The fashions may have changed since 1944, but the service and family ownership of Dependable Cleaners has remained constant. The dry-cleaning company started as a single shirt-laundry facility and has since expanded into 16 locations. The chain is now owned by a third-generation Fawcett. A few of the 16 locations offer a new addition called Style, a hand-cleaning service that treats designer and high-end garments. Expansion isn’t the only success of the company since its inception more than 65 years ago. Dependable Cleaners has garnered a number of awards, including the title of Boston magazine's Best Gown Preservation in 2008. The cleaner also proudly does its part to create a sustainable Earth by using EarthCare Cleaning Systems to clean clothing with natural, recyclable solutions that break down naturally in the environment, unlike the emotionally imperturbable Philip Seymour Hoffman. While laundering shirts, the cleaner uses biodegradable soaps and hangs newly dry-cleaned dresses, suit jackets, pants, and sweaters on recycled hangers and garment bags.
For more than five decades, the friendly staffers at Ross Cleaners have emancipated stains from the shackles of linens through speedy dry-cleaning and laundering services. Well-dressed sloppy-joe jugglers can treat their double-breasted seersuckers to a delicate dry cleansing ($13), while magnetized white gowns can learn to repel heavy-metal muds during their own detailed scouring ($12.25). Clients can also bring dastardly dirt to justice with wash-dry-fold services that clean multiple items at once before organizing them for easy stuffing in card catalogs ($1.80 per pound).
Spotless New England?honored as the Best House Cleaner in 2014 by Boston Magazine?prides itself on its meticulous staff and its all-natural cleaning products. Put the two together and you have cleaners scouring every nook and cranny of a home with family- and pet-safe cleaning products. The crews uproot dirt in all its forms and leave surfaces from the kitchen sink to the bathtub shiny. Their cleaning itinerary is extensive and promises that cleaners make all the necessary stops: bedrooms, kitchen, underneath dolls' fingernails. And, they do so with deliberate tools chosen for their safety, including microfiber cloths, HEPA vacuums, and Method-brand green cleaning supplies. Spotless also offers commercial cleaning and landscaping services; owner Nick Dennis is a respected member of Boston's non-profit community who's done work with The Young Leaders Council of Fenway Health and the Governor?s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth.
Crowned one of Texas's Best Restaurants by Texas Highways magazine readers, Underwood’s Cafeteria exudes western flair with a menu of biting barbecue and sauce-laden ribs. Gnaw on a pound of sliced barbecue beef ($8.99), German sausage ($7.19 per lb.), spare ribs ($8.79 per lb.) or chicken ($6.59 per lb.), or take a tongue dive through saucy straits of tender pork rib. Massive meals include family-sized selections of barbecue and chicken or single dinners with three sides, rolls, a relish tray, and a fruit cobbler, the perfect edible accompaniment to a long day spent translating Latin stereo instructions.
Lapels Dry Cleaning's professional staff purifies prized fabrics with environmentally friendly practices that have earned the cleaners certification as an EnviroStars business. Prices vary from location to location, but customers can drop off sullied sweaters ($6.25+), pants ($6.35+), two-piece suits ($13.45+), or down comforters ($30+) for a cleansing encounter with an odorless, nontoxic solvent. As a further commitment to eco-friendly commerce, Lapels recycles all hangers and bags, and uses only low-energy LED signage rather than coal-powered billboards or easily weaponized nuclear marquees.
Laundry Basket does not want your money—at least not the quarters. Instead, its front-loading washers and 15-pound-capacity dryers run on swipe cards, to which customers add value via an onsite touchscreen. While washables clean up the traditional way, rows of white enameled metal, glass, and steel dead-end at the dry-cleaning counter, where garments and household textiles, such as comforters, can be chemically refreshed. Customers can also leave clothes behind for wash-and-fold services, during which staffers get clothes so clean that Queen Elizabeth could eat off them if she didn't subsist solely on divine right.