The Baltimore Sun’s readers have voted on what’s the best in the region from antiques to veterinary practice. This year’s winners include people and businesses recognized for outstanding service and customer satisfaction over the last year. Several businesses stood out from the crowd despite the downturn in commerce due to the pandemic.
Winners of the Readers’ Choice ballot were selected by readers in May.
For more categories, go to baltimoresun.com/best.
Radebaugh Florist and Greenhouses
120 E. Burke Ave., Towson. 410-825-4305, radebaugh.com
In the modern days of online shopping, people come to Radebaugh Florist and Greenhouses for service rooted in 98 years of history.
“We’ve been in Towson since 1924 and I think what does stand us apart, is that those same core values we still hold very near and dear. So you’re always going to get wonderful service, the best quality products and our guarantee,” said fourth-generation owner Caitlin Radebaugh.
At Radebaugh, shoppers know they can get the assistance they desire.
“If you come to our greenhouses, everyone who works in that greenhouse is knowledgeable about plants,” Radebaugh, 41, said. “[Customers] call and say, ‘We want something spectacular for an anniversary.’ They know we’re going to deliver that.”
Having served the community for almost a century, the florist has generations of clients that continue to support the business. “We’ll meet with brides and the mom will be like, ‘You did my wedding flowers 30 years ago’,” Radebaugh said.
With such a long legacy, she said there’s a lot of pressure maintaining the family business and safeguarding it for the future.
“I know the history that most generations will falter in that third generation. So I think it is such an honor and responsibility that I am this fourth generation running this business, and I work very hard to make sure that we are staying the course and constantly changing so that this business will be here for a fifth generation,” she said.
Since taking over five years ago, she expanded Radebaugh to an “all in one shop,” adding a liquor license, wines, home décor, chocolates and jewelry. The business also gave back to the community by selling an open space for a park along with other philanthropic gestures.
“We’re centered in a residential neighborhood, so we try to do things that are value-added for the community,” Radebaugh said. “We put in a snowball stand last year — community kids love it.”
Radebaugh is also focused on helping other local businesses stay the course or regain footing after the challenges of the pandemic.
“We were fortunate we could stay open, so now out of that, we opened up a local market within our garden center, and we’re promoting all sorts of other businesses in the area.”
Despite changes, the Towson native has remained true to her roots.
“This is where my great-grandparents lived when they started the business. The family lived upstairs and it was just the flower shop downstairs. So it is pretty cute and we have some old photos of them in the hallway.”
— Micha Green
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