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Labor Day.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it right.”  We’re proud of our staff for knowing what’s right and doing it, day in day out. Thanks for your talent, dedication and perseverance! We’ll be closed Monday, celebrating Labor Day with family and friends.

Who knew about new.

It doesn’t seem logical to wash or clean new garments, but industry experts recommend laundering everything that comes in contact with your skin. You never know who tried on the item in the store, but you will know for sure that you’re removing chemicals like formaldehyde use in the manufacturing process. Even 100% cotton is treated, be sure to prewash bedding, underwear, t-shirts and swimwear. Bring us the woolens, dresses and suits for cleaning before you enjoy wearing your newest.

Closet cleanser.

Rainy summer day? Take an hour and clear some closet space with these tips from Real Simple. Start by pulling bad bridesmaid dresses, old Halloween costumes and anything that’s stained, torn or ill fitting. Gone are super low-rise jeans, painful shoes and every piece of outdated trends, starting with velour track suits. Do yourself proud by losing anything that makes you feel exposed, fat or uncomfortable.

Oxford classics.

Menswear classic Oxford cloth shirts are the foundation of a quality wardrobe. Look for shirts made of quality fabric made with multi-twist yarn of long-staple cotton. Classic shirts have a center box pleat, 2.5 to 3” button-down collar, barrel cuffs and a 1.5” placket. When you find a good-fitting shirt that’s well constructed, buy a half-dozen. We’ll make sure they’re always freshly laundered and crisply pressed, starched to your wishes.

Hanging out.

The smell of fresh air from line drying is as pleasurable as knowing you’re saving energy. Consumer Reports suggests wooden clothespins and choosing a sunny spot. Shake items before hanging to dewrinkle, hang shirts from bottom, pants from top. Turn dark items inside out to reduce sun fade. Don’t line dry sweaters – they’ll stretch if not dried flat.