guesswork out of searching for the best glass or bottle.

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


Wings

Stadium Grill & Tavern

401 S. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown • 301.714.0849 • www.stadiumgrillandtavern.com
With eight mouthwatering sauces to choose from, the jumbo wings at Stadium Grill & Tavern won’t keep your fingers clean for long. That’s not the only thing making these a #1 favorite. Fresh, never frozen, and breaded by hand, the wings are cooked to order, bone-in or boneless. Order a side of celery with bleu cheese or ranch and the combination is sure to satisfy anyone’s taste.

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

 

• Entertainment •

Attraction for Kids

Monkey Joe's

1113 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.797.7716 • www.monkeyjoes.com/hagerstown
Bounce, slide, jump, or climb into Monkey Joe’s where children 12 years old and younger will have a blast in this wall-to-wall inflatable wonderland. Obstacle courses and arcades entertain the older kids, while there is a separate playroom for children 3 years and younger. Trained staff observes the play areas so parents can enjoy concessions, free Wi-Fi, and a flat screen TV. Don’t monkey around and wait to book your next party, host a moms’ group play date, or simply walk in for a fun diversion.

2nd Place: Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Inc.
3rd Place: Family Recreation Park


Entertainment Bargain

Leitersburg Cinemas

20145 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown • 240.329.2093 • www.leitersburgcinemas.com
What could be better than well-priced concessions, VIP seating, and free refills on any size popcorn and soda? Leitersburg Cinemas is a favorite for moviegoers looking to save money but not skimp on their theater experience. Enjoy an upgraded sound system and digital projectors in any of their 10 theaters for an $8 regular price ticket. Every Tuesday, tickets are $5 and popcorn is $1, and on your birthday the movie is free.

2nd Place: (3-way tie) Hagerstown Suns Baseball at Municipal Stadium; Maryland International Film Festival; Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
3rd Place: Hagerstown City Park


Family Fun Spot

Family Recreation Park

21306 National Pike, Boonsboro • 301.733.2333 • www.famrecpark.com
With something to do for everyone, the entire family can have a safe and enjoyable time at Family Recreation Park. There’s paint ball, batting cages, go-karts, and water attractions. And if that’s not your speed, enjoy the driving ranges, mini-golf, or outdoor movies. Or, have a party or family gathering catered in one of the pavilion rentals, great for any group, large or small.

2nd Place: Hagerstown City Park
3rd Place: Hagerstown Suns Baseball at Municipal Stadium


Festival/Special Event

Western Maryland Blues Fest

301.739.8577 • www.blues-fest.org
Earning the spotlight again as the #1 festival, the Western Maryland Blues Fest has been delivering soulful, blues-tastic entertainment for the past 20 years. Each summer for four days, the community comes together to hear national, regional, and local blues artists perform their best.

2nd Place: Maryland International Film Festival
3rd Place: Augustoberfest


Fishing Hole

Blairs Valley Lake

Blairs Valley Rd., Washington County, near Clear Spring • 877.620.8367 • dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries
Local anglers know they can expect good fishing at Blairs Valley Lake, ranking it a favorite fishing hole in the county. A reservoir located just over nine miles from Williamsport and with 32 acres at normal pool, Blairs Valley Lake hosts a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill, tiger muskie, rainbow trout, perch, and carp. Whether baitcasting, fly-fishing, or spinning, anyone can have a good catch of the day.

2nd Place: Devil’s Backbone Park
3rd Place: Potomac River


Golf Course

Fountain Head Country Club

13316 Fountain Head Rd., Hagerstown • 301.739.6933 • www.fhcc1924.com
Tree-lined fairways, impeccably manicured grounds, and the only Donald J. Ross design left in Maryland, the 18-hole golf course at Fountain Head Country Club is a golfer’s paradise. Set around Fountainhead’s luxurious clubhouse, the course offers four sets of tees and golf instruction for members or their guests.

2nd Place: Black Rock Golf Course
3rd Place: Beaver Creek Country Club


Hometown Sports Team

Hagerstown Suns

Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown • 301.766.8022 • www.hagerstownsuns.com
Loyal fans of Hagerstown Suns baseball like to root, root, root for the home team at Municipal Stadium all season long. Featuring a video board and grandstand seating, the stadium also hosts movie nights and group picnics. And on Guaranteed Wins-Days if the Suns don’t win, get free tickets to the next Wednesday game.

