COLUMBIA, MD — Patch asked and readers answered: what are your favorite businesses in Columbia? We put out a call for nominations for local businesses of the year. Here they are, according to Patch readers:
Columbia Palace Cleaners
"The proprietors of this establishment are personable and provide excellent and timely customer service."
"It’s a small store that is kept well stocked for all seasons and the best for wildlife food in the area.
Owners and staff are very welcoming and knowledgeable and also really nice."
The Children's Spot
"The Spot has incredibly caring and competent Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists and ABA clinicians."
"They are friendly, thorough and efficient."
"Great products and knowledgeable salespeople and super talented technicians. They are rockin' and rollin' to make beautiful homes filled with entertainment systems and smart homes. They have successfully mastered the art of merging design and technology to give their clients the best of both worlds. They have won many awards for the projects they have designed and implemented for their clients."
"Amazing customer service throughout the pandemic. They introduced curb side pick up, are always ready when you drive up, and always offer a free beer or wine to go. Their food is incredible both in the restaurant and takeout."
"Devoted staff, caring of customers whether the client is in the spa or away. Stays in touch and shows concern. Highly trained technicians. Owner/manager involves herself in community issues (I.e. HoCo Strong) and support for important community matters."
"Chick fil A at Dobbin Center has been there for all of us during this really challenging time. Their customer service is amazing, and they have stayed ahead of the curve the whole time adding delivery and curb side options as soon as they could. The food is good quality, and they know how to run a drive through. Most importantly, they make you feel like family, and I so appreciate their work on all of our behalf. The fact that there is never not a line there speaks volumes as to the quality of their work. Safety has also been a focus, and as a customer, I have never worried about how they manage my order."
Dobbin Dental Suite
"They are always prepared, and always professional. If an unexpected situation arises they always have a solution handy. In the wake of the COVID pandemic they have adjusted they operations to be conscientious of both the patients and office personnel. I love them!!"
Haven on the Lake
"Amazing classes, friendly staff, clean and taking Covid seriously."
Relationship Counseling Center of Maryland
"I was hesitant at first to switch from in-person to teletherapy (video) because talking through a computer screen seemed less intimate and I was afraid I wouldn't be as open or vulnerable. However, therapist Meg Tenny made the transition feel seamless. Meg is easy to talk to and her empathy and care helped me to express what I was feeling. RCC has been a tremendous comfort during the stress and uncertainty of COVID-19!"
The Arc Maryland
"The Arc Maryland, the largest statewide advocacy organization dedicated to preserving & advancing the rights of children & adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities (I/DD), together with its Developmental Coalition partners from Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, People on the Go, & MACS developed a campaign to provide needed supplies to thousands of our fellow Marylanders with disabilities and the people who provide critical caregiving support every day, and to raise awareness of the issue. The We Got You Covered face mask campaign, provided Direct Support Professionals and the people they support with the protection they needed during the initial months of the Covid19 crisis (from April through the end of September). Over 14,380 cloth face masks, surgical/KN95 masks, and face shields were distributed/donated to people in need who requested them. Our campaign reached 18 different counties throughout the State of Maryland touching providers, families/caregivers, people with I/DD disabilities, etc.