With winter on the way, it's time to pull your heavier fabrics out of storage to air out the trapped sweat from last winter and the must of dead attic bears. Instead of dousing your wool suit in perfume, Febreeze, or deer scent, send it to the cleaners for the fresh scent and superior fit of a newly dry-cleaned suit. With today's Groupon, $25 gets you $50 worth of dry cleaning from Hourglass Dry Cleaning. If you're skeptical, consider the testimony of a man of science, John Hopkins University’s own Professor Philip Warsaw:
Before Glyndon Cleaners and Lord Baltimore Cleaners merged in 2005 to create the no-suds-needed superpower known as Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners, both family-owned companies had been servicing the Baltimore metro area since the 1920s. Now doubled in size, strength, and genetic diversity, the joint company proudly provides skilled service to more than 4,000 customers. For convenient pick-up and delivery dry cleaning, call to schedule your service and then leave your spoken-for sullies in a weather-safe place (preferably at the front door or in the cellar during tornadoes). Pick-ups generally happen twice a week, and you don't need to be present when the truck stops by. For special cleaning instructions, simply leave a detailed note in the bag.
After a successful career in manufacturing, Will Speace was looking for a change of pace. A long-time car buff, he decided to create Columbia Junction Car Wash to test his business acumen and sharpen his service skills. The flourishing business, carried on today by his wife and two sons, treats car owners to a variety of gentle and high-tech services. Soft-cloth or laser-wash technology wipes away road grime, while a la carte detailing services tackle upholstery, bug removal, bug burial, and rims.
The staff at Star Brite Dry Cleaners restores sullied wardrobes to wearable condition with dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and tailoring services. Although they specialize in couture clothing, they treat all garments with the same care they show Prada dresses, Burberry suits, and the Monopoly man's top hat collection. They can even repair garments damaged by fire, water, or mold. Besides dry cleaning, they also use gentle and eco-friendly wet cleaning methods to cleanse delicate fabrics such as silk, wool, suede, and leather.
Cuba de Ayer Restaurant owners Jessica and William Rodriguez ensure their dishes demonstrate what the Washingtonian dubbed "the mandate of the Cuban restaurant: The food should never be too fine or too fussy." Their menu lets the traditional food speak for itself, from the marinated pork that arrives draped in sautéed onions to the hearty black beans and rice that accompany thinly-sliced steaks.
Steaming plates load tables inside the cozy dining room, which sports rich oxblood walls decorated with colorful artwork. Guests relax in snug booths with cups of café con leche and sweet tres leches cakes, a decadent alternative to glasses of milk.