HotList 2016

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You voted, now feast your taste buds on the hottest winners that make Hagerstown and the surrounding area so dang spicy!

Food, Drink & Dining | Entertainment | Retail | Business | Professionals

• Food, Drink & Dining •

Overall Restaurant

Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 •
It’s the unassuming ones you have to watch out for. Hidden behind the slightly tinted windows and unassuming exterior in the South End Shopping Center, the big flavors, great service, and unmistakably California-cool atmosphere at Rik’s have floored its fair share of not-yet-in-the-know patrons. The eclectic menu ranging from simple-yet-delicious sandwiches to unique seafood dishes and sous vide pork medallions packs flavor in every bite. This, paired with the always welcoming and friendly staff, earned Rik’s the top spot on this year’s HotList.

2nd Place: Nick’s Airport Inn
3rd Place: Schula’s

Happy Hour

The Broad Axe

28 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown • 301.733.8454 •
Those looking to celebrate, or for just a little nip to take the edge off, can find it in spades at The Broad Axe. Seven days a week customers are welcome to enjoy various drink discounts from 4–7 p.m. With everything you’d hope for from a local bar, The Axe meets and expands upon with a revolving door of quality tap takeovers and featured cocktails.

2nd Place: Schula’s Grill & Crab House
3rd Place: Primanti Bros.

Beer Selection

Dan’s Tap House

3 N. Main St., Boonsboro • 301.432.5224 •
Pilsners, and lagers, and ales, oh my. Ciders, and stouts, and sours, oh my! Following the beer lover’s yellow brick road in Washington County will surely lead you to Dan’s Tap House where the curtain reveals a fantastically curated selection of 24 American craft beers of the local and distant variety. Be sure to check their website for special “flight nights” if choosing just one isn’t your strong suit.

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


Dirty Local, Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 •
Don’t call it a martini, the dirty local is healthy mix of Maryland-born Sloop Betty vodka, blue cheese-stuffed olives, and a special proprietary olive juice (we’ve been sworn to secrecy) that’s chilled and served up in a cocktail glass. If there’s a better way to wrap up a long work week, we haven’t found it yet!

2nd Place: Snickertini, AVA Lounge
3rd Place: Drunk Duck, Primanti Bros.

Coffee House

Rooster Moon Coffeehouse

1551 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown • 301.790.5040 •
Whether you’re looking for a cool, cold-brewed iced coffee in the summer, a steamy cappuccino in the winter, or anything in between, Rooster Moon has you covered with a wide selection of caffeinated and decaffeinated beverages and plenty of healthy food options or treats to get your sugar fix. With a drive-thru for those in a rush, and an Internet-connected patio for those looking to lounge, Rooster Moon truly has something for everyone.

2nd Place: Desert Rose Café
3rd Place: The Gourmet Goat

Wine Selection

Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 •
A carefully curated selection of wines including rare vintages and generous by-the-glass house options helped earn Nick’s the top spot as readers’ favorite place to indulge in a glass or two of vino. And with varietals and blends from top producers around the world pairing glass to dish couldn’t be easier. Nick’s also features the occasional wine tasting for oenophiles looking to explore new grapes.

2nd Place: LJ’s
3rd Place: Maloo’s


Hagerstown Family Diner

431 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 240.707.6330
A mere two years old, and already earning their second trip to HM’s HotList in the favorite breakfast category, Hagerstown Family Diner has quickly made a name for itself with fast, friendly service, large portions, and daily specials like their dine-in $1.99 special of two eggs, home fries and toast. Open 24 hours a day, the diner is a breakfast lover’s dream, offering their typical morning meals all day long.

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


28 South

28 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 240.347.4932 •
Fresh off its win at the 2016 Best Burger Hagerstown competition this past May, 28 South is riding that momentum into the HotList with its first ever top spot in the burger category. With topping options like smoked bacon, gouda, sautéed mushrooms, or crowned with a crab cake, 28 South’s burgers can be as fancy or basic as you like ‘em. And you’ll have no trouble picking one out of a lineup care of their patented “28” sear on the bun.

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

Casual Restaurant

Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 •
Once you get past the unassuming façade of Rik’s Café and through the doors of this “oasis on the south side of town,” as owner Rick Chalker likes to call it, the soft light, cozy sofas, and unique artwork offer a welcoming ambiance Hagerstonians have come to relish. Whether quickly passing through for a power lunch, or looking to relax after a rough week of work, Rik’s California-style pub welcomes those in shorts and T-shirts and those in suit and tie equally.

