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This rocking chair rocks!

This rocking chair rocks!

    One of our clients was expecting a baby and wanted to change the upholstery of her glider.  So our tailor removed each section one by one and changed it to the new fabric that the client wanted. The previous fabric was mint green and the new fabric is beige and black striped. Needless to say, she was very pleased and happy. I’m sharing some of the photos we took as the different sections were being...
2012 September Green Street Fair

2012 September Green Street Fair

We hosted a booth at the Burlingame Green Street Fair for the first time this year. It was great to see so many people concerned and aware of sustainable practices in our own neighborhoods. There was great music, food, and a host of different green businesses that were out there that...

Thinking of Mothers this Mother’s Day

I wanted to post this picture of a velvet coat with silk lining that a customer recently brought in for cleaning. She said it was worn by her mother’s great-grandmother, and so, it was over 100 years old! It was the first time that she was getting it cleaned since inheriting it. It’s truly awe-inspiring for me to think that such a garment with sentimental value could be passed down so gently from generation to generation. I know that I tend to keep a lot of items myself. I kept certain toys and dresses my younger sister wore 25-30 years ago and had my own daughter wear the dresses. It just made it that much more special knowing that she was wearing something that her aunt wore so many decades ago. This Mother’s Day, as I reflect on all the joys and fond memories of motherhood, I thought I would post this special coat as a reflection and Ode to Mothers everywhere that make lives valuable and special. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all...
“Paw”fectly done alterations

“Paw”fectly done alterations

Did I fail to mention just how awesomely talented our tailors and seamstresses are? They are absolutely the best! Herein lies a taste of it… One of our clients had brought in a bear whose paw was completely torn off. We tried to find suede that matched as closely as possible the original tan color. It wasn’t an exact match but it’s hard to do so considering that fabrics fade with time and wear and tear. Voila! The tailors were able to re-create another paw for the little...

Original Jean Hem

So many people have asked: “What is the difference between a Regular Hem and an Original Hem?” And the answer is quite simple. When jeans were hemmed the old fashioned way, they were measured, cut, folded and sewn. Today, in the world of trendy fashions and often-times ridiculously expensive designer jeans, people opt to have the orignal hem with frayed edges removed and re-attached to the bottom. Caveat: There are some tailors/seamstresses who perform a “fake” original hem where they simply cut the entire bottom portion and sew it behind the new hemline. The results are not clearly visible from the outside, but when you flip over the jeans, it is very noticeable and not appealing aesthetically. This creates unnecessary extra fabric. Not so with our experienced staff. We perform the REAL original hem. See for...

2011 Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls’ Club Annual Dinner & Auction

This post is a bit late since it was an event from October but I thought I would still share! For the 2nd year in a row, we attended the Annual Dinner & Auction which was held on October 13, 2011 @ the DeLue Clubhouse. Although we have been an active supporter of the BGC for over 5 years now, this was only the second time that we attended the fundraising dinner. That evening, we invited to our table just a handful of our fellow colleagues and special friends who have helped us in the past year in our business growth. There were a couple of special mentors who could not make it because of the distance and scheduling but perhaps next year. It was great fun with James winning a 2 night stay at the Ritz Carlton Club Level during a “Heads or Tails” game and the delicious food was catered by Outback Steakhouse! There were former SF 49er Football Players there and so many local businesses extended their support for such a great cause. It was a fun and memorable evening that we will remember for many years to...
Family Owned and Operated

Family Owned and Operated

Up until 2008, we had been using a Petroleum-based Dry Cleaning system commonly known as Hydrocarbon or DF2000 and noticed that James had developed red, dotted, and blotchy rashes all over his body. Naturally, we were concerned not only about the negative health effects of this system on us, but on our staff and clients as well. Moreover, environmental responsibility as a business owner in the community was also a great concern for us. We decided to become dedicated Professional Wet Cleaners in July 2008 and have never looked back. We are so glad that we switched. We love it and so do our...

2011 Clean Show

(Las Vegas, NV) June 06 ~ June 09, 2011 The 2011 Clean Show was a 4-day event, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show housed a host of dry cleaning and laundry related equipment and accoutrements in a huge warehouse-type setting. James and I, along with our other colleagues, were invited by Mr. Hans Kim, the Guru of Professional Wet Cleaning, to attend and to share our personal experiences. Of course, we were ecstatic about sharing our experiences with Miele and Veit with others since we switched to Wet Cleaning three years ago. Our experience has been nothing short of fantastic, especially because of the great machines that are a product of wonderful German engineering!   Representatives from many other companies came with notebooks in hand to gain insight and to ask us questions about Wet Cleaning! The Convention Center was packed with people from all parts of the world, Sri Lanka, South Africa, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, Chile, just to name a few. To all those who claimed that Professional Wet Cleaning did not work, well, I think the hundreds of thousands of garments being cleaned in the State of California alone proves on a daily basis that such beliefs are inaccurate!  I believe that Professional Wet Cleaning is the inevitable and undeniable future of the Garment Care Industry. A decade ago, the question may have been: “Does Wet Cleaning work?” but such a question today is indicative of one who has not kept up with the changes of time and the advent of greater technology.  The question that garment care experts should ask today is: “Can I be a successful Wet Cleaner?”   Participating in this year’s Clean Show was a great learning experience and an opportunity...