2nd Place: Boonsboro Warriors
3rd Place (tie): Clear Spring Blazers; Williamsport Wildcats


Live Music Venue

The Maryland Theatre

27 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 301.790.2000 • www.mdtheatre.org
As home of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, The Maryland Theatre is the cornerstone of the arts and entertainment district in the region. This recently refurbished, elegant theater provides 1,300 seats for guests to enjoy the best in a broad range of musical performances year-round. Music carries into the streets, as well, during the Wind Down events outside the theater May through October offering community evenings of live music, kids’ activities, drinks, and food.

2nd Place: Cancun Cantina West
3rd Place: Hempen Hill BBQ


Museum

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

401 Museum Dr., Hagerstown • 301.739.5727 • www.wcmfa.org
In the middle of Hagerstown City Park is the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts — a gem of a museum. For more than 80 years, the museum has given guests the opportunity to see and learn about a variety of fine arts. With their permanent collections, rotating exhibits, concerts, lectures, and year-round tours and art classes, the museum is sure to educate and inspire.

2nd Place: Discovery Station
3rd Place: Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum


Park

Hagerstown City Park

501 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown • 301.790.3200 • www.hagerstownmd.org
Nature lovers, historians, and kids of all ages will each find something to do at Hagerstown City Park. Children can romp around the colorful playgrounds while parents set up a picnic, or dog owners can take their pooch for a walk by scenic lakes along the wooded trails. Providing a respite from a noisy life, the park also offers tennis courts and ball fields, and is home to multiple museums and historical sites.

2nd Place: Pangborn Park
3rd Place: Fairgrounds Park


Place To Workout

Planet Fitness

1121 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.0777 • www.planetfitness.com
More than a gym, Planet Fitness is a whole other world. Encouraging staff and a plethora of great equipment, along with fitness training programs, help anyone reach their fitness goals. Plus, their Judgment Free Policy puts you at ease to go at your own pace, ensuring you won’t feel “gymtimidated,” and bring you to the next realm of fitness.

2nd Place: Gold’s Gym
3rd Place: South Pointe Fitness Club


Swimming Pool

Fountain Head Country Club

13316 Fountain Head Rd., Hagerstown • 301.739.6933 • www.fhcc1924.com
Sparkling blue waters with a snack bar featuring refreshing drinks and food nearby, the pool at Fountain Head is the perfect place to bring the kids for a day of fun in the sun, while beating the heat. And certified lifeguards to keep everyone happy and safe always oversee the pool, which is equipped with water slides and a diving board. The pool is also the centerpiece to events such as teen night, Pirate & Princess Day, kiddie pool play dates for their youngest members, movie nights, summer cookouts, swimming lessons, and more!

2nd Place: Williamsport Pool
3rd Place: Beaver Creek Country Club

 

• Retail •

Antique Store

Beaver Creek Antique Market

20202 National Pike, Hagerstown • 301.739.8075
With goods from more than 150 dealers on site, and items ranging from early Americana to modern, Beaver Creek is an antique-hunting paradise that boasts a big-city selection with country market prices. With more than 30 years of supplying the tri-state area with a unique blend of furniture, home décor, and collectibles, never knowing what you’re going to find is at least a part of the allure of this lasting HotList veteran.

2nd Place: Remember When Antiques & Collectibles
3rd Place: James and Jess’ House of Goods


Appliance Store

Spichers Appliances & Electronics

13427 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.739.2794, toll free 800.726.1794 • www.spichers.com
This family-owned discount appliance, electronics, and security systems store has been a Hagerstown staple for generations, but it’s Spichers’ reputation for dependable service that keeps them on the top of the HotList. Featuring a huge selection of top-of-the-line brands, their expert staff is well versed at helping customers find exactly what they’re looking for at the prices they want.

2nd Place: Lowe’s
3rd Place: hhgregg


Bookstore

Wonder Book & Video

607 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.733.1888 • www.wonderbk.com
There are games, movies, music, memorabilia, and even software, but it’s the vast selection of books that keeps Wonder Book & Video going strong. Those on the hunt for the latest New York Times bestseller, classic literature, or just a good book at a bargain basement price continue to make this a favorite spot for local bookworms.

2nd Place: Turn the Page
3rd Place: 2nd and Charles


Electronics Store

Best Buy

18053 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown • 240.420.8523 • www.bestbuy.com
Whether you need to replace a lost cable, are in the market for a new set of headphones, or are interested in replacing a major appliance, Best Buy remains HotList voters’ favorite for electronics purchases.

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


Flooring Supply Store

Burkholder's Flooring America

13412 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.9196 • www.burkholdersflooringamerica.com
It’s not about meeting customers’ expectations, it’s about exceeding them at Burkholder’s. Whether you’re looking spruce up your home with new hardwood, carpet, tile, laminate, or vinyl flooring, they can quite literally have you covered. Their experienced staff is more than capable of helping you decide what floor is right for you and your home.

