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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:44:14 AM
What is the turnover rate to have something cleaned and pressed. Say you drop it off on a Monday...when would you expect it to be done?


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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:45:14 AM
They should tell you, and it should be on your drop-off receipt.

I always ask for a discount if they're not on time.

Hope this helps

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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:48:53 AM
Honestly, I rarely use a dry cleaner...and you would laugh if I told you why I was asking...but I was just curious what the normal turnover time was.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:50:43 AM
Depends on what it is. If I drop off shirts first thing in the morning I can pick them up in the afternoon. Heavy stains or specialty items are usually next business day or two days.

To be honest, I usually drop off and pick up on Fridays, so it doesn't matter to me - the dry cleaner is next door to my daughter's ballet studio, so it prevents a special stop to drop off or pick up. I just take the week's cleaning one Friday and pick it up the next. My DH has his shirts on a rotation, so he has it set up so that it works just right to have shirts out for several days. (And I don't wear clothes that need to be dry cleaned - only special occasion items - so I couldn't care less.)

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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:52:04 AM
If I drop in the morning, it must be available that day. I only use same day service. If I drop later in the day, I expect it next morning. I don't have a lot of patience for dry cleaning that takes longer than that. I expect it done well and fast.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:52:11 AM
MY DH managed a dry cleaners and if it was dropped off for just a regular cleaning, no spots or stains or special instructions before 11am it would be available for pick up after 5 same day. If special instructions it would be next day


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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:55:37 AM

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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:56:45 AM
When I lived in a small town and there was only one dry cleaner, they usually took 4 or 5 days. Here, where there is plenty of competition, things are always ready next day.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:56:47 AM
If I drop it off by 5pm, it is ready after 5 the next day unless I request expedited service.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 9:17:54 AM

When I lived in a small town and there was only one dry cleaner, they usually took 4 or 5 days. Here, where there is plenty of competition, things are always ready next day.


So, this is kinda where I'm coming from...and I'm really just being a little critical, I guess...especially since it concerns me not at all.

I live in a small town and we've been here for a little over 16 years now...so not like it's anything new. But sometimes I chuckle at what people here get excited about.

We have a community Facebook page that runs a little bipolar...sometimes it's a bitch fest that would make the peas run and hide and other times it's all roses and sunshine. And I am *addicted* to reading it every single day.

It's like 2peas, only with people I recognize when I go grocery shopping.

Anyway, today, in between heated discussions of conceal and carry at our city hall and the shortage of funding to our schools, was this shout out to our local dry cleaners for their 'Most Excellent' customer service.

She had dropped off her husband's police uniform on Monday and needed it by Thursday...she knew that was pushing it. Really? Pushing it, I thought. And then she found out he needed it a day early and much to her surprise, the cleaner's promised her the uniform by 6pm on Wednesday!! Yay!!

Now, don't get me wrong...I think that's great and I'm glad to see it made her very happy, but *I* man, my expectations must be way too high because I'm thinking 24 hours, two days tops.

And then it made me laugh because I once I made the mistake of saying it would be nice to have a Dairy Queen (or something) in our town and I got the beat down about how much that would cost...it's small for a reason, you know. And if you live here, you should really expect nothing more. No growing, no improvement. Just the same. Always the same. Unless it's a bank. Or a coffee house. We have 390235 of those.

Oh, and we're getting a QT (seriously excited for that) but the FB page is *filled* with concerns about the traffic problems it's going to cause getting in and out of it.

Anyway, down with the QT and all the crazy traffic it's going to cause and hurray to the dry cleaners that takes a week to clean your clothes. Small town life.


~Kristen~

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Posted: 6/18/2013 9:22:40 AM
A lot of the smaller dry cleaners don't even clean them on site, they send them out. So that is why it takes longer. The small town I used to live in was like that. No same day service ever. 48 hours was the norm.



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Posted: 6/18/2013 9:28:36 AM
At my drycleaner if I drop off on Monday it's ready on Tuesday afternoon. Unless it's a specialty item like my down comforter - it take a few more days.

But thanks for the reminder - I dropped clothes off at the drycleaner probably a month ago and never picked them up.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 9:36:46 AM

OMG! Did you spill red wine on your Mom's white leather bustier and jacket and now need to pretend to be the girlfriend of the nerd who mows your lawn, to pay for it?




LOL! But don't worry if you fall for him, the nerd grows up to be a super hot doctor!

