Since Jim and Mike Amore opened Jet Cleaners in 1956, the place has become a rite of passage not only for Mike Amore Jr., who worked there as a teen and now represents the third generation of his family's business. The company's Facebook page fondly catalogs photos of staff through the decades, occasionally noting the growth of their careers and families, or marking their passing. The good feelings are mutual, as the community voted Jet Cleaners Elm City's Best Dry Cleaner and Tailor in 2011. Voting with their dollars, the Yale Repertory Theater and Yale Medical School entrust Amore and his team with their costumes and lab coats, a practice begun after hearing the school's dean relied on them to starch his upper lip. A light touch with these delicate materials extends to refreshing heirloom quilts and wedding gowns, as well as tailoring suits.
It may seem unlikely, but the air inside homes is often more polluted than the air outside. That?s because homes cycle air, which can contain pollen, dust, and dander, through HVAC systems until somebody finally breathes it. The team of technicians at Crystal Clean applies 18 years of experience to help keep indoor atmospheres clear of particulate offenders by scouring air ducts, vents, and ducts. Techs also undertake water-damage repair, stymying the growth of mold and mildew.
Voted Best Dry Cleaner by Fairfield County Weekly in 2010, Wolfe’s Cleaners employs award-winning methods to safely and effectively refresh dropped-off duds. Punctual, careful, and thorough, the clean team whips civvies into shape, revitalizing casual garments ranging from pants ($7.10) and sweaters ($7.15) to dresses ($13.75). Wolfe’s Cleaners also spiffs up businesswear with same-day service, removing insidious stains from sports jacket ($7.50) or pressing two-piece suit in time for upcoming reenactments of Lyndon Johnson's inauguration ($13.75). For an additional fee, Wolfe's can also cleanse exotic or delicate fabrics and materials.
An interior-furnishings emporium, Design Solutions houses a cache of wares that can embellish walls, floors, and ceilings with a fresh vibe. Cushion a spontaneous backflip with a solidly colored Fatboy ($284), a sleek update on the classic beanbag, or punch up a drab wall with the Dottlicious designs by Wallcandy ($59)⎯80 removable dots ranging from 1 inch to 10 inches in diameter and ideal for a game of antigravity Twister. Continue the colorific cacophony in the kitchen with melamine plates ($10), trays ($23), and salad bowls ($24) by French Bull. Design Solutions also campaigns against interior doldrums by purveying pottery, toys, and lamps, which, like rays of sunlight or a 15-foot-wide heap of glow sticks, can light up a room.
Insured technicians from All Clean LLC squeegee interior and exterior windowpanes while perched on ladders, power-wash walkways tagged with inaccurate quadratic equations, clear out gutters, and clean the carpets of homes and commercial buildings. Before starting any job, staff members provide estimates over the phone, in person, or by email. The certified technicians then use Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification–recommended cleaning techniques, including hot-water extraction for carpet cleaning, during which they pump pressurized water into floor fibers to remove dirt, bacteria, and soil.
For 40 years, customers have flocked to Avon Clock & Lighting to acquire ticking and radiating accouterments for their homes, snatching up timepieces and fixtures from renowned manufacturers such as Seiko Clocks, Hinkley Lighting, and Hanover Lantern. The sprawling showroom brims with a shimmering trove of table lamps and chandeliers. Kitchen clocks calmly rotate their hands around a perfectly round face, and grandfather clocks chime stories of walking 3 miles uphill in the snow to get repaired by one of Avon's knowledgeable employees. Each of Avon Clock & Lighting's products comes with a one-year guarantee, and the accommodating staff offers free home consultations.