2nd Place: Café Del Sol
3rd Place: Hempen Hill


Leiters’ Fine Catering

416 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport • 301.223.7070 •
This family-owned and operated full-service event planning and catering company has been offering their skills to corporate gatherings, weddings, and anywhere else that needs to heed the call for delicious food for decades. With fully customizable menus to fit all their clients’ needs and dietary restrictions, Leiters’ trademark desire to deliver the best service in the area keeps them on top in the catering category.

2nd Place: Hempen Hill
3rd Place: Bagel-Lisious


Arik Mills of Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 •
With 15 years of cooking experience under his patrons’ belts, Arik has brought his take on worldwide flavors and spun them into something all his own. One of those dishes of special note is Arik’s Blue Sky Mussels, which were developed after scores of attempts of trial and error. The end result of a full pound of mussels paired with a bacon blue cheese sauce has become a staple of Rik’s menu.

2nd Place: E. Jay Zuspan III of 28 South
3rd Place: Geoff Humphreys of Maloo’s

Crab Cake

Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 •
For more than 55 years, Nick’s Airport Inn has had a laser-like focus on preparing and presenting quality dishes to their customers, and their crab cake is certainly no exception. Made from jumbo lump crabmeat paired with a house-made tartar, they have rightly earned their famous reputation.

2nd Place: Schula’s
3rd Place: Barefoot Bernie’s

Ethnic Cuisine

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

102 Railway Lane, Hagerstown • 301.393.8680 •
There are people who love sushi, and then there are people who are wrong. The myriad options of different meticulously crafted and presented rolls offer a flavor for every palate. But even if you are one who refrains from sushi, the tempura, salads, soups, and noodle dishes are sure to quell the hunger of even the most voracious appetite.

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

Family-Friendly Restaurant

Rik’s Café

1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown • 301.302.7541 •
Rik’s Café has proven to be the kind of place you can meet for a date, for a lunch meeting, or to bring the whole family to. Their special “young people” menu features items for various levels of palate sophistication, from mussels to meatball sliders to the classic chicken strips, and all are served with the fresh fruit of the day and a choice of house-made chips or hand-cut fries. 

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

Ice Cream

Nutter’s Ice Cream

100 E. Main St., Sharpsburg • 301.432.5809 •
Before or after a trip to Antietam National Battlefield, or just because something cold is calling, Nutter’s Ice Cream in Sharpsburg features 32 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream as well as velvety soft serve that make it one of the coolest spots on this year’s HotList. And there’s no need to wait for summer as Nutter’s stays open year-round to indulge their customers whenever they get the urge.

2nd Place: Maugansville Creamery
3rd Place: Misty Meadows

Italian Cuisine

Carmine’s Creative Italian Cuisine

17102 Virginia Ave., Williamsport • 301.582.2200 •
Fresh ingredients? Check. Authentic Italian flavors? Double check. And in addition to menu mainstays like chicken parmesan and their delicious pasta dishes, Carmine’s also features a weekly transforming list of lunch specials that gives diners plenty of reasons to come back and see what’s new. 

2nd Place: Dolce
3rd Place: Café Italia

Lunch To-Go Spot

Alekos 2 Go

511 Northern Ave., Hagerstown • 240.313.4976 •
Open Monday through Friday to serve their bustling business crowd, Alekos features traditional Greek options like gyros and kabobs, as well as classic salads, sandwiches, hearty platters, and breakfast served all day. And even though everything is made to order, you won’t be waiting long for lunch to be served with a smile. 

2nd Place: Turtles Subs
3rd Place: The Plum

New Restaurant

Family Meal

17276 Valley Mall Rd., Hagerstown • 240.513.6392 •
Restaurants have come and gone on the footprint now helmed by Bryan Voltaggio’s Family Meal located near the Valley Mall, but this swanky new bistro is quickly becoming a mainstay in Hagerstown. With an abundant selection of dishes just like momma used to make (meatloaf or fried chicken anyone?), the menu also features some creative takes on traditional dishes, and breakfast for dinner is encouraged.

2nd Place: Primanti Bros.
3rd Place: Pretzel and Pizza Creations

Outdoor Seating

Bulls & Bears

38 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 301.791.0370 •
The heart of downtown is ripe for people watching, and Bulls & Bears offers up the perfect spot to sit in the shade, enjoy a cold drink and something to nosh on, and see who’s out and about. With eight rotating taps of craft beer, an extensive wine list — and there’s even a craft root beer for the not-quite-21 crowd — there are plenty of reasons to enjoy a little fresh air in the heart of downtown.

