Though Martinizing Dry Cleaning can boast of its being one of the largest dry-cleaning franchise in the United States, each locally owned store offers the same customer service and care that its first shop prided itself on upon opening in 1949. From the time it enters the store, a garment is thoroughly inspected more than six times as it goes through the process of dry cleaning, laundering, or mud caking for those who refuse all trends—such as cleanliness—in fashion. The technicians separate items that need to be laundered from those that should be dry-cleaned and offer special cleaning services for bulky items, such as comforters, and fragile pieces, such as leather, suede, and wedding gowns. For clients needing their duds in time for an important occasion, the shop also offers same-day service.
Served next to the high ceilings, sun-soaked windows, and fireplace of the Sunlit Room, afternoon tea at the Ben Lomond Suites allows diners to snack inside the former Bigelow Hotel, an exuberant Italian Renaissance Revival building constructed in 1927. Tea-takers choose from a lineup of local leaves, steeped and served alongside an assortment of scones, tea sandwiches, mini-pastries and a dainty dessert. Throughout the meal, visitors can tap along to live piano performance as elegant eighth-notes set a relaxing mood. Afterward, visitors can browse the work of the historic 25th Street galleries during the First Friday Art Stroll, where artists show off their aesthetic tours de force along with their Dali moustaches and Picasso-inspired perms.
Snapping memorable portraits of families, couples, and graduating seniors, Rusty Healey Photography specializes in capturing life’s most huggable moments amid an amenity-rich sanctuary of reflection. After conferring with the photographer to design a customized session, customers can pose for stunning shots in a studio equipped with a bevy of backdrops, a motorcycle, and meadow of blooming puppies. Wrapped in richly hued brick walls and wrought-iron doors, Rusty's warm studio allows subjects to relax and unwind while a makeup artist finely preens faces before each shoot. During the session, clients can change outfits two or three times as well as precisely rearranging features like a fetching Mr. Potato Head. More than 100 photographs are taken during the shoot, allowing clients to peruse more than 40 first-class shots before selecting one to have digitally airbrushed, printed in an 8”x10” size, and shown repeatedly to the family dog so it knows who the boss is.