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Shirt Laundry Seminar – Littleton, Colorado

Shirt Laundry Seminar – Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Littleton, Colorado
“Producing the Best Shirt” presented by Jeff Allen of Seitz…We will start at the front counter with customer service and move through the complete process of the followin…

Shirt Laundry Seminar – Salt Lake City, Utah

 Shirt Laundry Seminar – Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City
“Producing the Best Shirt” presented by Jeff Allen of Seitz…We will start at the front counter with customer service and move through the complete process of the following…

Free Stain Removal Seminar Oct 27-29th

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From President Nixon:
Jim Orlin of Front Range Leather and I attended a meeting of Joint State Volunteer Leaders, at DLI headquarters in Laurel, MD on Wednesday October 5th,. The purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm on ways to improve our associations and strengthen our membership.
The meeting was organized by DLI President-Elect Michael Nesbit and included presentations by Mary Scalco and Jon Meijer
I’ll be reporting on the details of our meeting in our next newsletter and here on Facebook.
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Casper Star-Tribune
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Jerry Kelly walked under the red Wardrobe Cleaners sign to start his high school delivery job in 1953. The sign is still there more than 60 years later, and so is he. He co-owns the business, which is 100 this year.
Kelly Kerr also started as a deliverer there while he was in high school in 1981 and became a business partner almost a decade later.
“We thank the Casper community for the support and loyalty through the years,” Kerr said.
Mist hissed through the shop with the full crew of four working Friday. Kerr smoothed tuxedo jackets with irons and puff steamers while satin-striped pants emerged crisply creased off the steam presses. Later, he’d run deliveries.
Prom season is the busiest time of year, Kelly said. Weddings also will keep the tuxedos coming in through the summer, along with some dresses, Kelly said.
He steamed and loaded the dry cleaning machine in his back corner station. Prebble Perea worked a 1960s tagging machine a few feet away as she checked in garments between bagging clean items for pickup.
She’s the newest at 22 years on the crew, which feels like a family, she said. Her bosses taught her a work ethic she describes as: “You come to work, you do your job and you make people smile in between.”
Kelly can outwork people half his age, and she can count on one hand the days he’s missed in the past two decades, Perea said. Kerr can tell her who customers are when they pull into the parking lot, along with their tag color and number of items, she added.
“He has a memory like no person I’ve ever met,” Perea said.
Not everyone can take the heat of dry cleaning, literally, or the eight hours a day on foot, Kelly said. Other occupational hazards include occasional burns, like the time years ago when Perea backed into a steam pipe, she said.
“I was the first to be branded,” Perea said. “You could read the numbers on my leg.”
Kelly doesn’t know who opened Wardrobe Cleaners in 1916 on the corner of Second Street and a dirt road that would become Fenway Street. But it was and is a strategic location, he said. The middle part of the building is the original shop.
The first owners sold the business to the Gilardi family, whose contracts included the U.S. Army air base west of town during World War II. They sold the shop after the war to Kelly’s first bosses, Carl and Madeline Williams.
Kelly took over the business in 1961 with the Williamses’ son, Carl “Bud” Williams. Kerr joined as a business partner after Bud retired in 1990.
The best part of the job is their crew and customers, the owners said. They’ve cleaned Casper College theater costumes, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels uniforms and Jon Bon Jovi’s concert duds, Kerr said.
They’ve been called on to save the day countless times. There was the mother who blew fireplace dirt through the vacuum cleaner onto her daughters’ dresses on prom afternoon.
“They called, and there were tears and everything else,” Kerr recalled. Kelly picked up the dresses and cleaned them in time for the dance.
Then there was the time a secretary of state had to throw her white skirt over the office door and hide behind it. They cleaned a large coffee stain so she could get to a candlelight vigil during the first Gulf War, Kerr said.
Most of the regular customers are professionals, like Mark Zaback, who stopped in on Friday. The Jonah Bank president has been taking his work clothes there at least every other week for the past decade, he said. When Kerr delivers them to his house, he always remembers a bone for his dog, he said.
“Kelly and his entire staff serve you with a smile and make you feel special,” he said.
The owners have seen the rise of casual styles edge out dry cleaning shops across Wyoming and the country.
“Our main competition is the manufacturer, and keeping up with what they put out,” Kelly said. Declining quality and ways a growing variety of fabrics and dyes must be treated also add to the challenge, he said. They’ve even started to see clothing and bedding labels warning not to wash or dry clean, Kerr said.
“If you’re really not on your toes and know your fabrics and what you can do and can’t do with them, you’ll end up just buying people clothes all the time,” Kelly said.
The owners have raised three children each while running the shop, Kelly said. It’s not a matter of having to work now, as he nears his eighth decade, as much as where he’d find someone to do his job. Plus, he still enjoys it.
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