2nd Place: Stadium Tavern
3rd Place: Schmankerl Stube

Outstanding Service

Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 •
When Nick’s first began as a single-room luncheonette with a single waitress, quality service was of the utmost importance. Over the years as Nick’s has grown to ten dining rooms, and a new option for dining al fresco, the importance of quality service at Nick’s has never waivered. Whether serving a single patron at the bar or hosting a party of 80, everyone welcomed into Nick’s is treated like family.

2nd Place: Rik’s Café
3rd Place: Schula’s


Rocky’s New York Pizza

907 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown • 301.791.6810
We’re not going to weigh in on the New York versus Chicago pizza debate, but those who enjoy a good slice of New York’s finest already know there’s no need to make a four-hour trip northeast to find what they’re looking for. Rocky’s on South Potomac Street serves up piping hot pies with all the toppings you could hope for.

2nd Place: Ledo’s
3rd Place: Café Italia

Romantic Dinner Spot

Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 •
Anniversary? Prom date? Just looking for a quiet place to enjoy a good meal with the person you love? Nick’s has been serving dishes to amorous couples for more than 55 years. May we suggest the oysters Rockefeller to get things started? You know what they say about oysters… 

2nd Place: LJ’s
3rd Place: Rik’s Café


Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 •
Those in the market for a sizzling 14-ounce certified Angus strip steak, filet mignon, or a slow-roasted prime rib can all appease their inner carnivore at Nick’s Airport Inn. All come with a salad and a choice of sides (a balanced diet is important), but the star of the dish will always be the perfectly prepared cut of your choice cooked to your specifications.

2nd Place: Schula’s
3rd Place: LJ’s


Famous Freddies

Three Hagerstown locations:
• 18206 W. Oak Ridge Dr. • 301.733.2128
• 1760 Dual Highway • 301.302.7061
• 520 Park Lane • 301.733.3838

Hot and cold subs, wraps, burgers, hot dogs, salads, and wings round out the menu at Freddies, which promises to always offer the highest quality ingredients available. Their beef comes from Horst Meats right here in Washington County, and this small family-run business promises to always load up your sandwich with the tastiest cuts of meat and freshest veggies they can get their hands on.

2nd Place: Hartle’s Subs
3rd Place: Jersey Mike’s Subs

Vegetarian Options

Hempen Hill BBQ

13208 Fountainhead Plaza, Hagerstown • 301.797.4455 •
Whether you have a dietary restriction or just love a tasty meal sans meat on occasion, Hempen Hill brings the flavor to all of their meatless options. Beer batter fried mushrooms or spicy house-made hummus is a great place to start, and their entrées go above and beyond their black bean burger. Smoked tofu and fresh veggies over a bed rice noodles, barbecue quesadillas, or Buffalo chicken-less salad are all good choices, and they even offer up a vegetarian take on their smoked wings.

2nd Place: Mango Grill
3rd Place: Rik’s Café

Washington County Tradition

Nick’s Airport Inn

14548 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.733.8560 •
When Nick and Tina Giannaris opened the doors to Nick’s in 1961, they could only imagine the countless memories that would be created at their restaurant over the next five decades. Now helmed by the second generation, Nick’s continues to be a traditional mainstay of Hagerstown dining. 

2nd Place: Krumpe’s Do-Nuts
3rd Place: Corner Pub


Stadium Grill and Tavern

401 S. Cannon St., Hagerstown • 301.714.0849 •
Bone-in or boneless, Stadium Grill and Tavern’s jumbo chicken wings serve up big flavor to match their customers’ desires. With eight sauces to choose from, ranging from sweet to hotter-than-you-probably-want-to-try, with specialties like garlic and herb, and Old Bay to boot, if wings are what you’re craving, than the Stadium Grill is your spot.

2nd Place: The Yellow House
3rd Place: Hempen Hill BBQ


• Entertainment •

Attractions for Kids

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

12114 Insurance Way, Hagerstown • 301.420.5867 •
Children young and old can bounce the day away at Sky Zone. This wall-to-wall trampoline playground offers daily “open jump” times to vault your way to inner peace or into the giant foam pit, and also combines the art of the jump with ultimate dodgeball for pick-up games when courts are available. Visitors can also channel their inner Blake Griffin on the sky slam courts, and there are even designated toddler times for those new to walking.

