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OXXO Blooms as Orlando Booms
Franchise Is A Pioneer In “Experiential Dry Cleaning”
Hollywood, FL, June 19, 2018 — OXXO Care Cleaners® , the most innovative, environmentally friendly garment cleaning franchise founded on the “We Care” philosophy, announced today that it is expanding operations in Orlando, FL. OXXO will be opening a new store at 190 Aloma in Winter Park, FL 32792.
Orlando Franchisee Reny Balsa, a food industry professional from Venezuela, knows how to cater to consumers who need fast, friendly, and convenient service. In Venezuela, Reny’s family owns the food company that services Grupo Polar’s cafeterias. “When I decided to come to the U.S., I identified Orlando as the perfect city in which to live and own a business, because it truly reflects the American Dream – from Disney, where all dreams come true, to the city’s fast-growing STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] sector. Orlando reflects the ‘anything is possible’ mindset, combining innovation and technology with a modern service that people today really need.”
OXXO Orlando customers love the unique combination of services offered—24/7 ATM pick up/drop off, boutique-style setting, mobile payment app, use of GreenEarth, and on-premises hand ironing. “People truly like the OXXO luxury dry cleaning experience, and we’re very excited about the opening of OXXO’s fourth Orlando store,” says Balsa.
OXXO’s Orlando-area expansion comes amid the metro area’s booming growth and popularity. For the last four years, Orlando has undergone a profound economic transformation, from its airport expansion to the luxury residential boom downtown. Companies like Amazon and Siemens have made Orlando their home. In the medical sector, there has been vast innovation at the VA Medical Center and Nemours Children’s Hospital. In education, UCF recently opened its medical school in Lake Nona, where there is an OXXO store. And in sports, the USTA just opened a massive tennis school and complex that brings together the country’s best players. Orlando City will open and become home to the Lake Nona soccer team.
Forbes recently planted the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metroplex at #4 on its “America’s Fastest-Growing Cities 2018” list. Forbes further confirms that Orlando leads the U.S. in STEM growth. OXXO’s next-generation, tech-driven approach to dry cleaning fits perfectly here.
OXXO’s Lake Nona Store: 12278 Narcoossee Rd #105, Orlando, FL 32827
OXXO is the only dry cleaner in Orlando that offers operational transparency, speed, quality, and ATM-style convenience. All Orlando stores have same-day service available when ordered before 2:00 PM, or the next day if made after 2:00. Dry cleaning is available at plant stores and via drop stores.
OXXO’s Southchase Store: 12147 S Orange Blossom Trl, Ste 102, Orlando, FL 32837
Guillermo Gallegos, owner of the OXXO Clermont store, brings business experience from the manufacturing and industrial sectors. He most recently owned a Home Depot-style store in Venezuela. OXXO Clermont serves Orlando’s Northwest region, specifically Windermere, Phillips, Occoe, Winter Garden, Oakland, Minneola and Clermont. Guillermo states that this region has shown great demand for OXXO’s pick-up and delivery services as a result of the growing presence of corporations and condo associations.
OXXO’s Clermont Store: 2430 E Hwy 50 Ste A Clermont, FL 34711
OXXO CEO Salomon Mishaan concluded: “We are confident that the personalized service and experience offered at our Orlando locations will continue to drive loyalty for our brand throughout the region. We thank Orlando residents for truly embracing OXXO.”
LOS ANGELES — NorthStar Moving® Co., self-described as the leading eco-luxury mover in California, announces a new partnership with WashBox, a high-end, locker-based, drycleaning delivery service. It indicates that this partnership will provide its clients with superior drycleaning service, steps from their door after relocating.
“A new dry cleaner is often needed pronto,” says Laura McHolm, NorthStar Moving co-founder and chief of organized living, “particularly if you are starting a new job! WashBox takes the hassle out of finding a convenient, experienced and affordable dry cleaner after a move, by providing everything in the palm of your hand.”
The new partnership ensures that the moving company’s clients “avoid the hassle of finding a qualified dry cleaner in their new neighborhood, while bringing an innovative level of convenience to a new home,” it explains.
“When you move we know there is a long list of new service providers to hunt down. That’s why we have added WashBox to our partners, eliminating the search for a trusted drycleaning service,” McHolm points out.
WashBox notes its mission is to provide clients with exceptional drycleaning and laundry services in the most convenient, secure and affordable way, while also being environmentally friendly. The WashBox family has been providing the highest quality drycleaning services since 1924.