2nd Place: Carpet Gallery
3rd Place: Hagerstown Flooring, Inc.


Florist

Roostervane Gardens

2 S. High St., Funkstown • 301.739.2439
Don’t let the quaint corner location of this Funkstown staple fool you; inside you will find the minds behind the creation of breathtaking floral arrangements perfect for any special occasion. This perpetual HotList winner offers up beautiful bouquets, display items, plants and herbs, and garden supplies, all the while assisting you with a smile.

2nd Place: Ben’s Flower Shop
3rd Place: Chas. A. Gibney Florist


Formalwear Shop

Ingram's Mens Shop

18047 Garland Groh, Blvd., Hagerstown • 301.739.3494 • www.ingramsmensshop.com
Hagerstonians continue to make Ingram’s their formalwear destination thanks to the competitive prices, massive selection, and great customer service. Grooms or any gent preparing for a special night can count on Ingram’s guarantee to find the right fit, whether it is for a suit, tux, shoes, or accessories.

2nd Place: Potomac Bridals
3rd Place: Men’s Wearhouse


Furniture Store

Wolf Furniture

900 Premium Outlets Blvd., Hagerstown • 301.790.7933 • www.wolffurniture.com
With a large showroom featuring a great selection of living room, bedroom, dining room, office, entertainment, and accent furniture, it’s no wonder HotList voters put Wolf Furniture on top. And be sure to check out their clearance specials online to find some of the hottest deals in Hagerstown.

2nd Place: Value City
3rd Place: Ashley Furniture


Gift Shop

Bodyworks Massage Center and Gift & Wellness Shop

1305 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.745.6490 • www.bodyworksmassagecenter.com
A variety of greeting cards, candles, jewelry, herbal teas, incense, bath and body products, and much more make Bodyworks Wellness shop a perfect destination to find that special something for that special someone. Their emphasis on gifts to enhance the well-being of the mind and body are sure to earn you bonus points!

2nd Place: S the Boutique
3rd Place: (tie) Fahrney’s Hallmark; Gifts Inn Boonsboro


Jewelry Store

R. Bruce Carson Jewelers

12814 Shank Farm Way, Hagerstown • 301.739.0830 • www.carsonjewelers.com
With an unmatched collection of giftware, fine jewelry, and Swiss timepieces from designers like Scott Kay, Pandora, and Mikimoto, R. Bruce Carson Jewelers invites customers to experience what makes a designer piece extraordinary. They also feature their own line of signature watches and designs.

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


Liquor Store

Longmeadow Wine and Liquors

1515 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown • 301.766.4636 • www.longmeadowwine.com
A vast selection, competitive pricing, and a knowledgeable service team to help you find what you’re looking for, Longmeadow Wine and Liquors is prepared to sate even the most discerning palate. What wine goes with duck? What temperature should it be served at? Go ahead and ask, they’ve got you covered.

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


Menswear Shop

Ingram's Mens Shop

18047 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown • 301.739.3494 • www.ingramsmensshop.com
When in need of a tux, look no further than Ingram’s for the largest selection in the tri-state area. Their name-brand selection of suits and sport coats, ranging from 36 short to 60 long, makes them ready to outfit just about anyone who walks in the door. Throw in expert alterations to give that custom look and fit, and it’s no wonder Ingram’s remains in the #1 HotList pick.

2nd Place: Brooks Brothers
3rd Place: J. Crew Factory


New Retailer

Kendall Taylor Home

53 N. Potomac St. Hagerstown • 240.469.4995 • www.facebook.com/KendallTaylorHomeLLC
After successfully participating in the first two Pop-Up Shop events in downtown Hagerstown, owner Cally Apicella decided to give Kendall Taylor Home a more permanent residence on North Potomac Street, and the response has been nothing but positive. Featuring unique vintage, upcycled, and refinished furniture and home décor, this funky and fashionable shop makes for a wonderfully distinct shopping experience.

2nd Place: James and Jess’ House of Goods
3rd Place: Plato’s Closet


Second-Hand Shop

Act II

13625 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.739.0552
No secret to Hagerstown magazine readers, Act II is a local mecca for the thrifty due to their huge array of carefully sorted, gently used clothing and accessories. Their quality men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing has something for the bargain hunter in all of us.

2nd Place: Plato’s Closet
3rd Place: Kendall Taylor Home


Sporting Equipment

Dick's Sporting Goods

17780 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown • 240.420.0140 • www.dickssportinggoods.com
Long known for its quality and variety, the Hagerstown franchise of Dick’s Sporting Goods reflects the chain’s national reputation with solid customer service, quality gear, and reasonable prices. Providing the equipment you want for the active lifestyle of your choice remains the trademark of this celebrated retailer.