2nd Place: Monkey Joe’s
3rd Place: Discovery Station

Family Fun Spot

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

12114 Insurance Way, Hagerstown • 301.420.5867 •
Get the whole family together, slip on your sky socks, and spring about to your heart’s content at Sky Zone, where everyone who can walk is welcome to jump. Walk-ins are welcome, but it doesn’t hurt to book your spot in advance if you know when you plan on flying high.

2nd Place: Family Recreation Park
3rd Place: City Park

Festival/Special Event

Western Maryland Blues Fest

301.739.8577 •
For 20 years, the first weekend following Memorial Day signals one thing for Hagerstonians and blues fans far and near: It’s time to get down and groove to the blues. This four-day festival, which starts at University Plaza on Thursdays, moves to the City Center Lot on Friday and Saturday, and then transitions to City Park to round out the weekend, is sure to bring anyone looking for a good time to Hagerstown.

2nd Place: Leitersburg Peach Festival
3rd Place: Augustoberfest

Golf Course

Fountainhead Country Club

13316 Fountain Head Road, Hagerstown • 301.739.6933 •
With the myriad golf courses in and around Washington County, choosing where to tee off can be an arduous decision, but once again the only Donald J. Ross-designed course left in Maryland has earned the top spot as readers’ favorite place to hit ‘em long and work on the short game. This beautiful tree-lined 18-hole course features four sets of tees, and even offers instructions to Fountain Head members and their guests.

2nd Place: Black Rock
3rd Place: Beaver Creek

Local Band

Staff Infection
You may know them by day as professor, teacher, or principal, but by night this seven-piece collective of educators churns out rockin’ covers of top-of-the-pops tracks dating back to the 1950s all the way to top 40 hits of today. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to see where this fun-lovin’ group is set to take over the stage next.

2nd Place: Antietam Generals
3rd Place: Amish Outlaws


Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

401 Museum Dr., Hagerstown • 301.739.5727 •
Situated right on the grounds of City Park, the WCMFA boasts an impressive array of drawings, prints, sculptures, and other works of art in their permanent collection totaling more than 7,000 pieces. The museum also features rotating exhibitions, giving plenty of reason to come back soon and see what this Washington County gem has to show off.

2nd Place: Discovery Station
3rd Place: Washington County Rural Heritage Museum


Cancun Cantina West

901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.797.4422 •
A perennial favorite for locals who want to blow off some steam, check out some live music, and dance the night away, Cancun Cantina features the biggest dance floors in the area, seven bars, state-of-the-art lighting, and is the perfect place to dance the night away. They also feature game night on Thursdays, and there’s even a complimentary shuttle service offered to and from the parking lot to ensure the safety of its patrons. 

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

Place to Work Out

Ruff Fitness Training Studio

13102 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.991.1102 •
Wanna get swole? The talented staff and trainers at Ruff Fitness are prepared to help all of their guests safely and properly push their bodies to the limit and achieve that elusive beach bod. They work with clients of all ages and abilities, so whether you’re a seasoned triathlete, or just looking for a reason to get off the couch, Ruff Fitness’ ever-changing routines are designed to be fun and keep you motivated.

2nd Place: Planet Fitness
3rd Place: Gold’s Gym


• Retail •

Antique Store

Beaver Creek Antique Market

20202 National Pike, Hagerstown • 301.739.8075
Combine more than 150 quality dealers, a down-home atmosphere, country market prices, and thousands of treasures from Americana to modern and you’ll find yourself at Beaver Creek, a seasoned HotList winner. Boasted as one of the finest antique markets on the East Coast for more than 30 years, Beaver Creek houses furniture, home décor, collectibles, and more, sure to thrill the antique-hunter in anyone. 

2nd Place: James and Jess’ House of Goods
3rd Place: Mansion Chic

Appliance Store

Spichers Appliance, Electronics, & Security

13427 Pennsylvania Blvd., Hagerstown • 301.739.2794 •
With a knowledgeable staff and a large selection of top-quality brands without the huge price tag, Spichers family-owned store has been helping Hagerstonians with their household needs since 1955. Their long-time presence and dependable reputation have landed them at the top of the HotList again this year.

2nd Place: Lowe’s (Wesel Blvd.)
3rd Place: Sears (Valley Mall)


Turn the Page Bookstore

18 N. Main St., Boonsboro • 301.432.4588 •
Turn the Page Bookstore offers an enjoyable experience for any book lover with its broad selection of page-turners and unique gifts in a pre-Civil War era townhouse. Home to the complete line of Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb titles, the eclectic store also has an extensive selection of Civil War history books, a children’s room filled with toys and books, and several book signings throughout the year where fans can catch Nora Roberts and other local authors.