Today, it relates, the firm offers a mobile three-step locker solution. First, simply drop off clothing in a locker in one of their 500 residential building locations and set a 4-digit pin. Second, place the order on their app. Lastly, receive a text or email when your order is ready, go to the locker and enter the 4-digit pin to pick up your freshly cleaned items.
WashBox notes that it owns and operates a drycleaning plant that is conveniently located in Los Angeles. By operating out of a very large industrial facility, it relates, it reduces chemical and energy consumption and increase efficiencies.
Electricity used in their cleaning plant is purchased from renewable energy generators such as hydroelectric, wind or solar power facilities. It uses GreenEarth Cleaning solution, which is non-hazardous and non-toxic to the environment.
British Frozen Food store ‘Iceland’ is looking to ban Palm Oil in its own branded products by the end of 2018. One of the food retailers outside of the big four Supermarkets, feels that the production of Palm Oil in South East Asia, is not sustainable and in fact it’s their opinion that harvesting Palm Oil is having a devastating effect, which is why they have taken the decision.
They will still however continue to stock products by other brands that may contain Palm Oil but hope their decision might influence others. Iceland have also committed to removing plastic from its own branded products by 2023.
After the end of the year, their own products will carry a ‘No Palm Oil’ sticker, which features an image of an orangutan.
Chances are Palm Oil is found in many products found around the home, from Biscuits to Soap and Iceland were first alerted to the full details of Palm Oil harvesting by Greenpeace.
Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland has stated:
“Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest destruction, we are simply saying ‘no to palm oil’. We don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘sustainable’ palm oil available to retailers, so we are giving consumers a choice about what they buy”
Why is Palm Oil considered to be controversial?
- Palm oil production is said to have been responsible for about 8% of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008, which also has a knock on effect on the wild life that live there.
- Burning large areas of forests to clear areas where oil palms can be grown has also been blamed for high levels of air pollution in South East Asia
- Some experts say eating palm oil is unhealthy because it is high in saturated fat
EU labelling laws were changed in 2014 so products must now state specifically if they contain palm oil.
Iceland Frozen Food’s annual commitment to Palm Oil is 500 tonnes. Whilst this is a drop in the 400,000 tonnes that comes into the U.K. each year, it is definitely a step into the right direction.
By: Garry Knox
OXXO Care Cleaners Announces New Investment Model for
Multiunit Operators at Finance Conference
Hollywood, FL, May 7, 2018 — OXXO Care Cleaners® , the most innovative, environmentally friendly garment cleaning franchise founded on the “We Care” philosophy, will announce a new multi-unit investment model at the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas. Salomon Mishaan, CEO, will deliver a presentation on OXXO’s innovative franchise to multi-unit operators and investors at the show.
“Our investment model has evolved significantly over the last year. We now offer more opportunities for multiunit operators that want to diversify. From super plant stores, to plant stores to pickup and delivery trucks to drop stores, OXXO’s new program is set up so that seasoned multi-unit operators can invest in five or more OXXO units easily and cost effectively. As an incentive, multiunit owners who purchase more than five units can save 50% off their franchise fee. With this, we aim to replicate our success in Florida, and accelerate growth in attractive markets with new Partners,” said Salomon Mishaan, CEO of OXXO Care Cleaners.
The US $9Billion dry cleaning industry today is increasingly promising for franchises with proven business models with 36,253 units employing 144,422 people. Traditional models are being phased out and stricter environmental standards provide a great space for new players.
OXXO is the most innovative dry cleaning franchise on the market today. OXXO’s goals in 2018 include the following:
- Replicate the Florida experience, where OXXO is the largest Dry Cleaning Franchise, in others States.
- Establish the OXXO business model and store concept the most attractive investment in the Dry Cleaning Industry.
- Reach the highest retention rate in the Dry Cleaning Industry.
- Achieve at least a 90% customer satisfaction level.
“A great franchise is not born solely from using modern high-tech machinery and a novel idea. The OXXO franchise is based around a single core value: caring. It’s not just “green”; green is a by-product of caring. We care for the environment, our customers, our workers, and the clothes we handle. Everything we do is executed with a passion for caring,” adds Mishaan.
From an operational perspective, OXXO processes and equipment have been designed and selected to achieve low cost through technology and high operational efficiency. OXXO satisfies all current environmental regulations and uses GreenEarth solvent. OXXO was created and its sites are selected to serve a finely defined target market.
