"We use the best soaps, solvents and equipment available to the industry. We do not take short cuts," Tripp Penninger told Columbia Metropolitan in 2011, one year after the magazine's readers voted Tripp's Fine Cleaners as the best dry cleaners in Columbia. Grandson of the couple that founded the business in 1987, Tripp and his staff of nearly 100 employees have earned their prestige; as Sanitone-certified master dry cleaners, they've carefully cleaned thousands of garments and have been trusted with preserving the wedding gowns of brides in South Carolina and beyond.
They clean regular laundry with low-temperature water, ensuring that nothing shrinks or becomes misshapen, and they use special procedures for high-end garments, making sure to wine and dine Chanel suits before removing wine or dinner stains. Tripp’s seamstresses are on hand to remedy ill-fitting garments, usually returning alterations in about three days. The staff picks up and drops off items free of charge in specified areas and offers complimentary seasonal storage with the purchase of cleaning.
Charlestowne Pub Stroll's knowledgeable guides cover nearly 300 years of history during their three-hour walking tours, shedding light on the city's libation-steeped past. Guide dressed in full pirate or colonial regalia lead guests along Meeting Street as they point out the area’s most historically significant pubs. They regale guests with tales of Prohibition-era criminals, early drinking habits, and other historical oddities, including that time when drinking a full gallon of milk was temporarily outlawed in Charleston in the 1900s. Throughout the tour, groups will stop into select watering holes to sample the storied brews for themselves at an extra cost.
Heaven’s Best was ranked #72 on Entrepreneur's 2013 list of the top 500 franchises, and for good reason. The carpet-cleaning company is completely eco-friendly, using a specially formulated, water-based cleaning solution that’s safe for pets, children, and nature. Riding this wave of popularity, the company sees new owner-operated franchise locations popping up like sudsy bubbles across the U.S. every year. Though the company specializes in carpets and area rugs, technicians can also use their cleaning expertise to lift stains from car upholstery, floor tiles, or a robot’s mohawk.
Each year, more than 100,000 people trust the grime vanquishers at Lyerly's Cleaners to erase unsightly stains in a timely, convenient manner. The affable staff can cleanse barbecue-sauce-stained dresses ($11.25), wash donut jelly from suits ($11.85), remove clingy suitors from sweaters ($6.45), and spiff up garments of all varieties. After their laundered raiment is delivered, customers can flaunt crisp pants ($5.65) and fresh-smelling ties ($11.25) on the red carpet at a nearby rug store. Prices may vary for clothing that is made of unusual material or has been stored in a hollowed-out gourd.
Whereas most cave dwellers hide out in dark places, those at Cave Dwellers Dry Cleaners pull people into the public eye with clean, fresh clothing. Dry-cleaning services remove stains and odors without water, restoring aquaphobic textiles and clowders to cleanliness. Laundry services cleanse fabrics in precise temperatures using computer-controlled washing machines. Expert fitters at each location properly hem pants, fit shirts, and alter garments so that each hugs appendages at just the right place. Cleaners also tend to leather and suede, clean comforters and drapery, and repair shoes.
At Rita’s Ice, a variety of frozen treats refresh customers and satisfy sweet-tooth cravings. Their signature Italian ice blends ice and fresh fruit in flavors such as banana, cherry, piña colada, mango, and strawberry. Meanwhile, custard arrives in cups or cones, coated with hot fudge or caramel, as the mysterious gelati blends both Italian ice and custard into one delectable creation. Also available are milkshakes, hot chocolate, coffee, and Philadelphia-style hot pretzels.