I thought all small towns already had a Dairy Queen.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 9:49:42 AM
What is a QT?


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Posted: 6/18/2013 9:54:40 AM
Monday in the morning? Tang usually says Thursday because he knows we don't need our stuff in a hurry, but if I request something same day, he will have it ready by 5:00. We know him very well and he is extremely accommodating.

We also use him for tailoring, alterations, and repairs.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 10:01:23 AM
QT rocks!


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Posted: 6/18/2013 10:02:36 AM
LOL, I believe QT is just another convenience store. QwikTrip, I think.

I don't know if my current small town or my even smaller hometown has an FB page. Whenever we go home for Christmas or whatever though, I *always* read all the available copies of the local newspaper for the laughs. They practically have to create news there to have something to write about.

So KiKi I understand your guilty pleasure

It's always an amusing read.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 10:08:34 AM
I usually drop mine off on my way to work, so a little before 8. Without fail, they say it will be ready that evening after 6. I leave work at 5, so I usually pick up the next morning.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 10:14:25 AM
Yes,QT is Quiktrip...the best convenience store in all the land.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 10:50:19 AM
I just want to say hooray for QT.

Not sure I could live without my QT



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Posted: 6/18/2013 10:57:45 AM
Our dry cleaners sends stuff off site and as long as we get it there by 9:00 am, it'll be back by 5:00 pm.

I think it's crazy to drop something off on Monday and have it take almost a week. The only thing that takes that long, in my experience, are specialty items like wedding gowns or comforters.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 11:03:10 AM
Mine is next day..but drop off/pick up is at my grocery store, not an actual dry cleaner.

I'm not currently in a small town, but when I was, we had a Dairy Queen ...and a bowling alley! Woot!


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Posted: 6/18/2013 11:31:59 AM
I beg to differ - QT is not 'just another convenience store' They are the best! What a superb business model!

Oh, and I live in a small town and haven't used the dry cleaner in years - just to stay on topic

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Posted: 6/18/2013 11:34:12 AM
So what in the world makes QT a great convenience store? I have always thought convenience stores are all basically the same. I'm interested to know what could engender such enthusiasm about one.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 11:38:53 AM
QT is amazing bc of their soda fountain.

They have a soda fountain the size of an entire wall. You can pick what kind of ice you want, soda, flavorings. They have 8 different kinds of brewed iced tea. A whole wall of coffee, espresso machines, and flavorings for those. About a dozen slurpee flavors. A machine to make your own milkshakes. Fruit smoothies.

If you like Sonic drinks it's kind of like if you could go inside sonic and have access to all their stuff to make your own drink.

ETA: And their customer service reminds me of chick-fil-a. Everyone who works there is super friendly. Smiles, talks to you, says ma'am/sir. There are always at least 4 employees on duty. They are constantly cleaning.

It's very clean, bright, friendly.

It's also a huge store. Much bigger than most gas station convenience stores.





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Posted: 6/18/2013 1:31:27 PM
Big question -- is the work done ON-SITE, or sent out? 4-5 days turn around, they are sending the work out to someone else.

On-site places, like our usual dry cleaners: I have dropped an item off (I was able to tell them the type of stain and when it happened) and had it back later the same day. The only things they do not do there is leather/suede items, those are sent out to another company.

I have also gone to them for doing alterations and those are often done within an hour. Add dry cleaning or steam pressing, and it can be done (extra fee) in two hours.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 1:37:44 PM
In by 8, out after 5. In after 8, out after 5 the next day. Pretty standard here.

I have fond memories of coffee stops at the QT at the Platte City exit on I-29 heading back to the 'Ville after some fun in KC. But here in Texas we have Buccee's, which is like QT on extra strength steroids.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 1:40:56 PM

So what in the world makes QT a great convenience store? I have always thought convenience stores are all basically the same. I'm interested to know what could engender such enthusiasm about one.


Oh, so many things make them better than any other convenience store.

First, and most importantly, they have crushed ice. Or cubed, if that's your fancy...but crushed is mine.

The variety of fountain drinks is huge...including four different types of teas.

They have about 10 different slurpee machines, a shake maker, an ice cream bar. Hot dogs and nachos with every topping imaginable available.

Fresh fruit, salads and yogurts.

AND, the place is always sparkling clean, the service is known for its friendliness and its speed.

And they have crushed ice.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 2:00:21 PM
Now that I'm thinking of it, I think might be same day service if you get it there in the morning. But since I pick up every month or so, it doesn't really concern me.


