Best Place for Dance Lessons: Arthur Murray

Teachers and students at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Columbia demonstrate various styles of dance that are taught at the studio. The dancers are (clockwise from front right) Emily Hutchison and Daniel Burke dancing salsa, Carolina Bonilla and Brandon Jones dancing tango, Jennifer and Von Rawley dancing rhumba, Lynn Nulton and Stephen Fragapane dancing waltz, and studio owners Joe and Leisa Howard dancing lindy hop. (Photo illustration by Sarah Pastrana)

What better honor than to be voted the best of the best by your customers and colleagues?

In August, we asked Howard Magazine readers to tell us the most notable businesses, people and places from Marriottsville to Savage and from Elkridge to Clarksville. Here are the results of how our readers voted.

Annual Festival Event
Winner: Wine in the Woods
Honorable mention:
Columbia Festival of the Arts
Howard County Fair
Highland Days
Symphony of Lights


Place to Buy Antiques
Winner: Historic Savage Mill
Honorable mention:
Westwood Antiques
Historic Ellicott City


Art Gallery
Winner: Gallery 44
Honorable mention:
Artists' Gallery
Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House
Howard County Center for the Arts


Place for Auto Repair
Winner: Hillmuth Certified Automotive
Honorable mention:
British American Auto Care
O'Donnell Honda
Ken's Service Center


Winner: Touche Touchet Bakery & Pastry Shoppe
Honorable mention:
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Panera Bread
Oh, What A Cake!


Winner: HoCo Rising ( by Tom Coale)
Honorable mention:
HowChow (


Place to Buy Books
Winner: Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Honorable mention:
Daedalus Books
Second Edition


Car Dealership
Winner: Apple Ford
Honorable mention:
O'Donnell Honda
Win Kelly Chevrolet Buick GMC


Winner: Putting on the Ritz Catering
Honorable mention:
Rehm's Catering
Absolutely Perfect Catering
Zeffert and Gold Catering