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


Roostervane Gardens

2 S. High St., Funkstown • 301.739.2439
This perennial HotList winner stands tall above the rest when it comes to friendly and expert florists crafting beautiful bouquets and arrangements for any occasion. Step into the charming brick house and surround yourself with plants and herbs, garden supplies, and eye-catching display items all under the watchful eye of the store’s pet cat, Flannel.

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

Formalwear Shop

Ingram’s Mens Shop

18047 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown • 301.739.3494 •
For the past 80 years Ingram’s Mens Shop has been helping men in the tri-state area look their dandiest for any formal occasion. The family-owned shop offers a huge selection of quality name brands at competitive prices. Plus, with the exceptional and professional customer service, guys can rest easy knowing that they’ll always find the right fit and look.

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

Jewelry Store

R. Bruce Carson Jewelers

12814 Shannk Farm Way, Hagerstown • 301.739.0830 •
A trusted jeweler in Hagerstown for more than 100 years, R. Bruce Carson Jewelers provides only the finest jewelry, timepieces, and giftware from designers such as Pandora, Mikimoto, Rolex, and Waterford. Whether you’re looking for the perfect wedding bands or need a repair or appraisal on a treasured keepsake, their expert jewelers will assist you with the utmost care.

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

Liquor Store

Longmeadow Wine & Liquors

1515 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown • 301.766.4636 •
Varietal, region, year, type, or price point — whatever your palate prefers, Longmeadow Wine & Liquors carries an expansive selection of libations sure to be on your list. Not sure where to start? Attend a wine tasting or quiz the knowledgeable staff, then raise a glass to this two-time HotList winner.

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

New Retailer

Mansion Chic

1743 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.988.2233 •
After moving and expanding to a 9,000 sq. ft. showroom in May, Mansion Chic is one of Maryland’s largest furniture and home décor stores featuring upscale vintage and repurposed one-of-a-kind items. It’s any home decorator’s dream, where you’ll find unique pieces like old wood dining tables, distressed armoires and china cabinets, metal bar stools, fine lighting, and decorative pieces galore to add that finishing touch to any room in the house.

2nd Place: Canal View Candles & Barrel Co.
3rd Place: Eclipse Spa & Salon

Second-Hand Shop

Act II

13625 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.739.0552
With good quality clothes and shoes at low prices, Act II is the go-to consignment shop for Hagerstonians. Their thorough selection process guarantees that the huge assortment of women’s clothing, as well as men’s and children’s, is only gently used and ready to be worn again. The bustling shop is organized by size, making it easy to update your wardrobe without the hefty price tag.

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

Women’s Boutique

Zelda’s Boutique

1 N. Conococheague St., Williamsport • 301.992.3989 •
Topping the HotList for its classically chic and casually elegant women’s clothing, from lines such as Clara SunWoo and Picadilly, and accessories like footwear, jewelry, and handbags, Zelda’s Boutique is the perfect place to spoil yourself or find a gift for a friend without breaking the bank. The warm and welcoming atmosphere and personalized service will ensure that you always put your best (fashion) foot forward.

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


• Business •

Auto Dealer

Hagerstown Honda/Kia

10307 Auto Place, Hagerstown • 877.438.0910 •
With a loyal customer base, and equally loyal sales associates — some of whom have been with Hagerstown Honda since the beginning in 1991 — it’s no wonder this dealership is one of the top Honda dealers nationwide. With a 15-acre complex featuring new and used vehicles as far as the eye can see, the staff here does their best to find the best car or truck for you.

2nd Place: Hamilton Nissan
3rd Place: Younger Toyota

Auto Repair Shop

Wholesale Tire Outlet

13102 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 240.513.4501
With a guarantee for the lowest installed tire price on every tire they sell, Wholesale Tire Outlet also specializes in brake jobs, oil changes, factory scheduled maintenance services, as well as exhaust, suspension, and other regular vehicle upkeep tune-ups. Along with their low price guarantee, they also install every new tire for free, and offer free rotations for the life of the tire when you purchase four. No car is made to last forever, but the team at Wholesale will do their best to get the most out of your vehicle.

2nd Place: Hamilton Nissan
3rd Place: Keplinger’s Automotive Center


Orrstown Bank

1020 Professional Ct., Hagerstown • 301.714.1650 •
Headquartered in Shippensburg, Pa., Orrstown Bank takes great pride in offering all the perks and services you would get from the big banks, while maintaining the personal touch of a local business. With 22 locations in the tri-state region, Orrstown has all your financial needs covered. 