For you north east people (and I'm not sure where else, although they have expanded to Florida recently and I heard we are getting them in GA), QuikTrip is similar to WaWa, but without the cook to order food. And the new RaceTracs are REALLY nice too. WaWa is my favorite when I'm traveling for work - probably even more so than QuikTrip! But QT's employees are nicer. But new RaceTrac's have frozen yogurt... It's a toss up!


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Posted: 6/18/2013 2:41:18 PM
The place I went to usually had everything back in 2-3 days. They could do same day service but it cost extra. I'd try to get things in well in advance of when I needed them, so I wouldn't have to pay extra.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 2:45:10 PM
In by 9 am, out by 5 pm, same day.




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Posted: 6/18/2013 4:36:21 PM

WaWa is my favorite when I'm traveling for work - probably even more so than QuikTrip!


We have friends who moved to FL several years ago. They visit us at least once a year and they always tell us it is just because they miss Wawa and that if Wawa ever came to FL, they wouldn't be back. A few months back, I got a text with a picture of him holding a wawa coffee and it said, "see ya never! We got a wawa".

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Posted: 6/18/2013 4:47:11 PM
Wow, I had no idea about the QuikTrip. We had one move into an empty space in town and I was happy to see the new business but have never stopped in. I's 'fix' that tomorrow! Sounds like a fun place. Ours is always busy but I thought it was just neighborhood people needing a loaf of bread who didn't want to stand in a Walmart line to get it.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 4:47:46 PM
"hi, how're you doing?" and "see ya next time" are two of the reasons I love going to the QT... they're friendly, and actually acknowledge the customers when they walk in the store. They seem genuinely interested in giving good customer service, unlike so many other convenience stores and gas stations I've been in.

They also have a selection of 10 cent - 25 cent candy (mini Hershey bars, now & laters, individual pieces of bubble gum, individual pecan turtles, Andes mints, etc.) for when you just need a 'little something' and don't want to spent $2 on a regular size candy bar.

And their 'wall o' soda' is amazing!! (their Dr. Pepper rocks! They make sure to use filtered water for some of their soda flavors, too, to make sure they taste like they should.)

eta: and to stay on topic, I would expect 1-2 days for something from the cleaners, but like someone else pointed out, maybe your small town cleaner doesn't do the work on-site.)





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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:11:06 PM
In by 9, out by 5.

QT does rock!!! They have the best DP because they calibrate it exactly to spec.
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Posted: 6/18/2013 11:19:22 PM
Yup, busypea, it's CLEAN. Sparkling clean. And ours always has the cheapest gas, usually beating out Costco.

And the soda/drink section is incredible for sure. Something to behold.

ETA: It takes 4 days for us because my kids have silver decorations running down the entire side of their costumes that have to be individually covered in foil. Talk about special instructions. My dh's suits come back next day. Shirts same day.

That small town stuff is hilarious and sad all at the same time.


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Same day or next at the latest


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Posted: 6/19/2013 2:38:07 PM
LOVE QT (for all the reasons mentioned)....

but on the cleaners, 48 hours tops.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 2:44:16 PM
I'd be fine in your small town. I usually drop off my dry-cleaning on a weekend with no intention of returning until the next weekend. But the cleaners always want me to know I can come back sooner, even the next day!


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Posted: 6/19/2013 3:01:14 PM
I usually drop it off and pick it up the returning stuff once per week. BUT If I am in a rush and need it right away and I tell my dry cleaner he will do it over night. Once even the same day, 9 hours later.

He will do alterations in 1-2 days if needed as well but he prefers to have the items for a week. (which is still half the time of my local department store. )

I go there because he is flexible, courteous and professional.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 6:56:42 PM
ours always says "whatever date 3 days out", but when I ask if I can get it sooner, they always say yes.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 9:47:51 PM
Typically ours says 2 days after you drop it off (unless you get it there before 7:30 AM - which, let's be real, has never happened for me). So drop it off on Monday, get it on Wednesday after 5:00P. Or, drop it on Monday before 7:30AM and get it Tuesday after 5:00PM.

But, of you ask for faster turn around they always say yes. Because, there is plenty of competition... there is another Dry Cleaners in the same shopping center.

A better question for me is... How long will they hang on to something for you? Apparently I dropped off one of DH's shirts and forgot about it. When I went to pick up some things last week, they gave it to me (in a separate bag) and told me I had 2 orders. It had been there nearly 2 months.

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