Since launching the franchise in 2002, OXXO Care Cleaners® has expanded to 60 locations worldwide with a strong presence throughout the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States and International. Inspired by rapid growth and a pioneering business model, the brand’s new expansion goals are very optimistic for 2018. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
The year 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, or GreenEarth Day as we like to call it, and currently this celebration is recognized as the largest secular observance in the world.
There are an estimated over 5,000 environmental groups in 184 countries focused on educating and activating the world’s population to encourage policy change and influence positive human behavior.
The participants worldwide for Earth Day are estimated to exceed well over 1 billion people.
Countless conservation and sustainability projects are being promoted on every possible channel imaginable focused on this day.
With the culture and mission of GreenEarth Cleaning so aligned with the spirit of Earth Day, it is understandable that it takes on the feeling of a birthday celebration for the GreenEarth family.
GreenEarth Cleaning sees our focus to help this industry follow our lead in promoting year-round attention to sustainable garment care.
The message below went out to all our Affiliates worldwide in advance of Earth Day was meant to be shared with all and the message bears repeating.Happy Earth Day
What’s your one thing?
Why not make everyday Earth Day by making a resolution to take at least one positive green action each and every day? Doing one green thing each day is an easy enough promise to make, and you’ll feel good about keeping it
GreenEarth Affiliates, their employees and customers are aware of the positive impact that our commitment to sustainability benefits the environment.
On this one day, it feels right to merge our names here on this day, joining with the Earth Day celebration and proclaim that: GreenEarthDay is Everyday!
By: Joe Blaha
On Thursday 12th April GreenEarth® Cleaning hosted a Business Briefing on the subject of ‘Sustainable Aftercare for Garments and Textiles’ at the Marriott Grosvenor Square in London.
Keynote speaker for the day was GreenEarth President Tim Maxwell, alongside Louann Spirito of SGS and myself.
It was a great opportunity for us to talk a room of retailers, manufacturers and testing houses about the GreenEarth® difference and how it can make a difference to how retailers operate and to our planet.
Following the introductions, Tim talked to the delegates about what GreenEarth® is, who we are as a team and how important a role we play in garment aftercare. Talking not only about how at worst GreenEarth® performs as well as other solutions and in a lot of cases much better, because of no colour loss, no shrinkage and most importantly because it is non-toxic… particularly important for the planet and for those who work in the aftercare industry.
Tim highlighted how more and more dry cleaners around the world are using GreenEarth and that D5 the purest form of liquid silicone used for dry cleaning, is also used in many products found in most households, such as body lotions, shaving foam and deodorants. Then going onto make the point that GreenEarth is mostly recycled, loses less energy than other solutions and ensures that clothing and textiles can last longer – drawing comparisons with the key fundamentals of the circular economy.
Next to speak, was Louann Spirito, Director of Technical Support for the Softlines area of SGS. Louann gave an insight into the business and also her years of experience working in testing labs. Her recollection of how Perchloroethylene would melt the tongs she would use for textile testing, really got the delegates’ minds turning! Louann relayed how the use of the GreenEarth machine in Guangzhou, China has really made SGS look at testing within its global business.
SGS have had the machine in operation for over 2 years and has worked well to service retailers and manufacturers, particularly in the far east. Their evaluation is consistent with the excellent consumer experience of GreenEarth and again particularly around embellished items and leather garments. There are many challenges facing the Testing industry, which Louann talked through and one of those challenges is Sustainability.
The GreenEarth and SGS relationship is one that will last long into the future.
Tim then took to the stage again and talked about new developments within GreenEarth, particularly the increased use of the Activated Clay Filtration (ACF) programme. Using Activated Clay Filtration powder combined with environmentally improved detergent (Sustain) and Spotting Agent (Prime), affiliates around the globe are seeing even better results from GreenEarth with a reduction of energy and water usage by 50 per cent.
GreenEarth is now in over 40 countries via over 1800 dry cleaners and 2018 is looking like a year for continued growth and development.
It was my turn to speak to the audience, demonstrating some of the differences that we had seen on silks, leathers and other items, stressing how important it is to test to get the best results for them and the customer.
Sustainability has crept up the agenda of Fashion retailers significantly over the last 18 months and that has shown through the enquiries and meetings that we have had. I talked through the work that I have done over the last 3 years and how there are options to attend technical meetings or indeed for me to present to garment technicians at head offices.