2nd Place: Hendershots Sporting Goods, Inc.
3rd Place (tie): Bikle’s Snow, Skate & Surf; Fountain Head Country Club Pro Shop


Women’s Boutique

S The Boutique

1136 Conrad Ct., Hagerstown • 301.797.8008 • www.sagittariussalon.com
Based on the same philosophy as the salon and spa it’s connected to, S The Boutique is dedicated to making you look amazing and feel beautiful. Offering their style-savvy guests the season’s fashionable trends while bringing something a little different to the table, the funky and classic offerings at “S” are as eclectic as they are appealing.

2nd Place (tie): Zelda’s Boutique; Chico’s
3rd Place: Josie’s On Main

 

• Businesses & Professionals •

Businesses

Attorney – Firm

Poole & Kane, P.A.

29 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown • 301.790.3600 • www.poole-kane.com
With a depth of knowledge and experience in personal injury, business, family law, and litigation cases, the attorneys of Poole & Kane offer more than 50 years of combined experience, and always strive to give the best representation in the area. Clients who have sustained injuries resulting in extensive medical treatment, and businesses in need of resolving challenges of all kinds can find a worthy advocate in Pool & Kane, P.A.

2nd Place: (tie) Law Offices of John R. Salvatore; Divelbiss & Wilkinson
3rd Place (3-way tie): Barton & Williams; Greivell & Garrott Johnson, LLC; Law Office of Arthur Schneider


Auto Dealer

Hagerstown Honda/KIA

10307 Auto Place, Hagerstown • 855.415.1725 • www.hagerstownhonda.com // 888.929.0745 • www.hagerstownkia.com
As one of the top Honda dealers in the nation with over 3,000 customer deliveries each year, Hagerstown Honda/KIA has earned its place on the HotList with outstanding customer service, flexible service appointments for maintenance, and an extensive parts department. And their large fleet of new and used vehicles offers price points to get and keep Hagerstonians on the road.

2nd Place: Hamilton Nissan
3rd Place: Hagerstown Ford


Auto Repair

Keplinger's Automotive Center

10218 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown • 301.733.0760 • www.keplingersautomotive.net
Family-owned and operated since its formation in 1968, Keplinger’s Automotive Center still focuses on the same quality customer service it was founded on, while evolving with the technical automotive innovations that keeps cars running smoothly to this day. A wide range of services provided by Master Technicians and fair-priced maintenance puts Keplinger’s at the top of this year’s HotList.

2nd Place: Grease Monkey
3rd Place: Repairs Unlimited


Bank

The Columbia Bank

Hagerstown Main Office: 83 W. Washington St., Hagerstown • 301.739.0850 • www.thecolumbiabank.com
The Columbia Bank offers a broad array of financial services that includes resources typically only provided by larger banks, while maintaining the personalized community-oriented banking relationships that customers have come to expect and appreciate. A solid reputation for meeting customers’ needs and helping to create financial success for their customers keeps them at the top of the HotList.

2nd Place: M&T Bank
3rd Place: Susquehanna Bank


Barber Shop

Williamsport Barber Shop Downtown

28 N. Conococheague St., Williamsport • 301.223.8220
The “Old World” classic feel, paired with the modern services the discerning gentleman has come to expect, coalesce in Williamsport Barber Shop Downtown. Just a little off the top, high and tight, or a killer tapered fade, the professionals here also offer hot lather shaves, color service, and manage to put the “man” in manicure.

2nd Place: South End Barber Shop
3rd Place: Pete’s Barber Shop


Bed and Breakfast

Inn Boonsboro

1 N. Main St., Boonsboro • 301.432.1188 • www.innboonsboro.com
This eight-room, 1790s-era boutique hotel caters to the romantic side of things, with each room named after a famous literary couple and features a signature scent — a fitting tribute from best-selling romance novelist and owner Nora Roberts. Guests are invited to indulge in complimentary wine or soft drinks served with fruit and cheese every evening, and can work it off with courtesy access to Fit In BoonsBoro during their stay.

2nd Place: Elmwood Farm Bed and Breakfast
3rd Place: (tie) Antietam Overlook Farm; Inn at Red Hill


Computer Service and Support

PGH Networks, LLC.

11821 Oriole Dr., Hagerstown • 301.302.0000 • www.pghnetworks.com
Voice, video, and data support with 24/7 IT help at the ready, PGH Networks is just the maintenance and support partner businesses look for. Designed to provide the protection needed to support maximum reliability, their business is to keep you connected so you can take care of your business.