2nd Place: The Columbia Bank
3rd Place: PNC Bank


Pete’s Barber Shop

29 N. Main St., Boonsboro • 301.432.6834
Finding a good barber is like finding a good friend — someone you can relax with, be comfortable around, and just shoot the breeze with. In other words, a friend who happens to be handy with a pair of scissors and the clippers, and that’s just what everyone who mans a chair at Pete’s brings to the table. Whether you’re looking for a fresh fade, a traditional high and tight, or trying to re-create something new you saw in a fashion magazine, the talented stylists at Pete’s will have you looking your best before you leave.

2nd Place: Williamsport Barber Shop
3rd Place: South End Barber Shop

Bed & Breakfast

Inn Boonsboro

1 N. Main St., Boonsboro • 301.432.1188 •
Set in the oldest stone building in town, Inn Boonsboro combines the small town charm of a bed and breakfast with the amenities of a boutique hotel. With porches overlooking downtown, this eight-room 1790s-era structure boasts complimentary wine and soft drinks paired with fruit and cheese for their guests, in addition to the complimentary breakfast in the morning.

2nd Place: Jacob Rohrbach Inn
3rd Place: Elmwood Farm

Cleaning Service

Clever Carpet Cleaners & Maid Service

301.416.3990 •
Having served the tri-state region for more than 25 years, Clever Carpet Cleaners & Maid Service is a family-owned and operated business that guarantees its work. They offer both residential and commercial services including dry foam extractions; upholstery cleaning; free pickup and delivery of all Oriental rugs as well as other fine rugs; dry cleaning of furniture or draperies (in-home); and maid service.

2nd Place: Pristine Properties Residential & Commercial Cleaning Services
3rd Place: Merry Maids

Computer Service & Support

Innovative, Inc.

222 E. Oak Ridge Dr., Suite 1500, Hagerstown • 301.739.7414 •
In nearly every profession, some level of computer savvy is necessary. If your technology is slowing down your productivity, Innovative has your back. Whether it’s simple computer repair or maintenance, or integrating centralized and secure data backup to commercial operations, their commitment to exceed customers’ expectations has always been forefront for the Innovative brand.

2nd Place: My Tech Computer Repair
3rd Place: PGH Networks

Day Spa

Sagittarius Salon & Spa

1136 Conrad Ct., Hagerstown • 301.797.8008 •
Relax, refresh, and repeat as necessary. The top-of-the-line products and services keeps Sagittarius in the top spot on this year’s HotList. Men and women of all ages can enjoy a tranquil journey through detoxifying treatments, relaxing massages, and refreshing facials. Slip on one of their plush robes, sip an herbal tea, and treat yourself to a mini vacation. 

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

Design & Marketing Agency

High Rock Studios

11 Public Square, Suite 300, Hagerstown • 301.791.1221 •
Pairing the creative and technical elements necessary to flourish in today’s media landscape can be a daunting request for any organization, but for High Rock, that’s the name of their game. Their team of creative and strategic-thinking experts focuses on the work necessary to reach your brand’s goals while not losing sight of the big picture.

2nd Place: Worx Graphic Design
3rd Place: Power Marketing

Electrical Service

Ellsworth Electric

88 W. Lee St., Hagerstown • 301.739.8800 •
Serving customers near, and as far away as Delaware, Ellsworth Electric has been providing quality service on every job, to every customer, for nearly 90 years. A comprehensive service portfolio consisting of electrical contractor and insulation services for residential, industrial, and commercial customers includes planning and design, technical drawings, materials acquisition, and construction of low, medium, and high-voltage electrical systems.

2nd Place: Funk Electrical Services
3rd Place: MEC, Inc.

Garden Supply & Landscaping

The Groundskeeper, Inc.

1837 Winston Dr., Hagerstown • 301.331.3166
Offering certified, professional lawn care, tree and shrub care, as well as standard landscaping service like vegetation control, The Groundskeeper knows what it takes to get your yard looking its best, and keeping it that way. Keeping up with the Joneses can be exhausting, but with a little help, your neighbor’s lawn will be green with envy — but not as green as yours.

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

Hair Salon

Bella Salon & Spa

1691 Langley Dr., Hagerstown • 301.665.1060 •
This full-service salon combines the technical knowledge and creativity necessary to achieve just the look you’re aiming for. Look good, feel good, and at Bella, achieving that confident and positive self-image is the goal for each and every client who walks in the door. No matter if you’re looking to revamp your entire look, or just a routine maintenance cut, you’re sure to leave looking and feeling at the top of your game.

