Since 1921, Art Cleaners' meticulous wardrobe washers have been giving stains and blemishes the boot with a full roster of dry-cleaning, laundry, and alterations services. Today, they harness the cleansing power of the GreenEarth cleaning system, which eschews harmful petroleum-based solvents in favor of liquid silicone derived from pure, natural sand. This eco-friendly solution thoroughly but gently expunges stains and grime from all types of clothing and furniture fabric before dissolving back into its natural states—water, carbon dioxide, and sand. Like a skunk that's studied Emily Post's Etiquette, it leaves behind no odor. The staff at Art Cleaners also picks up and delivers clients' laundry for free within Boulder County.
Blue Star Cleaners' staff restores garments, home décor, and Ugg boots to peak condition through efficient chemical cleaning. The shop's cleaners get drapes and comforters to look as bright and immaculate as items on a show-room floor, and also carefully preserve wedding gowns following their ceremonial toss to the next lucky lady at the wedding reception.
Nu-Way and Foothills Cleaners treat soiled closet denizens to a hearty buffet of eco-friendly dry-cleaning, laundry, and alteration services. Experienced garment groomers banish stains from dry-cleaned shirts ($7.29 each) and laundered shirts ($2.99 each), blazers ($7.99 each), dresses ($14.59 each), and slacks ($7.29 each) with EcoSolv, a nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning solution that rehabilitates habiliments without harming fabrics, leaving behind odors, or resorting to name-calling. The cleaners can also make wardrobe alterations or launder bedspreads ($31.99 for queen size) and comforters ($39.99 for queen size). Friendly staff members faithfully record customers‘ starch preferences to ensure custom crispness and always handle clothing with tenderness and care, often courting bashful blouses by winning them stuffed animals at the state fair.
To remember her son’s childhood, Soraya Cartwright stockpiled pictures, video clips, and mementos. Irked that many types of videotape only have a 15-year lifespan; she looked for a way to safeguard her memories for generations, and as a result founded her own digitizing business, Life’s Sweet. Today, she and her technicians convert videotape and film formats to archival quality DVDs; they can also store audio footage on CDs, rather than player pianos. In addition, they scan pictures to save them in digital format, compile them into photo books, or showcase them on custom greeting cards.
Miss Jenny's Dry Cleaning carts disheveled duds from doorstep to store and back again, returning crisp clothes that have been brightened by a human touch. The garment chauffeur swings by most of the 33 service areas on a regular, two-day-per-week schedule, picking up dingy shirts or cardboard suits in personalized bags issued to each household. Service days vary by area, but orders are consistently returned gleaming and fresh on the next regularly scheduled service day. Caretakers follow up each cleansing with a thorough inspection, carefully purging rogue stains, repairing small problems such as worn or broken buttons, polishing rusty chainmail, and hand finishing most items.
The scrub-a-dubbers at Paradise Cleaners gently whip besmirched threads into states of squeaky cleanness with the help of high-quality equipment and products. Fabric-fetchers first retrieve garments from domicile doorsteps, then whisk them away to Paradise’s central plant where purified solvents and delicate soaps destroy dirt, odor, and evidence that you ate the last pudding cup. Each piece of laundry is treated like a beloved family member and receives special attention, including hand-finishing services. Slip into a pair of recently bathed pants ($8.85+), or slap on a pristine shirt ($8.05+) to prepare for a video-chat date with the inventor of HD video-chatting. Paradise Cleaners also helps suits sparkle ($16.50+), dresses shed their spots ($14.90+), and comforters return to their beds sans sheep dander ($40+).
Creating a custom-made wine is a lot more rewarding than producing questionable homemade toothpaste. At Tino Vino Vintners, the 6- to 10-week process begins with you “researching” (tasting) wine varietals to determine what you want yours to taste like. Five tastings will introduce your palate to its options in a round of speed dating for the taste buds. Next, the desired grapes are crushed, pressed, concentrated, and mixed with reverse-osmosis-filtered water, yeast, and other ingredients under the supervision of a winemaker. The winemaker will watch over your mixture’s progress during its two to three weeks of fermentation before stabilizing the wine with an optional clarifying agent and racking (removing sediment). Once your wine has been bottled, you may either pop it open and have a party or stash it away to let it age as gracefully as Burton Gilliam.