Testing is fundamental to the performance of the garment and the customer experience. Delegates were able to see test results for themselves, the GreenEarth difference on leather swatches and pieces of embellished materials.
Attendees were able to understand how they could promote GreenEarth on their care labels, followed up with colleague and customer communications, informing them what GreenEarth is and how it can be accessed globally. The support that GreenEarth® is able to be in a position to give to retailers and affiliates alike is second to none, due to their customer loyalty and reputation.
Over the last 20 years, GreenEarth® has established its own heritage as a sustainable form of aftercare. It is by far the most credible alternative option to perc. Other entrants to the market may have an advantage over perc… but fail to tick as many boxes as GreenEarth® – the performance and environmental statistics speak for themselves.
As we approach Earth Day, we are proud to green and completely clean.
If you’d like to attend future GreenEarth® events, please visit our Events Page.
By: Garry Knox
Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) announced, in a statement March 14, 2018, the company sold its MW Cleaners business on March 3, 2018, for approximately $18 million.
“MW Cleaners operated as an independent retail dry cleaning business separate from our vertically integrated dry cleaning operations that support our formalwear rental business. As part of our commitment to optimize our portfolio, focus on our core businesses and unlock cash flow, we decided to sell MW Cleaners,” said Tailored Brands Chief Executive Officer Doug Ewert.
At the time of the transaction, MW Cleaners operated 38 retail dry cleaning, laundry and heirlooming facilities in Austin and Houston, Texas.
The EDIT TX group purchased MW Cleaners businesses from Tailored Brands on March 3, 2018. EDIT TX will convert 36 MW Cleaners stores in Houston, Texas and the MW Cleaners delivery business in Austin, Texas to Tide Dry Cleaners. EDIT TX will also begin operating the 2 Tide Dry Cleaners stores in Austin, Texas.
EDIT TX includes Tide Dry Cleaners franchisees that own and operate units in Amarillo, TX; Austin TX; Kansas City MO; and Lubbock TX. The multi-generational leadership of MW Cleaners are partners in the EDIT TX group. Michael E. Nesbit will be the CEO of the organization and the entire MW Cleaners team has been retained. The group said in a prepared statement, “EDIT TX is thrilled to expand the Tide Dry Cleaners brand throughout Texas with some of the most influential leaders in the dry cleaning industry.”
OXXO Care Cleaners ® Celebrates Earth Day with Incentives for Green Conscious Customers
Hollywood, FL, April 4, 2018— OXXO Care Cleaners ®, the environmentally friendly garment cleaning franchise that was first to use GreenEarth® solvents while offering 24/7 ATM-style service, announced today that the franchise will be carry out numerous incentives throughout the month of April for eco-conscious customers, in addition to community activities in celebration of Earth Day, and a 15% discount on all dry cleaning services.
“During the month of April, in celebration of Earth Day, we will carry out a Reuse and Recycle with OXXO campaign, consisting of two parts: The first involves incentivizing clients to recycle their OXXO hangers and garment bags by bringing them back to the store. We hope to be able to Reuse and Recycle as many hangers as possible, then send all unusable hangers to a recycling agent, incentivizing all customers to partner with OXXO to reduce landfill waste,” said Salomon Mishaan, Founder & CEO of OXXO Care Cleaners.
The second effort involves a “Spring Cleaning” clothing drive in which we are asking customers to donate unused and unwanted clothes (men’s, women’s & children’s) to Dress For Success & Suited For Success in order to help the needy and the environment, reducing landfill clothing and waste. Dress for Success is a Miami Non- Profit that helps unemployed men and women trying to re-enter the workforce. Their mission is to empower women and men to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.
Additionally in April, OXXO and South Florida’s Communities In Bloom (CIB) will continue their social responsibility partnership with several events to help underprivileged children (and women) in South Florida communities.
“OXXO is a proud supporter of a year-long effort organized by Sophia Arana and Evely Forte of Communities in Bloom to help the needy in South Florida. The 2018 program began with an event on March 24th at Touching Miami with Love (1350 SW 4th Street Homestead, FL 33030), where over 40 volunteers created beautiful flower beds and painted decorative pots,” said Mishaan. Touching Miami with Love’s children’s program focuses on inspiring, educating, and empowering needy children through educational support after school.