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

Heating & Air Conditioning

Hagerstown Heating & Cooling

1280 Wesel Blvd., Hagerstown • 240.469.4866 •
Specializing in the heating, cooling, and the energy efficiency needs of homeowners and small business, Hagerstown Heating and Cooling maintains a team of professionally certified HVAC and building performance experts to bring you the best comfort solutions. And their 24-hour emergency service is always ready to help with any untimely issues.

2nd Place: Delta Force Heating & Air
3rd Place: Cumberland Valley Heating & Air Conditioning

Homebuilding Company

I Can Build It Home Improvements & Remodeling

11014 Lincoln Ave., Hagerstown • 240.312.3952 •
When founding their business, the owners chose the name “I Can Build It” to justify never telling a customer NO. With scores of projects in both residential and commercial construction — from a simple door repair to working on top of wind turbines — they promise to have the broad range of skills and knowledge needed to tackle any size project. Welcoming the challenges of custom work, the ICBI crew longs for the jobs others feel are impossible.

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


Hampton Inn

1716 Dual Highway, Hagerstown • 301.739.6100 •
Recently renovated in 2013, this 118-room hotel boasts the perfect location for out-of-town golfers, business travelers, or those just looking for the best of what Hagerstown has to offer. With free in-room WiFi, access to the outdoor saltwater pool and fitness center, and a complimentary hot breakfast, Hampton Inn offers everything a traveler could hope for with the added perk of more than 1,100 square feet of event space, earning it readers’ top pick for hotel in this year’s HotList.

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

Insurance Agency

Farmers Insurance

120 E. Oak Ridge Dr., Suite 400, Hagerstown • 240.329.4366 •
With a straightforward approach to personalized insurance coverage, the agents at Farmers Insurance want to not only protect, but also educate their customers on how to be protected against unforeseen bumps in the road, both big and small. Whether your needs are auto, home, life, or business insurance, Farmers works hard to protect everything you’ve worked so hard to earn.

2nd Place: Keller Stonebraker Insurance
3rd Place: State Farm Insurance

Law Firm

Salvatore & Boyer, LLC

82 W. Washington St. Suite 200, Hagerstown • 301.739.3600 •
The law firm of Salvatore and Boyer strives to meet your legal needs in every way. They are a full-service, general practice law firm that represents clients with a wide range of legal needs. Whether your needs are criminal defense, family law, or business and corporate law, their clients receive personalized attention, including keeping you informed and responding to your questions and concerns on a timely basis.

2nd Place: Antietam Law Group
3rd Place: Robinson & Robinson

Massage Therapy

Bodyworks Massage Center

1305 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 301.745.6490 •
This independently owned massage center and gift shop offers all of the services large chains bring to the table, with the personal touch of a local business. Relax in the serene setting of one of Bodyworks’ five private massage rooms, and guests have the opportunity to bring some of the mind, body, and spirit enhancements home via their gift and wellness shop. 

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


• Professionals •


John R. Salvatore, Salvatore & Boyer

82 W. Washington St. Suite 200, Hagerstown • 301.739.3600 •
With more than four decades of practice in law, John R. Salvatore has rightly earned his place among veteran attorneys. But it’s his expertise in criminal defense cases, status as president of the Washington County Bar Association, and former service as a police officer and a state’s attorney in Washington County that’s earned him a trusted place for voters on this year’s HotList.

2nd Place: Allison Fortman, Antietam Law Group
3rd Place: Russ Robinson, Robinson & Robinson

Bank Teller

Pamela Deck, Orrstown Bank

1020 Professional Ct., Hagerstown • 301.714.1650 •
Fourteen years ago Pamela Deck went from being a bartender and waitress to a bank teller.  Over those years she became well rounded in banking, from working as a customer service rep, especially for home equity loans, to a teller. Now, as head teller at Orrstown Bank where she’s been for six years, Pamela says the most rewarding thing about working in the small community bank with personalized service is helping customers. “I love my customers! I’m a people person.”

2nd Place: Elizabeth Bright, The Columbia Bank
3rd Place: Wendy Shifflett, PNC Bank


Cynthia Moore, Sulchek & Moore

1185 Mt. Aetna Rd., Suite 101, Hagerstown • 301.733.1200 •
Vice president and chief financial officer at Sulchek and Moore, Cynthia Moore specializes in taxation and accounting for estates and trusts. Adding to that, she heads the firm’s CPA Eldercare for elderly clients with special needs, and leads the training and consulting in accounting and management information systems for clientele. Round out her experience with graduating with honors from Shepherd College and you’ve got a top-notch accountant.

