In the decades since 1949, as fashion fads such as leather jackets, bell bottoms, and white blazers have come and gone, the stain-removal specialists at Martinizing Dry Cleaner on the west side of Cleveland have held steadfast, cleaning and pressing virtually any garment in-store. At Cleveland?s trio of local family-owned dry cleaners, the staff cleans, alters, and launders everything from dress shirts and gowns to suede shoes and Ugg boots. Combined with the computerized inventory system keeping track of every garment, a home-delivery service keeps pants from getting lost when trying to walk home on their own.
Seven days a week, Duds ‘n Suds and Reynolds resonate with the gentle hum of their fleet of coin-operated washers and driers. Customers can manually cleanse their dirty apparel and towels or drop off laundry by the pound at the Duds ‘n Suds location to be washed, dried, and folded by the laundromats’ expertly trained staff. Customers waiting for freshly washed or dried articles can sip on complimentary coffee or place bets on how many tootsie pops it takes to fill a dryer.
Costume Holiday House's inventory of wigs, makeup, suits, and party supplies enables costume changes ranging from spooky to comical. Customers can dress themselves as everything from pop-culture icons to terrifying specters and macabre forms, and an ample supply of wigs and accessories form the basis of inventive costumes that don’t require full-body suits or rubber masks. In addition to wearable Halloween goods, the shop also sells fog machines and animated props that set the stage for monster mashes and haunted houses. Costume Holiday House accommodates dress-up even in the Halloween off-season, with theater costume rentals for schools and community plays, or Second Skin colored bodysuits for showing team spirit at a baseball game or camouflaging into the green-screen background at local commercial shoots.
Nabbing a 2011 Talk of the Town award for customer satisfaction, the garment de-gunkers at Champion Cleaners and Tuxedo Rentals continue their 61-year tradition of stellar service. Experts gently purify full suits, dresses, and coats ($11 each) and return delicate sweaters ($3.75) to mint Cosby condition. Individual suit pieces ($5.50 each)—such as pants, shirts, and jackets—compare notes with the vestigial garment colloquially known as the vest ($4.25). Dry cleaners revive threads Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Though additional services are not included in this deal, Champion also offers alterations, tuxedo rentals, wedding-gown preservation, and zipper repairs.
The tailors and seamstresses at Perfect Fit Alterations take in clients' ill-fitting garments and transform them into well-proportioned pieces of winning wardrobes. Their cutting and sewing capabilities span the entirety of the sartorial spectrum, from wedding dresses that need slimming to suits that need taking in and seats that need repairing. They also offer express services, such as hemming, so clients can avoid risking an indecent-ankle-exposure violation in public.
Along with standard dry-cleaning services and wedding-gown preservation, the technicians at Dry Cleaning Specialties can even salvage garments damaged by fire, water, and smoke. After an inspection, the team cleans and deodorizes any clothing item, as well as rugs, bed linens, and shoes, returning them to pristine condition. Damaged stuffed animals are also eligible for repairs, should they suffer from the acquisition of too much love.