August 4, 2015 |
R AY AND TAKIYAH WALL, 41 and 35 respectively, of Lansdowne, are CEO and vice president of Got Laundry?, an on-demand laundry and dry-cleaning pickup-and-delivery service in the Philadelphia area. The couple started the business in 2009, offering a typical two-day turnaround for laundry but also next-day and same-day service. In June 2013, they handled the laundry needs of golfers at the U.S. Open in Ardmore. I spoke with Ray. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I've been a licensed nurse, and in the process of moving through hospitals and nursing homes I landed in home-care nursing.
May 2, 2013
C ENTER CITY RESIDENT HanNa Jung, 31, redefined her family's University City dry-cleaning business by adding a trendy boutique in October 2011. A Moore College of Art & Design alumna, she used more than $10,000 in personal savings for renovation and inventory. The businesses - Bonded Boutique and Bonded Boutique Cleaner - had combined revenues of about $400,000 in 2012. Previously, Jung was a product-development manager at Alexander Doll Co. in New York and also worked with fashion designer Jason Wu. Q: How did you come up with the idea for combining the two businesses?
March 18, 2012
Lots of vacation trips, on-site gyms, personal trainers, and paintball excursions are among the many benefits that companies offer. Some throw out the dress code. We asked about special perks and incentives that employers are providing. These are partial responses: Shire P.L.C. Benefits include a free on-site gym, bi-weekly deliveries of locally- and sustainably-grown produce through the Farm-to-Shire program, two on-site cafeterias, on-site conference center and catering, dry-cleaning pickup and delivery, and priority parking for eco-friendly vehicles.
June 11, 2010
Steamy shower sex is extremely complicated. First, you have to create "steam. " Technically, it's not really steam, since the water would have to be 212 degrees. Not even my wife, who gets comfortable around 200 degrees, likes her showers that hot. What people called "steam" in this case is actually a mist formed by the moist warm air of the shower coming in contact with the cooler, drier air of the bathroom. This involves getting the shower water hot enough and the bathroom air cold enough to produce the "steam.
June 5, 2010
New Jersey will use $5 million from settlements with three coal-fired power companies operating in the Midwest to reduce local use of a dry-cleaning chemical identified as a likely carcinogen. Perchloroethylene is a known central nervous system depressant. Replacing dry-cleaning machines that use it costs $45,000 to $60,000. There are about 1,700 in the state. The Department of Environmental Protection offers businesses $25,000 with the option of more if they convert to a greener, "wet-cleaning" system.
April 18, 2007 |
The rain-swollen creek that flooded dozens of Lumberton homes on Sunday and Monday had receded. Main Street was reopened, students were back in school, and utility workers were restoring power. Life in this Burlington County town was slowly returning to normal yesterday, even for the 70 evacuees who returned to properties that received minor damage. Many others, though, including Richard Nicholson, who survived the community's devastating 2004 flood, will have to start over - again.
November 19, 2006 |
LaMott Ebron, Jeremy Ortiz and Christopher Lawrence are as Philly as you can get. Inner-city teenagers weaned on cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and late-night games of pickup on dimly lit blacktop courts. But when they huddle in front of the television to catch today's Ford 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, each will think back to a potentially life-changing week they spent in North Carolina more than three months ago - and wholeheartedly root for a Californian, series leader Jimmie Johnson, to win his first Nextel Cup. Part of a delegation of 21 students from the Philadelphia-based Urban Youth Racing School, the trio headed to the Charlotte area in the second week of August for a whirlwind tour of team race shops.
June 16, 2006 |
Visitors to my kitchen often stop at the fridge to eye the photos of many youngsters. Bright smiles of happy nieces and nephews stare back at them. Just beneath these photos and above the letter magnets is an old, pink dry-cleaning receipt. Though crinkled, it is easy to see behind its plastic covering. In hurried handwriting, Claim Tag No. 1803 reads: 2/20, Mr. J. Riley, 382-0545. Some friends notice it and inquire; others assume my shirts are still hanging in the backroom of Cadet Cleaners.
April 5, 2006 |
Two days before righthander Kris Benson was scheduled to make his Baltimore Orioles debut, his outspoken wife, Anna, withdrew her petition for divorce. Anna Benson, an actress and model who has posed topless, filed for divorce in Atlanta on March 31. The petition for divorce claimed the marriage was "irretrievably broken. " Anna Benson's attorney, Jeffrey B. Bogart, said the petition was withdrawn yesterday. Asked why she changed her mind so quickly, Bogart said: "I think Anna did some soul-searching over the weekend and decided that she wanted to make every effort to repair her marriage.
November 9, 2004 |
The owner of a Wynnefield dry-cleaning business was fatally shot during an apparent robbery minutes after he opened his store yesterday, police said. A customer found Ki-Young Hong, 42, of Blue Bell, collapsed behind the counter near the rear of the store about 7:25 a.m., said Lt. Philip J. Riehl of the Homicide Division. Hong, who was married, the father of two boys, and a deacon in his church, was shot several times. He was pronounced dead in his store. His murder stunned both employees and customers of the business, Betty Brite Cleaners, on Wynnefield Avenue near Bryn Mawr Avenue, near SEPTA's Wynnefield train station.