2nd Place: Innovative, Inc.
3rd Place: My Tech


Convenience Store

Sheetz

Various locations in Washington County • www.sheetz.com
Fill ‘er up — and not just the gas tank. If speed and variety is the name of the game, get it all at any of Sheetz’s convenient locations. Fresh coffee, made-to-order food, something to read for the ride, and dry goods keep this ubiquitous chain at the top of the charts.

2nd Place: AC&T
3rd Place: (3-way tie) Battleview Market; Byers Stop-N-Go; Your Country Store


Day Spa

Sagittarius Salon & Spa

1136 Conrad Ct., Hagerstown • 301.797.8008 • www.sagittariussalon.com
Find your happy place in the Zen-like environment while rejuvenating body, mind, and spirit during a spa visit at Sagittarius. Slip into a plush robe and sip an herbal tea while indulging your digits in a footbath. Treat yourself to a detoxifying treatment, a refreshing facial, manicure, or relaxing massage, or get a combination of the above in their special Diva Day and Princess packages.

2nd Place: Bella Salon & Spa
3rd Place: Bodyworks Massage Center, Inc.


Design and Marketing Agency

Worx Graphic Design

2 Public Square, Suite 205 • Hagerstown • 877.850.9679 • www.worxgraphicdesign.com
An online presence is important for any company, but a well-researched and executed brand can be the difference between the minors and the big leagues. Worx Graphic Design specializes in the development of a coherent and attention- grabbing style for any business and they have the awards to show for it.

2nd Place: Ovation PR & Advertising
3rd Place: DM Designs, LLC


Electrical Service

Ellsworth Electric, Inc.

88 W. Lee St., Hagerstown • 301.739.8800 • www.ellsworthelectric.net
As a comprehensive electrical contractor and insulation services for residential, industrial, and commercial customers in the area, Ellsworth Electric can provide planning and design, technical drawings, materials acquisition, and construction of low-, medium-, and high-voltage electrical systems. The future looks bright for this HotList winner and all the clients they service.

2nd Place: Funk Electrical Services, Inc.
3rd Place: (tie) Shifler Electrical Associates, Inc.; Weaver Electric Service, Frederick


Garden Supply Nursery

Snavely's Garden Corner

19719 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown • 301.791.3622 • www.snavelys.net
An experienced staff that includes two Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Certified Nurserymen, Snavely’s is also home to a diversified selection of plant material including dwarf and unusual evergreens, shade and flowering shrubs and trees, broadleaf evergreens, and fruit-bearing plants. They boast the widest selection of perennial plants, groundcover, and flowering vines in the area.

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


Hair Salon

Sagittarius Salon & Spa

1136 Conrad Court, Hagerstown • 301.797.8008 • www.sagittariussalon.com
The Sagittarius experience begins with a pressure-point scalp massage and moisturizing hand treatment during the initial consultation. And once your hair has been expertly cut, colored, and styled, they offer a prescription of products and lessons for home maintenance to preserve that fresh-from-the-salon look for weeks to come.

2nd Place: Bella Salon & Spa
3rd Place: Salon Pure


Heating/Air Conditioning

Total Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning

12009 Margaret Dr., Hagerstown • 301.745.3700 • www.tchvac.net
With a focus on innovative, energy-saving HVAC solutions for homes — be it for heat pump, gas furnace, or air conditioning systems — Total Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning has you covered. They also provide service and maintenance on all makes and models of equipment to provide their customers with the most economical comfort available.

2nd Place: Cumberland Valley Heating & Air Conditioning
3rd Place: Harrell’s Services


Homebuilding Company

Woodbridge Homes

11400 Woodbridge Ct., Hagerstown • 301.745.6533 • www.woodbridgehomesllc.com
This second-generation, family-owned business has been dedicated to providing their clients affordable and personalized homes that express the imagination and lifestyle of their customers for going on 47 years. But it’s their focus on achieving both market value and personal value that helped them earn top spot on this year’s HotList.

2nd Place (tie): Corey’s Construction; David Lyles Developers
3rd Place: Home Construction Corp.


Hotel

Hampton Inn

1716 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.739.6100 • www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com
A free hot breakfast, with access to a comprehensive fitness center, free WiFi, and a location just 10 miles from historical sites like Antietam National Battlefield earned Hampton Inn the readers’ choice for best hotel. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, this recently renovated hotel has all the amenities you and your family could hope for.

