Best of Boston

1981 Best Chimney Sweep

Larry O’Connor, Black Magic

O’Connor’s men (he’s got two crews) dress in the traditional top hats (tails optional in summer) to do your chimney. And now’s the time to get an appointment: fully three quarters of the company’s business is done between September and December—and we’re talking about thousands of chimneys. O’Connor started in Stowe, Vermont, in 1973, and moved here five years later. He’s good, and very neat, too. “We make sure we keep our customer’s homes clean by taking along an industrial vacuum cleaner to every job.” Ah, progress.

Cambridge, 617-876-4456,