Code 3 Cleaners' seasoned staff spruces up garbs and household textiles through professional laundry, dry-cleaning, and alteration services. Dry cleaners eschew water in favor of a chemical solvent to wrest stains from fine fabrics; the laundering and hand-washing specialists use top-quality detergents and softeners. After washing, they carefully sort and fold spotless duds into neat piles or crisp airplanes. A pickup and delivery option accommodates clients who are busy or who have no clean pants left to wear.
The combination of superb organizational skills and raw talent in the dry cleaning arts makes One Hour Martinizing stand out among competitors in the industry. The franchise staff has earned a reputation among clients over the past 20 years for providing efficient service to people eager to get the crispest, cleanest clothing and get on with their day. One Hour Martinizing scours out the stains in-house, using the recommended environmentally safe process to achieve optimal cleanliness, and has most items ready for pick up within one day. In addition to clothing, the store offers cleaning services for homewares like curtains and bedding, with the most expensive item on their price list a king-size comforter cleaning at $25. They can also tackle the tricky materials of leather and suede, also offering clothing alterations.
Named Favorite Dry Cleaner by Modesto Bee readers in 2010, Del Rio Cleaners wins fans by treating attire and bedding using earth-friendly products and processes. The stain-busting staff can re-crisp men's shirts ($2.60) and refresh cozy sweaters ($7). Two-piece suits ($12.70) receive an extra dose of dapper, and freshness retires to bed following the thorough cleaning of comforters ($25), bedspreads ($23.75), and over-counted sheep. Legs can swing free and easy beneath rejuvenated dresses ($10.25), snuggle inside newly cleaned pants ($5.75), or envy arms ensconced in jackets ($6.25). Free of petroleum and air contaminants, the GreenEarth process cleans clothes without harming the air, water, or other colors' feelings.
Charleen "Char" Gagliardi owes her life to dry cleaning. In 1937, her parents bought a red bungalow on McHenry Avenue and opened up Deluxe Cleaners. The business kept Char's dinner plate full and her wardrobe natty as a youth, and it became her bread and butter 40 years later, when she left her career as a teacher to continue her parent's legacy. With the help of her husband, Carl, Char built a laundry room and initiated free pickup and delivery service, and the couple joined the Lions Club to share their work ethic and the free wattage emanating from their luminous smiles with the community.
Char and Carl now watch proudly as their daughter, Pam, follows a familiar path to happiness. Pam began learning the ins and outs of Deluxe Cleaners when she was 13. She has since modernized its gadgets with the support of her husband, and she designed an invisible fairy-wing steamer at the behest of her three children. Three generations of know-how inform their technique, which relies on petroleum-based solvent to clean fine garments and household textiles such as rugs and bedding without damaging the environment.
Patients at Gill Dental Group have the unique privilege of having their teeth looked after by a movie director. When he's not working on independent films, Dr. Param Gill makes sure teeth are camera ready by preventing cavities and improving smiles with cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign and dental implants.
He founded Gill Dental Group, which now boasts multiple locations, alongside Dr. Lavanya Gill, a dental expert who has written more than 50 dentistry articles for local newspapers. If necessary the Gills can administer sedation or play a CD of Morgan Freeman singing whale songs to relax patients during dental treatments.
When Omar Morineau was 17 years old, a local businessman named Cal handed him an airbrush and car-paints, entreating the teenager to “learn how to use ‘em.” The self-taught youth was soon plastering flashy graphics on sports cars, and before long had moved on to custom surfboards and his own mural business. Then he thought he’d get some higher education. A stint at L’Acedemia di Belle Arte in Florence informed his expressive technique, which ranges from anatomically accurate, occasionally surrealistic oil paintings to stylized graphic designs for bands, businesses, and the lemonade stands of overly ambitious five-year-olds. Today, when he isn’t laboring on his latest commission, the enterprising artist promotes creativity through classes for all ages, with early-childhood sessions aimed at fostering a love of creation and workshops for older students focused on launching careers in two-dimensional and computer arts.