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Veteran’s salute.

Join us honoring our veterans tomorrow, Veterans Day. We’re proud of their service to our country and thankful for the protection they provide for our American way of life. Let’s remember to thank those who serve, those who sacrifice, and their families. Let’s all do what we can to honor our veterans.

Time change.

When Daylight Savings Time ends, winter’s right behind. Now’s the time to store away your warm weather clothes. It’s a good tradition and a great way to make closet space for the bulkier winter clothes. Just don’t add moth balls to your stored garments — instead use cedar chips or dried lavender. Moth balls contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, petroleum-based chemicals that can cause eye and skin irritation and definitely are not safe around children. Skip the moth balls but be sure to clean everything thoroughly before storing—stains and yellowing can develop over time on garments that aren’t 100% clean.

Corduroy classic.

Autumn favorite, corduroy needs special cleaning care to preserve the rich velvety pile and prevent shrinking. If your corduroy garment is washable, check the label before throwing it in the wash. Never wash with lint producers like fleece, felt or terry. Use the right water temperature, wash like colors together and turn the garment inside out. Then air dry until barely damp, tumble dry for ten minutes at lowest temperature to fluff the nap. Pull from dryer and shake out, turn back right side out and brush nap to remove any lint or surface wrinkles. Or skip all that and let us clean your corduroy for like-new results.

Happy Hallowe’en.

We are 100% in favor of dressing up, for dinner, for work and for trick or treating. And after the scary fun, we are experts at removing grease paint, glitter and other reminders of the masquerade. Our expert cleaners can remove almost any stain, and we clean and pack costumes for next year. Bring your gremlins by our store for their special treat and Boo!

Keeping it local.

Want to make a local, sustainable investment? Look no further than your local merchants. Hometown businesses create jobs and contribute to our community in many ways. The numbers are impressive: three-quarters of every dollar stays here in your community compared to only about 40% when shopping at a chain outlet.

Pet hair management.

Pet hair can clog a washing machine, preventing proper drainage, clumping in drains or sticking to the side of the machine. They recommend removing the hair from clothes with a lint roller or masking tape. For bedding, put on a rubber glove, dampen it with water, and run your hand over the sheet or blanket. The hair will cling to the glove, so you’ll need to wash it off from time to time. Then run everything through a ten-minute no-heat dryer cycle – most of the hair will be in the lint trap. Throw into the washer, adding 1/2-cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Clean the washer by running an empty cycle, then wipe down the tub with a damp cloth.

Not so scary.

You’d be surprised how many costumes we clean every year. Before you jump into that skeleton suit or Godzilla’s bridal gown from last year, let us make sure it’s clean and fresh. Or take the easy way out, wear your favorite pajamas, stick a thermometer in your mouth and hold an ice pack to your head: you’re Sick and Tired!  And for the cleanup after, we can easily remove candle wax or makeup smears.

Classic jeans.

When you buy new raw denim jeans, aficionados recommend wearing for six months before washing. Why? Wear will break down the super-stiff denim, the fabric actually conforms to your shape. When you’re ready to wash, turn inside out, use cold water in a gentle cycle, hot water if you want fading. Lay flat or hang upside down to air dry. Lay flat, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked legs and fold up in half with bottoms up to the waistband. Fold in half again and store in an uncrowded drawer or shelf.

The classic white button-down.

Men have known for generations that a fresh-from-the-laundry white long-sleeved shirt adds style and dresses up any outfit, even jeans. Women have caught on to this quick and easy way to add panache: in crisp cotton or soft silk, the tailored shape of the shirt adds elegance to distressed denim or conservative suiting. Smart women rely on this true wear-anywhere closet staple for the office, a night out or a weekend stroll. Tuck it in or let it hang loose, you can’t go wrong with a white shirt. Throw it over a tee and worn jeans, tuck it into a black pencil skirt or top it with a tweed blazer. 

Button, button.

Let us know if you have a loose button or a falling hem. Our staff will make repairs so you can keep wearing your favorites time and time again. Hemming a new pair of pants? Let us know if you want to keep the original hem. And don’t forget to call ahead for a fitting on special cold-weather and dress-up garments – our expert seamstress/tailor will keep you looking your best.