The fashions may have changed since 1944, but the service and family ownership of Dependable Cleaners has remained constant. The dry-cleaning company started as a single shirt-laundry facility and has since expanded into 16 locations. The chain is now owned by a third-generation Fawcett. A few of the 16 locations offer a new addition called Style, a hand-cleaning service that treats designer and high-end garments. Expansion isn’t the only success of the company since its inception more than 65 years ago. Dependable Cleaners has garnered a number of awards, including the title of Boston magazine's Best Gown Preservation in 2008. The cleaner also proudly does its part to create a sustainable Earth by using EarthCare Cleaning Systems to clean clothing with natural, recyclable solutions that break down naturally in the environment, unlike the emotionally imperturbable Philip Seymour Hoffman. While laundering shirts, the cleaner uses biodegradable soaps and hangs newly dry-cleaned dresses, suit jackets, pants, and sweaters on recycled hangers and garment bags.
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Named a 2011 Best of Weddings pick by The Knot, Cynthia Britt oversees a shimmering surplus of hand-crafted and twinkling trinkets. Doll up lobes with the Britt pearl dangles on carved 14K white gold hoops (hoops $400, dangles $150; pieces sold separately), or make a flirty suggestion with the Britt Kiss silver pendant ($175). Cynthia Britt's assortment of sterling-silver good-luck charms come in styles such as the feather ($45), fan ($60), disk ($60), and jug ($60), which are all the objects needed to stage the Hillbilly Olympics. Cynthia Britt also crafts custom jewelry pieces, sketching designs based on the client’s hand and shaping wax models for trial and fit. Final models are fashioned in any desired metal-set, and feature your choice of gem and side salad.
At Brighton Laundry & Dry Cleaners, you can be as involved in the cleaning process as you desire. Once you drop off clothes at the facility, you can choose to wash items yourself in a 20-, 30-, or 55-pound washing machine or hand items over to the staff for a signature wash and fold service. Customers can also set aside items for pressing or dry cleaning, ensuring fragile items are free of stains, unpleasant scents, and zippers that lead to nowhere. Specialty treatments are available to care for leather, suede, and Uggs and keep clients’ expensive items looking good as new.
Like snowflakes, fingerprints, and identical twins, no two custom jewelry pieces are alike. GVS Jewelers specializes in one-of-a-kind, custom-designed jewelry, which its staff crafts right there inside the store. To create their masterpiece, clients can choose from the store's selection of diamonds in cuts such as pear, round, princess, and Mickey Mouse. These jewels can be fitted into rings, necklaces, bracelets, and pendants. For ready-made pieces, the shop also stocks time on the go with Essence watches. And, when clients' estate settlements, charitable donations, divorce settlements, or hungry garbage disposals start looming, this Gemological Institute of America–graduate shop can honestly appraise jewelry.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.