Clothes can say a lot about a person: a little black dress bespeaks elegance, while shorts and a T-shirt imply that the defendant is not taking this murder charge very seriously. Keep your reputation spotless with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of dry-cleaning services from Jet Cleaners in New Haven.
With more than 50 years of laundering tradition, the waterless washers of Jet Cleaners brighten dirty threads with dry-cleaning services fit for a variety of garments. Those with weekly laundry schedules can opt for the free weekly pickup and delivery. Those with more impulsive dry-cleaning habits can drop off items such as a three-piece suit by 10 a.m. and be able to slip into it at 4 p.m., in time for formal parties or enchanted conversions from mouse to coachman ($16+). Within the 5,000-square-foot, high-ceilinged facility, launderers also attend to blouses ($6.25+), jeans ($6.70+), ties ($4+), sweaters ($5.95), and shirts ($6.25+), giving extra attention to sensitive fabrics, exuberant colors, and high-tech utility belts.
Since Jim and Mike Amore opened Jet Cleaners in 1956, the place has become a rite of passage not only for Mike Amore Jr., who worked there as a teen and now represents the third generation of his family's business. The company's Facebook page fondly catalogs photos of staff through the decades, occasionally noting the growth of their careers and families, or marking their passing. The good feelings are mutual, as the community voted Jet Cleaners Elm City's Best Dry Cleaner and Tailor in 2011. Voting with their dollars, the Yale Repertory Theater and Yale Medical School entrust Amore and his team with their costumes and lab coats, a practice begun after hearing the school's dean relied on them to starch his upper lip. A light touch with these delicate materials extends to refreshing heirloom quilts and wedding gowns, as well as tailoring suits.
Wooster Square / Mill River
687-691 State St.
New Haven, Connecticut 06511Get Directions