On April 15th, OXXO will support Communities in Bloom at Kristi House (301 NW 52nd Street Miami, FL 33127), a private, non-profit organization in Miami, Florida, dedicated to healing and eradicating child sexual abuse. Starting at 10am, CIB volunteers will create a backyard meditation garden and paint decorative pots for the children.
At the end of April, OXXO will sponsor two more CIB projects in celebration of Earth Day. These projects will be hosted at non-profits that benefit children, and they will involve painting pots, planting, and teaching children about plant care. Communities in Bloom is a non-profit,501(c)(3) organization dedicated to restoring the landscaping of local non profits that assist children in need. Their mission is to create beautiful green spaces, while simultaneously promoting a love for plants and the environment in the local community.
The brisk wind that blew over Kansas City last Thursday evening was all too fitting for a fall/winter runway. But the warm glow of the chandeliers inside The Grand Hall at Power & Light easily made up for it.
High heels. Glitzy makeup. Bright camera flashes. Kansas City Fashion Week was everything a fashion show ought to be—plus some.
Eight designers took to the U-shaped catwalk that night. From Liv’s fierce designs for women wearing sizes 12 to 36 to Nokota.Style’s distinguishable equestrian flair, this time inspired by the moon. With each and every collection, the venue’s art deco backdrop faded, only the runway in focus. By the last designer—LENZANITA Couture—the marbled floors, elegant columns, and gold accents were but a bokeh.
If I had to pick a favorite, this would be it. Anita Kealey’s fashions are truly pieces of wearable art. And her brand is entirely backed in sustainability. But it’d be hard to even guess that her creations used scraps from a local balloon manufacturer or now-obsolete media tape; it’s natural among otherwise classic shapes and lines.
As excited as I am for springtime, the olives, plums, slate blues, and heather grays LENZANITA featured had me yearning for a pile of fallen leaves. Any of the wools (from South Dakota-raised sheep, no less) would be a perfect pairing with those ankle boots in my closet, I daydreamed, sitting front row in my off-the-shoulder multi-colored maxi dress. When Kealey, herself, walked out, just imagine me as the heart-eyed emoji.
Chalk it up to this being my first fashion show, but LENZANITA is something special. I’m not the only one to notice, either. Publications like Midwest Living and Martha Stewart have already spotlighted Kealey’s work.
It’s exciting to see a Midwesterner making their mark—or the lack thereof—in today’s fashion. The industry’s future lies in brands like LENZANITA. The industry’s future lies in environmental consciousness.
By: Zarah Eads
CHICAGO — In this latest installment of Off the Cuff, where readers can meet and learn more about someone from the fabricare industry, let’s get to know Tim Maxwell, president of GreenEarth Cleaning.
Tell us where you were born, grew up, and reside today?
“I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where the family wholesale leather cleaning business is still operating. I moved with my wife Karen and my two kids, Kelsey and Kolin, to Kansas City, Mo. where GreenEarth Cleaning is headquartered, in 2006.”
Hobbies (that you’ll admit to)?
“I enjoy water sports (skiing, sailing and boating) and I am an avid downhill skier. Given my Canadian heritage, I am required to play men’s ice hockey league twice per week in order to fit into the smaller airplane seats that are standard issue today.”
What gets you excited at work?
“I enjoy the sense of satisfaction I get when our team is able to save a dry cleaner’s location from a landlord that is not renewing a lease until we present the GreenEarth option. With the built-in safeguards that are inherent in the system, hundreds of good operators have been able to save their families financial well being. Awesome feeling!”
Lastly, tell us a secret (keep it clean) nobody knows about you?
“My secret is that someday I hope to circumnavigate the globe in a sailboat…don’t tell anybody!”
March 20, 2018 – Southern California is synonymous with busy lives, which means finding time to fit in errands can be a challenge. Now, with Flair Cleaners free home delivery and pickup, getting clothing and household linens cleaned is more convenient than ever. Flair Cleaners, Southern California’s leading eco-friendly dry cleaners, serves residents in and around Burbank, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Studio City, and Valencia.
“Our customers lead very full lives, and any extra time in the day usually goes to family, friends, and relaxation. Our home pickup and delivery service saves them time and ensures they always have freshly cleaned clothes and linens at home,” said Gary Futterman, owner of Flair Cleaners. “This free service is one more way Flair Cleaners help customers reduce their ‘to do’ lists so they have time to spend on what matters most!”
