Joe May Valet began dry-cleaning and laundering fabrics way back in 1936, when the Great Depression forced people to give up their glamorous nudity in favor of clothing. At four locations around Atlanta, trained staffers use their hands and eyes inspect garments, removing stains and driving dirt from the fabric’s furthest nooks and crannies. Customers with spare hangers can drop them off, and the staff will recycle them or donate them to charity.
Within a neon-colored lair packed end-to-end with colorfully flashing games, GameRoom’s arcade master invite players of all ages to plunk down their tokens for a chance to experience games as they were meant to be played. Classics such as skee ball and claw machines reward skill with handsome prizes, and driving simulators and action games impress with modern graphics and head-to-head competition. Once the games are through, competitors can retire to the onsite Johnny Rocket's complete with 28 flat-screen HDTVs or tell their defeated friends which toppings to choose at the frozen yogurt shop.
The dedicated dirt apprehenders at Carriage Cleaners of Buckhead spruce up dingy duds and delicate fabrics with water-free cleaning services. Cleaners scrub away hard-to-remove spots on dresses ($13.50), shirts ($2.25) and pants ($5.50), and unbundle two-piece suits ($11.50), leaving them more groomed and wrinkle-free than a two-dimensional prom dress. Alternately, wedding-dress services remove discolorations from prized gowns worn for big days or extra-formal corporate events. After donning stunning gowns, brides can submit garments to the clothing caretakers, who will clean and specially package dresses, ensuring they remain pristine for years to come. All work is done in the store, which harbors enough starch and lack-of-starch to suit clients' stiffening needs.
Dirt-ridden clothes are reborn into dapper duds thanks to the meticulous attire experts at Prestige Cleaners, who'll scour the surface of formal and casual apparel, including pants, skirts, sweaters, and scarves ($4.50 each). Frocks, lab coats, and jackets of windblown riffraff ($9 each) can forgo shrink-prone methods for a cleansing drier than Oscar Wilde's chalk collection, and spotless winter shrouds and raincoats ($13.50 each) will pique the curiosity of Old Man Winter. Prestige's first-rate garment gurus can also erase any unwanted marks from silk and linen fashion for an added dollar.
It isn’t every day that a student and teacher become partners in business, but that’s what happened after Robin Dickson took his first dance class with Matthew Gann. A friendship formed between Dickson, a special-event planner since the age of 17, and Gann, an award-winning ballroom dancer who already owned studios of his own. After realizing ways their backgrounds complemented each other, the two decided to open Allure Dance Studio right next to Cumberland Mall. Experienced dance instructors cultivate twinkle toes in private and group dance lessons across the studio’s sleek hardwood floor. Up to 25 students practice salsa, tango, or merengue rhythms in front of a wall of mirrors that display each student’s progress and most intimidating dance face. All students of Allure can practice what they’ve learned at various parties and events organized by the studio that provide a place where all types of dance can be performed and celebrated.
Family-owned Just Quality Cleaners tends to all the clothing entrusted in their care at a central plant, which allows staffers to closely monitor the quality of all cleaning and tailoring services. They dry clean clothes, bedding, and linens with eco-friendly products, offering their clients same-day turnaround, and wet-cleaning services douse garments with water and biodegradable detergent before gently drying them at a stable humidity level. A team of expert tailors and seamstresses stands by, ready to shorten dress straps or remove shoulder pads from otherwise gala-ready football uniforms, and the cleaner’s museum-quality storage boxes can hermetically seal away wedding gowns, protecting them from aging caused by oxidation and exposure to water.