In the late 1930s, Andy Dellecave founded Mercury Sporting Goods, a neighborhood shop specializing in men’s tailored clothing and sportswear. After a couple decades helping gentlemen find the perfect fit for their blazers, trousers, or space suits, Andy noticed a new calling: helping them keep their new duds clean. In 1955, he moved Mercury to the freshly erected Keyser Oak Shopping Center and renamed it Mercury One-Hour Cleaners, complementing his tailoring services with full-service dry cleaning. Now a Scranton institution as well, Mercury has since opened a second location. It’s also been passed down to Andy’s sons, John and Jim, who continue a legacy that today includes same-day dry cleaning, leather and suede cleaning, and expert tailoring and alterations.
Since its birth as a single-bay tire shop in 1929, Jack Williams Tire & Auto Service Centers has vastly expanded its array of vehicle services and spawned more than 20 additional shops throughout the state. During each of the three included oil changes, a team of knowledgeable car whisperers convinces motors' mouths to open wide as they swap soiled oil for up to five quarts of fresh, standard engine juice and install a new filter. Steel steeds with a flat tire can lurch into the shop and ask one of Jack Williams' experts to repair it; if the puncture wound is fixable, drivers can enjoy lifetime repairs and rebalancing on that one tire. To top it all off, rewards-booklet-toting folk can enjoy a bevy of additional savings including a 50% discount on a wheel alignment and a state safety inspection, as well as free shuttle service and complimentary midservice performances of "Greased Lightning."
Superior Carpet Cleaning doesn’t just eradicate dirt; it also eliminates the impersonal nature and harsh cleaning practices of bigger carpet-cleaning businesses. Because the company is small, the owner is able to oversee most of the jobs the technicians perform, ensuring each carpet, furniture, and rug fiber they work on is left spotless. And the formulas and equipment they bring along are all environmentally friendly, so newly cleansed floors are left safe for kids, pets, and impromptu handstands to impress the neighbors.
In 2011, owners Daniel Gualtieri and Samuel Vulcano purchased Swanson Cleaners with the intention of maintaining the Swanson family’s 67-year tradition of reliable, quality dry cleaning. The versatile cleaning experts demonstrate their years of experience by banishing stains and marks from clothes ranging from sweaters and ties to simple two-piece suits and their formal cousins the 12-piece chicken dinners.
Family-owned for five generations and 116 years, Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply stocks residential and commercial kitchens with approximately 18,000 items, including a wide variety of food equipment. Patrons can paint egg-glaze masterpieces with a 1-inch boar-bristle pastry brush ($2.82) or don a chef’s hat ($8.99) to collect free sticky buns from passersby who mistake them for the Pillsbury Doughboy. Alternatively, customers can dunk dough in a 12-cup S/S deep fryer ($77.99) or dip delicacies in chocolate melted with a electric multi fondue set ($71.99) to craft homemade sweets. Hops and yeast from a True Brew Irish stout ingredient kit ($43.89) ferment into 5 gallons of full-bodied ale (equipment not included). Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply also hosts a substantial array of industrial service equipment for restaurants or wistful home kitchens dreaming of the big time.
Since its founding by William Bright Sr. and William Dunk Sr. in 1927, Dunk & Bright Furniture has grown from a modest storefront to a 100,000-square-foot showroom. The store's staff—accredited by the Interior Design Society and American Society of Interior Designers—leads visitors through a maze of bedroom and living room sets, mattresses, and other pieces by brands such as Ashley, Harden, and aspenhome. A separate 1,000,000-cubic-foot warehouse stores the bulk of the shop's inventory, which also includes wall-to-wall carpeting, area rugs, shutters and blinds, and enchanted mirrors. Dunk & Bright delivers purchases free of charge within 200 miles of Syracuse.