2nd Place: Clarion Hotel
3rd Place: Homewood Suites


Insurance Agency

Farmers Insurance

120 E. Oak Dr., Suite 400, Hagerstown • 240.329.4366 • www.farmersagent.com/ekeller
Providing personal, professional, and informed service on their various insurance products like, home, life, car, and even pet insurance, has earned Farmers the #1 spot on this year’s HotList. Their full list of products includes everything a growing business or family could need to keep financially solvent in the time of crisis.

2nd Place: Wright-Gardner Insurance
3rd Place: State Farm Insurance


Landscaping Company

Lovell's Nursery

19777 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown • 301.733.8733 • www.lovellsnursery.com
Combining a knowledgeable and friendly staff with competitive prices and a vast array of unique plants, trees, shrubs, and even indoor tropical plants keeps Lovell’s Nursery at the top spot of this year’s HotList. This full-service garden center and landscape installation contractor strives to keep the tri-state area beautiful.

2nd Place: The Groundskeeper
3rd Place: Antietam Tree & Turf


Massage Therapy

Bodyworks Massage Center

1305 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.745.6490
Release the tension and relax in the tranquil setting of Bodyworks Massage Center in one of their five private massage rooms with an adjacent retail shop offering a variety of goods to bring home and enhance you body, mind, and spirit. Their wide variety of services include 30-, 60-, and 90-minute deep tissue, prenatal, reflexology, Thai, and sports massages that can also be paired with aromatherapy, mud wraps, and hot or cold stone treatments.

2nd Place: Angel’s Massage Therapy
3rd Place: Sagittarius Salon & Spa


Pet Grooming

Bow Wow Station & Spa

18212 Oak Ridge Dr., Hagerstown • 301.393.5333
Turning first-time customers into life-long clients, Bow Wow Station & Spa offers dog and cat grooming services for every walk of life. Providing full-service grooming and massages, and even a do-it-yourself “self-suds station” bathing facility featuring only all natural products including shampoos, mineral muds, flea preventatives, and toothpastes has earned them this year’s #1 spot on the HotList.

2nd Place: PetSmart
3rd Place: Pawsabilities Pet Salon


Photography Studio

Anderson Photographs

4 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 301.393.4515 • www.andersonphotographs.com
Take a picture, it’ll last longer. When you’re looking to capture memories that will last a lifetime, Anderson Photographs has the image for you. Their high-end photo studio and access to the urban nooks and crannies of downtown Hagerstown offers clients the best of both photographic worlds — from glossy glamour shots to metropolitan chic.

2nd Place: Raynor Photography
3rd Place: Studio 3 Photography


Plumbing Service

Larry & Sons

301 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown • 301.733.5428 • www.larryandsons.com
One more time! The family-owned Larry & Sons continue their reign at the top of the HotList as readers’ pick for plumbing service in the area. While calling a plumber for work or maintenance is rarely a cheery activity, the employees at Larry & Sons take pride in doing their work in a timely, professional manner, while going the extra mile to educate customers about how to prevent future plumbing issues.

2nd Place: Scotty’s Plumbing
3rd Place (tie): Donnie & Sons Plumbing & Heating; Andy Downs Plumbing


Real Estate Office

Coldwell Banker Innovations

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 130, Hagerstown • 301.745.1500 • www.yourcoldwellbanker.com
Coldwell Banker Innovations touts being the #1 independently-owned Coldwell Banker Franchise in Maryland and can now add being #1 on the HotList to their catalog of accolades. Specializing in the ability to introduce clients to properties ranging from historic stone residences to modern custom homes in this and other lovely communities in the Quad-State Area, Coldwell strives to find the home you’re looking for.

2nd Place: Re/Max Achievers
3rd Place: Mackintosh Realtors


Reception Event Site

Fountain Head Country Club

13316 Fountain Head Rd., Hagerstown • 301.739.6933 • www.fhcc1924.com
With indoor accommodations for up to 300 guests and beautiful surroundings, the ballroom at Fountain Head Country Club is the perfect setting for your next event. With the ability to custom design menus, a variety of linens, and even an option for a stage and projection screen, their skilled professional team has everything it takes to keep events running smoothly and make your next event a memorable one for everybody.

2nd Place: The Ballroom at Schindel Rohrer
3rd Place: The Maryland Theatre


Retirement Community

Homewood at Williamsport

16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport • 301.582.1750 • www.homewood.com
Facilitating a worry-free lifestyle with modern amenities and spacious homes, Homewood’s long-standing tradition of quality care has earned them the #1 spot on the HotList once again. Their professional staff and 28 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds provide residents with a full array of services and peace-of-mind.

