Best of Arlington 2023: Home

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A vintage Gunlocke armchair at The George Vintage and Design (Courtesy photo)

Editor Pick
Midcentury Modern Furniture

The George Vintage & Design

Stocked with retro-modern goods ranging from postwar credenzas to Don Draper-esque barware, this cozy Del Ray shop fetes midcentury style without a trace of feeling stuck in the moment. Owner Teri Brake keeps the inventory moving with an approachable pricing model, while “constantly resetting, so you feel like you have options and choices and vignettes.” The George, which opened in June, is a one-woman show for Brake, and she does her own buying, scouting out pieces that are truly vintage (no reproductions). The shop’s 1,000 square feet feel “palatial” to the proprietor, who relocated from New York City after enduring the start of the pandemic in a tiny apartment. Looking ahead, she plans to turn The George into an increasingly social space, making it available to host events after hours. –Susan Anspach

 

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A spa-like bathroom by TriVistaUSA (Photo by Angela Newton Roy)

Reader Pick
Builder

TriVistaUSA Design + Build

Hearing a client say, “I never knew my house could do all that,” is music to Michael Sauri’s ears. He would know. A former professional musician (he still plays guitar), he fell into his current line of work after remodeling an investment house in Baltimore in 1999. Six years later he and his wife, Deborah, founded their Arlington design-build firm—which to date has redesigned or built about 400 homes, accumulating an ever-growing fan base. In the process, Sauri says he’s realized music and home design aren’t so different; both rely on creativity. “I think homes have a soul,” he says. “How can we make that soul and the souls of the people who live there work in harmony?” The answer lies in the big-picture architectural planning, as well as the details. –Stephanie Kanowitz

Other top vote-getters: Alair Homes Arlington, BOWA, Bowers Design Build, Case Architects & Remodelers, Paradigm Homes, Sagatov Design+Build, Zimmermann Homes

 

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Paul’s Best Lawn Service (Photo by Nils Granholm)

Reader Pick
Lawn Service

Paul’s Best Lawn Service

Brothers Tim and Jay Lo Monaco bought Paul’s Best Lawn Service from their dad, Paul, in 2012, sustaining the same work ethic that drove their father to turn a side hustle cutting grass into a full-fledged company nearly 40 years ago. Today, their staff of 30 keeps area properties in pristine shape with expert mowing, turf management and landscape services such as leaf removal and mulching. Tim serves as office manager, processing about 460 invoices per month, and Jay handles scheduling. “We really just want to do the best job possible,” Tim says. At least 70% of their customers are in Arlington. –Stephanie Kanowitz

Other top vote-getters:

Andy’s Lawn & Landscape, Avanza Landscaping & Maintenance, Better Lawn Service, Ian’s Lawn Service

 

Reader Pick
Title Company

Strategic National Title Group

Other top vote-getters:

Allied Title & Escrow, Cobalt Settlements, Community Title Network, KVS Title, Universal Title

 

Reader Pick
Pest Control

PestNow

Other top vote-getters:

American Pest, Green Pest Services, My Pest Pros

 

Reader Pick
Chimney Service

Winston’s Chimney Service

Other top vote-getters:

The Chimney Doctor NOVA, Phoenix Chimney & Venting, Rooftop Chimney Sweeps

 

Reader Pick
Fence Company

Long Fence

Other top vote-getters:

Carter Fence, DJ Fence, Expert Fence

 

Reader Pick
Mortgage Banker

Robert Martinson

Other top vote-getters:

Chris Clark, Vince Coyle, Ahmed Hachim, Greg Mullan

 

Reader Pick
Moving Company

Certified Master Movers

Other top vote-getters:

JK Moving Services, Star Moving Solutions, Town & Country Movers