If you need help finding pro-level photo supplies, Service Photo is the place for you. Mr. (Avraham?) Bank is one of the most knowledgeable staffers I've ever run across in the photo business. They always stock Ilford brand everything, and darkroom supplies are always there, too. Prices are par for a professional shop (read expensive, but worth it), but a student discount applies for those college students in the crowd. Service is provided with a smile, and if you need help, they're great at lending a hand. TOP NOTCH!
Although Little Shop of Hardware's employees are very knowledgeable, they come off as snotty sometimes, which has prevented me from going there more. They have had a problem keeping the floors clear of surplus merchandise, and because of this, the small shop always feels cluttered and in disarray. However, the service is top-notch, and the prices (a little higher than) reasonable. I use these guys for my random hardware needs when I don't feel like waiting for shipping from an internet site. I love their mural outside!
I don't like yoga. I love Ahimsa Yoga Center. This facility boasts a good selection of times, instructors, and experience levels. The building itself if always clean, and always relaxing... as a good yoga center should be. Large paned windows let in sufficient light, so as to minimize the need for artificial lighting. I like this place a lot, and have found it easy to recommend to my friends. The instructors are both knowledgeable and easy to talk to, which makes it comfortable for beginners.
This is a rarety in Baltimore, a comics shop with a friendly staff and good selection. Comics Kingdom, easily recognized as the bright yellow and orange building at the corner of Roland and 41st, is a small shop, but holds a magnificent collection of true comics. On occasion, they hold a "free comic book day," which draws out the geek in all of us. This is a very solid bet to find a hard-to-locate favorite.
Giant in the Rotunda shopping center is about average for a supermarket, with good deals when you can get them. I actually really like the checkout area, retrofitted with six full "do-it-yourself" lines. The one thing that holds this market back is its distinct lack of a good meat selection. Meat prices are too high by about a dollar a pound, and selection is downright nominal. Produce is usually fresh, but I find myself not wanting to chance it sometimes.
I frequent this dry-cleaners over others in the area because of the owner's ability to turn out a clean garment faster than most. If I drop off my clothes before work, they are always done by quitting time. Prices are generally good, with the exception of wool items, which for some reason are too expensive. This location also cuts keys, and is able to turn those around immediately. Good location, good prices.
Known to the local community as "The Farm Store," Royal Farms on Keswick holds a special place in the neighborhood's heart. The staff is attentive and friendly, and the service is very good. Prices are standard for a convenience store, but RF has a good selection of munchies and drinks. Unlike several other stores in the area, RF also carries beer and wine (not on Sundays).
This is one of the friendliest places I have ever had the opportunity to visit. The staff is qualified and attentive to the children's needs, and the atmosphere of learning is truly that of a close family. Parents play a vital role in the curriculum, by offering the support that children of this age (5-12) require. Students are taught in three sections, according to their age, and become as close as siblings by their graduation. I am proud to have been a part of this school for the brief time that I was, and I continue to recommend Free State to all of my friends.
I LOVE TED'S! This is by far.... Way Far... the best music shop in Baltimore City. Located across Centre Street from the world-famous Peabody Institute (music conservatory), Ted's offers students and the public a selection of fine new and used instruments at knockout prices. As an example, I personally purchased a genuine 1965 Fender Strat for 1/4 of the list price anywhere else. I can't recommend any place higher than Ted's, because they just straight up ROCK!
This Guitar Center is one of the better ones that I've been to. They have an extensive selection of axes, including PRS, a Maryland company. The acoustic room has a back chamber for the really nice guitars, and it's always a pleasure to not feel pressured when looking for a new instrument. The North side of this store has a hidden hallway with used equipment, which is definitely worth checking into... great bargains.