Best Of Baltimore - Page 52 - Personal Services (4)

Best Of Baltimore
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Personal Services (4)

COBBLER
THE COBBLER SHOP

 

In a throwaway world, there are still those who fix things. Like footwear. For 31 years, Alex Shkolnik has repaired the soles and heels of everything from pumps to golf shoes in his narrow workplace on Saratoga St. He rehabs loafers and wing-tips, orthopedic shoes and boots.

 

“You bring me shoes, 99 percent of the time I fix them,” says Shkolnik, 74. Two years ago, during the Baltimore run of “The Lion King,” he repaired the shoes of several performers. In gratitude, they invited him to the musical, where the entire cast signed a poster for the show. It hangs on the wall of Shkolnik’s shop.

 

Born in Russia, he left to escape the anti-Semitism and emigrated to Baltimore in 1987 with his family and $100 in his wallet. Two years later, Shkolnik opened the shop where he sews, stitches, sands and polishes the shoes of grateful walk-ins.

 

“I have some customers for 20 years,” he says. “When you leave here happy, it’s good for me, too.”

 

Sidelined by back surgery some years ago, Shkolnik says he hobbled into work soon after.

 

“My wife said, ‘You’re stupid,’ but I love my work,” he says. “When I stay home, I die—so I no stay home.”

 

219 W. Saratoga St., downtown. 410-234-2959

 

EYE/VISION CARE
THE JOHNS HOPKINS WILMER EYE INSTITUTE

 

In the early 1990s, the Wilmer Eye Institute was a pioneer in the Lasik eye surgery that has allowed 19 million nearsighted patients to put down their spectacles. Their researchers are still hitting the medical equivalent of home runs. One physician, Elliott Myrowitz, is the team optometrist for the Baltimore Orioles — literally helping players keep their eyes on the ball.

 

10753 Falls Road, Pavilion II, Lutherville- Timonium, and six other Maryland locations. 410-583-2802. hopkinsmedicine.org

 

GYNECOLOGY PRACTICE
MERCY PERSONAL PHYSICIANS AT LUTHERVILLE

 

Think of it as the MD equivalent of trade secrets. Some of Baltimore’s top female physicians seek out the gynecologists working for Mercy Personal Physicians when they or their daughters need health care. Their doctors combine medical expertise with the ability to put patients at ease. Can there be a higher recommendation?

 

1734 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, and five other locations. 410- 252-2273. mercydocs.com

 

PET DAY CARE
GOOD DOGGIE DAY CARE

 

Routinely, 130 pooches woof and wag their way through the day at this canine care center in Remington. Owner Jo Anne Garrett and her staff