CATEGORIES

FOOD & DRINK

Editors' Picks

Best Avocado Toast
Best Tuna Poke
Happy Hours From Around the World
Best Selection of Maryland Beers
Best Dessert for a Birthday Celebration
Best Place to Convert a Junk Food Addict
Most Surprising Place to Find Locally Sourced Food
Restaurant Dream Team
Best New Restaurant
Best Charcuterie
Best Thing on a Board That is Not Charcuterie
Best Place For a Warm Welcome
Best Dining at a Grocery Store

Readers' Picks

New Restaurant
Restaurant in Bethesda
Restaurant in Chevy Chase
Restaurant in Gaithersburg/N. Potomac
Restaurant in Garrett Park/Kensington
Restaurant in Potomac
Restaurant in Rockville/North Bethesda
Restaurant in Silver Spring
Restaurant in Upper Northwest D.C.
Burger
Chef/Restaurateur
Restaurant Décor
Restaurant Service
Sushi
Pizza (Local)
Indian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Brunch
Cocktails
Happy Hour
Outdoor Dining
Romantic Restaurant

HEALTH

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Hospital Emergency Room  
Primary Care Practice 
Dermatology Practice 
Orthodontia Practice 
Audiology Practice 
Child Therapist/Psychologist 
Senior Living Community 
In-Home Care 
Physical Therapist for Athletic Injuries

SHOPPING

Editors' Picks

Best Places to Hang Out Now That Barnes & Noble is Closing
Most Promising New Boutique​
Most Anticipated (and Ironic) Store Opening
Best Homegrown Menswear
Best Annual Sidewalk Sale

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New Store 
Boutique
Shopping Center 
Place to Buy Lingerie
Place to Buy a Cocktail Dress 
Jewelry Store 

HOME

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Architect for Custom Homes
Builder for Custom Homes
Remodeling Firm
Kitchen Design Firm
Handyman
Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture
New Luxury Apartments
New Luxury Condo
New Townhome Community
Neighborhood for Young Families 

KIDS & SCHOOLS

Editors' Picks

Rain Check
Best Parents Night Out

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Private School Grades K-8 
Private School Grades 9-12
Private School With Religious Affiliation 
Tutoring Firm
Driving School
Youth Sports Program
Kids Art or Music Classes
Kids Dance Program
Place for Kids Parties
Preschool/Day Care
Summer Day Camp
Sports Camp

ARTS & CULTURE​

Editors' Picks

Best Place to Catch a Rising Music Star
Best Local Festivals
Best Place to Experience Art
Where’s the Better Bowling? 

PETS

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Best Sleepovers for Your Pets

BEST OF THE REST

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Movie Theater
Live Music Venue
Place to go Dancing
Financial Adviser
Family Law Practitioner
Car Dealership (for Service)
Veterinary Practice
Event Photographer 
Wedding Cakes

FITNESS & BEAUTY

Editors' Picks

Best Group Fitness Instructor
Best Studio for High-Intensity Classes
Best Killer Hill
Best Workout Scene
Best Workout with a Live DJ
Best New Twist on an Old Favorite
Best Hard-Core Gym
Best Local Relay Race

Reader' Picks

Salon in Bethesda
Salon in Chevy Chase
Salon in Gaithersburg 
Salon in North Bethesda/Rockville 
Salon in Potomac
Salon in Silver Spring
Gym for People Under 40 
Gym for People Over 40 
Spinning Studio 
Barre Studio

YEAR IN REVIEW

Editors' Picks

Biggest Political Oops, Part I
Best Move by the State Legislature (For Montgomery County)
Would Anyone Not Running for County Council At-Large Please Stand Up?
Most Welcome Return
Ho Hum to the Chief
Longest Legal Battle
Marriott Is Coming to Town
Biggest Political Oops, Part II
Instagram Photo Op with the Most Potential

BEST PLACE TO EXPERIENCE ART

Editor's Picks


Kristina Penhoet teaches felting in her Artists & Makers studio

Want to try your hand at painting, glassmaking or even belly dancing? Artists & Makers Studios has offerings in everything from smartphone photography to doll-making and provides an outlet for all kinds of creative pursuits for beginners through professional artists.  

With two Rockville locations, Artists & Makers is home to nearly 130 resident artists who work in its studios and teach many of the classes. Glass, encaustic, digital, paper and fiber artists are among the residents, along with painters, sculptors and jewelers. Executive Director Judith HeartSong wanted the centers to provide a place for artists to work, develop their careers and build a creative community. The centers are also home to The Compass Atelier, a painting school founded by local artist Glenn Kessler that offers classes for students at every level.


Christine Cardellino’s paintings on exhibit at the Parklawn Drive location

The Parklawn Drive location has three galleries and provides studio space for up to 75 artists. In November 2016, Artists & Makers expanded to a second location on Wilkins Avenue, bringing it to a total of about 36,000 square feet of space for making and viewing art. Aside from adding 60 studios and two galleries, the Wilkins Avenue location also allows for messier, more industrial processes such as silk screening and furniture refinishing. 

Artists & Makers’ five galleries host shows for local and national artists. Exhibitions change monthly, and show openings, usually held on the first Friday of the month, include food, wine and often live music or poetry readings. 


Glenn Kessler instructs students at The Compass Atelier.

Artists & Makers Studios, 11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210, Rockville; Artists & Makers Studios 2, 12276 and 12280 Wilkins Ave., Rockville; artistsandmakersstudios.com