2nd Place: Lester Curry, Curry & Co.
3rd Place: Jodi Blair, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co.


Dr. Allan T. Bacon, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

1329 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 201, Hagerstown • 301.791.0333 •
Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Allan T. Bacon began his own dentistry practice more than 40 years ago to provide a small, family and community oriented practice to his native Hagerstown just like his father. Since then, Dr. Bacon and his staff have given general dental services to his patients with exceptional care, ranking him at the top of the HotList. “I love my work and I must especially thank my staff who are the heart and soul of my practice,” he says. “Together we provide quality dental care to our community.”

2nd Place: Dr. Bruce Burley, Hagerstown Smiles
3rd Place: Dr. Richard B. Prather III, Dental Design Studio

Family Doctor

Dr. Allen W. Ditto, Potomac Family Medicine

13424 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 101, Hagerstown • 301.791.7900
For the 11th year topping the HotList, Hagerstown native Dr. Allen Ditto must be doing something right. Perhaps it’s in his blood as a third-generation doctor in his family or in his guiding principle of the golden rule. What really speaks volumes, though, is the 34 years of reliable and personable service Dr. Ditto has given to each of his patients.

2nd Place: Dr. Jeffrey Hurwitz, Dr. Jeffrey Hurwitz, LLC
3rd Place: Dr. Cantone, Meritus Medical Center

Insurance Agent

Emily Keller, Farmers Insurance

120 E Oak Ridge Dr., Suite 400, Hagerstown • 240.329.4366 •
For Emily Keller, insurance is her business, but helping people is her passion. This Hagerstown native was the first Farmers agent to set up shop in Hagerstown two years ago and since then has been dedicated to helping her customers navigate and find the best coverage from auto to home, life, and business insurance, earning her #1 on the HotList yet again.

2nd Place: Katie Clutz, Keller Stonebraker
3rd Place: Larry Michaels, State Farm

Personal Trainer

Chad Smith, Fitness Revolution

934 Sweeney Dr., Suite 7A, Hagerstown • 240.707.6151 •
Inspired to help others realize their health goals after his own turn-around in 8th grade, Chad Smith has been committed for more than 20 years to revolutionizing people’s lives through personalized, quality fitness training. Coaching with the principles of performance, safety, and progression, Chad has gained the good rep to land him on the HotList for the second time.

2nd Place: Becky McJonathan, Ruff Fitness
3rd Place: Dave Ruff, Ruff Fitness

Real Estate Agent

Derek Heckman, Re/Max Achievers

222 E. Oak Dr., Suite 2000, Hagerstown • 301.739.4800 •
Follow through, put clients first, and work hard to achieve your goals — these are the tenants that Derek Heckman has lived by as a real estate agent for the past 15 years. As a director of commercial real estate for Re/Max, Derek works with clients looking for land development, retail, industrial, and office real estate within a 90-mile radius of Hagerstown, his native city. Thankful for all his clients and landlords he’s represented over the years, Derek is committed to seeing each business he helps be successful.

2nd Place: Julie Fritsch, Mackintosh Realtors
3rd Place: Stacey Nikirik, Re/Max Achievers


Hillary Bohrer, Pangborn Elementary

195 Pangborn Ave., Hagerstown
Hillary Bohrer is a teacher with heart. Going into her fifth year of teaching special education, Hillary’s career so far has been at Pangborn Elementary where she began as an intervention teacher, then a special education content area teacher, and now is in a primary life skills classroom. Hillary takes to heart her role as teacher and strives to create a safe, caring, and encouraging environment for her students to be lifelong learners and achievers. Always identifying the learning styles that best suit her students’ needs, Hillary says, “I am a firm believer that all children can learn regardless of their disabilities.”

2nd Place: Brittany Buhrman, Hickory Elementary
3rd Place: Penny Abe, Lincolnshire Elementary


Dr. Jennifer Dolan, Cumberland Valley Veterinary Clinic

17747 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown • 301.739.3121 •
Horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, and cows are part of Dr. Jennifer Dolan’s family at home. No doubt an animal lover, Dr. Dolan has been taking care of others’ furry family members at Cumberland Valley Vet Clinic with compassion and skill for the past 20 years, making her the cat’s meow on this year’s HotList.

2nd Place: Dr. Franklin, Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital
3rd Place: Tara Cumley, Animal Health Clinic

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