Brentwood Foreign Auto Service, as the name implies, specializes in foreign make cars. They do a very good job. The mechanics are attentive, and always greet their customers by name. The prices are a bit higher than I was used to paying, but they keep my car in good running condition, and don't try to rip me off with needless repairs, so I don't mind paying for that.
I have frequented a few gyms around the area, and found that the Merritt Athletic Clubs are much more expensive than the other clubs in town, and don't offer much more for the extra money. They do have newer equipment, but since I usually go to the gym to go to the classes, I really don't use the equipment much. My recommendation would be to skip Merritt, and use another club.
A friend of mine was staying with me, and brought along her 6 month old puppy. The puppy got sick one night, and we had to take him into the nearest animal hospital. The staff at Catonsville Animal Hospital were very accommodating and were able to calm my frantic friend down, and deal well with the sick puppy.
Studio 921 Salon and Day Spa is a little out of the way for me, but certainly has anything that you would ever need in a spa. I often go there for facials and waxes. They do a fairly decent job with both. Their prices are average for the industry. My only complaint is the drive to get to their establishment. Otherwise, I would highly recommend it.
When I first came to the area, and was looking for a house, I asked a few of my co-workers which real estate agent they recommended. Several recommended Coldwell Banker. That's who I ended up using and I couldn't have been in better hands. They took me around from house to house until I finally looked at one which I fell in love with. Now I'm the one that recommends them to other people.
Mason & Friends Incorporated is a good place to go if you want to get your hair styled and not pay very much. I got my hair colored and styled here and paid much less than what I paid at a higher end salon. The staff were very attentive to my needs and worked with me to get it just right. I would recommend them to my friends.
I recently had to get my pool cleaned. Since I didn't want to do it myself, I decided to do some shopping around for a good cleaning company. Blue Waters came recommended by a friend of mine. They came within the same week that I called, and did a fairly decent job. I wish I had known about them when I put the pool in. I didn't realize that they did that type of work also.
If you're looking for a good deal in landscaping and design, and don't want to pay an arm and a leg, I would recommend Rich Landscaping and Design. They did a wonderful job with the elementary school in our neighborhood. They really took the time to do it right, and weren't in the way while the kids were going to and from school. The lawn looks well maintained.
Tonys Highlandtown Hairstyling Salon is a decent salon. They got me in pretty quickly which I was thankful for, but they kept me waiting while waiting on another client. I had gotten my hair shampooed and was sitting in the chair waiting for my stylist to help another newer stylist. I was kept waiting for about 15 minutes. Otherwise, the stylist did a decent job, and apologized a few times for the delay.
I would highly recommend All State Plumbing for all of your plumbing needs. I had a leaky water pump, and right after shutting off the main water valve, I immediately picked up the phone book and called the first plumber that I could find. It ended up being All State Plumbing. They came over about 2 hours later, and they did a fantastic job.