2nd Place: Williamsport Retirement Village
3rd Place: Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village


Tanning Salon

What A Tan

108 Railway Lane, Hagerstown • 301.791.1888
Making it a little easier to hang onto that summer glow longer than Mother Nature intended, What A Tan also specializes in leg and facial beds, red light therapy beds to help diminish fine lines, and spray tans. The clean, friendly atmosphere helps all their customers leave feeling secure in their own skin.

2nd Place: Hollywood Tans
3rd Place: Tanique


Travel Agency

Richards World Travel

1201 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown • 301.791.1010 • richardsworldtravel.com
Don’t sweat the small stuff, Richards World Travel will do it for you. For more than 30 years, they have been providing their customers with worry-free vacations, tours, cruises, and getaways. Remove the anxiety from your vacation and focus on what’s important: catching up on much-needed rest and relaxation.

2nd Place: Travel Leaders
3rd Place: AAA Mid-Atlantic

 

Professionals

Attorney

D. Bruce Poole, Poole & Kane

29 West Franklin St., Hagerstown • 301.790.3600 • www.poole-kane.com
For more than a quarter of a century, Washington County native D. Bruce Poole has been serving the community he lives in, providing large-scale real estate development facilitation, domestic and civil trial work, and injury litigation. And as the word “practice” suggests, he is always striving to make his knowledge pool a little deeper through seminars and upgrading his legal skills.

2nd Place: John Salvatore
3rd Place: James Russell Robinson, III of Robinson & Robinson


Bank Teller

Jaynese Murfin, The Columbia Bank

1640 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.791.8526 • www.thecolumbiabank.com
For 22 years, Hagerstown native Jaynese has been working the teller booth on the Dual Highway and has had the privilege to get to know her customers one by one. “I want to know my customers, and once you get to know them, they come back. They get to know me as well, and we have something to talk about when they come in,” she says.

Wendy Shifflett, PNC Bank

17708 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown • 301.790.2741 • www.pnc.com
Wendy Shifflett has been working in the banking game for 17 years, and has had the opportunity to get to know many of her customers and watch their families grow. “I’ve passed out lollipops to customers when they were little kids and watched them grow up, opening their own bank accounts,” she says. Helping customers achieve their financial goals is the real reward for Wendy though, and no small reason why she earned her place on the top of the HotList.

2nd Place: Anna Fahrney, The Columbia Bank
3rd Place: Elizabeth Bright, The Columbia Bank


Coach

Clayton Anders, Boonsboro High School

10 Campus Ave., Boonsboro • 301.766.8022 • wcpsmd.com
After more than three decades of patrolling the sidelines and coaching the Boonsboro Warriors footballs team, Clayton has amassed an impressive 182-134 record as coach while helping develop a team identity, an identity that earned him the #1 spot in the hearts of HotList voters.

2nd Place: Marc David, South Hagerstown High School
3rd Place: (tie) Blakeley Jackson, St. James School; Mike Spinnler, Cumberland Valley Athletic Club


Accountant

Randy A. Rachor, CPA, CFP of Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell

1110 Professional Court, Suite 300, Hagerstown • 301.739.5300 ext. 1122 • www.albrightcpa.com
Certified Financial Planner Randy Rachor’s tax and consulting experience includes corporate and individual tax planning and preparation — including multi-state and consolidated tax returns — and working with nonprofit organizations. His diversified experience in several industries, including construction, real estate, insurance, auto sales, and various service entities earned him the #1 spot on this year’s HotList.

2nd Place: Scott N. Draper, CPA
3rd Place: Jefry Bohn, CPA, Smith Elliot Kearns & Company


Dentist

Dr. Bruce Burley, D.D.S., Hagerstown Smiles

1115 Mt. Aetna Rd., Hagerstown • 301.739.7003 • www.hagerstownsmiles.com
HotList habitué, Dr. Bruce Burley resides once again at the top of the HotList, which he credits to his friendly and knowledgeable staff. Between that and the current technology and relaxed atmosphere, root canals have never been less intimidating.

2nd Place: Dr. Richard Porac D.D.S., Porac & Bachtell
3rd Place: Dr. Paul F. McAllister, D.D.S., Smile Design Centre


Family Doctor

Dr. Allen W. Ditto, M.D., Potomac Family Medicine PA

13424 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 101, Hagerstown • 301.791.7900
An Aristotelian sense of ethics has guided Dr. Allen Ditto during his tenure of providing personal service while being a family doctor his patients can rely upon. “I just try to treat everyone the way that I would want to be treated. I live by the golden rule,” says Dr. Ditto. His 34 years of service and now 10th time at the top of the HotList charts suggests that whatever it is that guides him, Washington County hopes he keep it up.

2nd Place: (tie) Dr. Pamela Bradford, M.D., TriState Physicians; Dr. Vincent A. Cantone, M.D., Meritus Medical Center
3rd Place: Dr. Brian K. Bonham, M.D., Smithsburg Family Medical Center


Insurance Agent

Emily Keller, Farmers Insurance - Emily Keller Agency

120 E. Oak Ridge Dr., Suite 400, Hagerstown • 240.329.4366 • www.farmersagent.com/ekeller
Emily Keller has quickly made a name for herself in the local insurance game, having secured her second consecutive HotList win in as many years. With experience and expertise in auto, home, life, and specialty insurances, she dedicates herself to making sure all of her clients are confident and knowledgeable about their insurance needs.

2nd Place (tie): Christian Wright, Wright-Gardener Insurance; Josh Hykes, A To Z Insurance Services
3rd Place: Tim Panther, State Farm Insurance


Personal Trainer

Chad Smith, Fitness Revolution

934 Sweeney Dr., Suite #7a, Hagerstown • 240.707.6151 • www.frhagerstown.com
Performance, safety, and progression — those are the tenets of Chad Smith’s fitness programs. “We take a whole body approach to training,” says Chad who has been in the business for over 20 years. Now operating out of his own gym, Chad relishes in the opportunity to build a community of people helping to push each other forward.

2nd Place: Corinna Nelson, Zeal Fitness
3rd Place: Dave Ruff, Ruff Fitness


Principal

Kyle Lingg, Smithsburg Middle School

68 N. Main St., Smithsburg • 301.766.8353 • www.wcpsmd.com
This Hagerstown native earned his undergraduate degree from Salisbury University, went on to get his master’s degree from Frostburg State University, and initially taught history before becoming assistant principal at Smithsburg Middle School. Having just begun his third year in the position, Kyle looks forward to continuing to build a safe place for all his students to learn in.

2nd Place: Kathy Stiles, Rockland Woods Elementary
3rd Place (tie): Jeremy Jakoby, South Hagerstown High School; Laura Barnes, Cascade Elementary


Radio Personality

Lou Scally, WJEJ

1135 Haven Rd., Hagerstown • 301.739.2323 • www.wjejradio.com
The Voice of the Valley! The inimitable Lou Scally hosts the daily morning show from 5 a.m.–noon every day of the week, featuring your recommended daily allowance of humor and an eclectic mix of music. And the 30-minute long WJEJ Phone Party (11:06–11:36 a.m.) is a great time to check in for recipes, check their lost and found, and you can even hear some helpful household hints.

2nd Place: Jamie Lawrence, WSHC
3rd Place: Jeff Whipp, WQCM


Real Estate Agent

Julie Fritsch, Mackintosh Realtors

1830 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.790.1700 • www.machomes.com
Covering areas in Maryland and Pennsylvania, Hagerstown native Julie Fritsch follows in the long tradition of Mackintosh realtors displaying integrity, dedication, and reliability while integrating new and innovative ways to assist clients. This long-time dance instructor is more than happy to “tap” into all the available sources for her customers until they are able to waltz through the doors of their new home.

2nd Place: Jeanine McVicker, Re/Max Achievers
3rd Place: Tabitha Witmer, Coldwell Banker


Teacher

Carol Porac, Williamsport Elementary School

1 S. Clifton Dr., Williamsport • 301.766.8415
As a teacher of children with special needs for more than 40 years, Carol Porac works to make a difference not just in the lives of the students she teaches, but also in the community as a whole. With every success her students have, Carol shares a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, while striving to help her students achieve all of their goals and dreams.

2nd Place: Megan Marshall, South Hagerstown High School
3rd Place: Marjorie Kellman, Washington County Technical High School


Local TV Personality

Lou Scally, WHAG-TV

13 E. Washington St., Hagerstown • 301.797.4400
He’s an institution in Washington County, and longevity aside, his ability to become part of the homes and families who watch his unique weather forecast make Lou Scally an enduring HotList favorite with many more to come.

2nd Place: Michelle Horst, HMTV6
3rd Place: Michael G. Day, WHAG-TV


Veterinarian

Dr. Daniel Franklin, D.V.M., Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital

1125 Professional Ct., Hagerstown • 301.797.1800 • www.midatlanticvets.com
Your pet is part of the family, and when family gets sick, you want to take them to someone who treats them as they would their own. Dr. Daniel Franklin takes this responsibility seriously and feels privileged to treat your furry and feathered friends while also educating pet owners about proper healthy care.

2nd Place: Dr. Grace Sollenberger, D.V.M., Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital
3rd Place: Dr. Tracy Barlup, D.V.M., Longmeadow Animal Hospital

 

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