With Flair’s new home pickup and delivery, customers simply leave their cleaning in a designated place where Flair drivers will pick it up. There is no need for anyone to wait at home for the driver to arrive. Cleaning will always be returned on the next trip. Since the driver will be in each neighborhood twice a week, customers can leave cleaning for pickup on both days, or the day that works best for them.
For more information or to sign-up, send an email to wedeliver@FlairCleaners.com or visit your local Flair Cleaners location.
About Flair Cleaners
With a reputation built on innovation and customer service, Flair Cleaners has been your Southern California dry cleaner for more than 50 years. And, while times and fashion may have changed, one thing has not: Flair’s commitment to help customers look their best. Flair’s dedication to impeccable quality and customer service began when the Futterman and Singer families first opened a dry cleaning business in Chicago in 1958. Their tradition of excellence continued when the families’ first Southern California cleaners opened in 1963. Today, Flair Cleaners has five Southern California locations – Burbank, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Studio City, and Valencia.
Flair Cleaners was one of the first cleaners in Southern California to adopt the GreenEarth dry cleaning process, the industry’s premier all-natural cleaning method. Flair’s state-of-the-art, highly efficient equipment conserves resources and safely cleans garments and household items. Its Hanger Recycling Program and The Better Bag help all its customers live a healthier, green lifestyle. Read more on Flair Cleaners, its community service, or its green environmental practices and awards on the website, FlairCleaners.com, and join the Facebook community at Facebook.com/FlairDryCleaners.
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OXXO Care Cleaners ® Brings Environmental “Relief” and a Green Cleaning Solution to Houston
OXXO Houston to open a second store
Houston, TX, March 13, 2018— OXXO Care Cleaners®, the environmentally friendly garment cleaning franchise that operates nationwide and was first to use Greenearth® solvents while offering 24/7 ATM-style service in a European boutique setting, announced today that OXXO Houston celebrates one year serving the city of Houston in March and the owners plan to open a new store in 2018. In celebration, OXXO Houston will offer a 10% discount to local business professionals and to all local residential neighborhoods throughout the months of March and April.
“We opened our doors a year ago. While Harvey affected residents and all local businesses, during the last few months, we have seen tremendous interest and repeat customers from local professionals and residents. Many of OXXO Houston’s customers are in the oil industry, requiring them to connect with other time zones, daily. Many must arrive at work at 3 am so, in this area, 24/7 service is not a luxury – it’s a necessity. They demand friendly and fast, quality service like our exclusive hand ironed service. Customers can see all our processes is “on site” in a clean & neat atmosphere,” explained Silvia Garcés, Store owner.
OXXO services the entire district, which extends a 7-mile (11 km) stretch of Interstate 10 (the Katy Freeway) from Gessner westward to Katy and extends south along Eldridge Parkway to Richmond. “Soon, OXXO Houston will offer Pickup and Delivery service, thereby expanding its reach, and, a new store is on the horizon, also in the Houston area. Lastly, we are thrilled to announce that we will be offering kiosks to local energy companies as well as drop store conversions,” said Salomon Mishaan, Franchisor.
Local store owners Mary & Silvia Garcés were former family business owners in Venezuela before migrating to the U.S. so they know how to provide excellent customer service. OXXO is the only green cleaning franchise in Houston to combine hand ironing on site and in front of the customer, 24/7 pickup and drop off through the ATM machine, the use of a dermatologic and eco-friendly cleaning solvent called “GreenEarth®,” instead of the commonly used chemical perc (Perclorethelyne) a carcinogenic which is unhealthy for both human skin and garments, all into a clean and neat boutique style concept.
According to repeat customer Paul Naquin, “24/7 pick-up and drop off is very cool concept. I brought a large load to get cleaned here. The staff was very thorough and took the time to organize and itemize every items. Really impressed with the prices too. Great job!.”
Bebe L agrees. “24/7 Dry Cleaners! Green Products, Great People, No harsh chemicals, Electric door to pick up your laundry anytime! They even use string w/ ‘Thank you’ note instead of trash ties for your Clothes. Classy! The actual Machines imported from Italy. Must go see! Love this place!”
“Entrepreneur” magazine just ranked OXXO® once again among the top five hundred best new franchises in the United States. OXXO is a CARE Cleaner because of our “WE CARE” philosophy and commitment.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Tuchman Advisory Group (T.A.G.) held an informative and successful meeting recently in Orlando, Fla., and notes: “The highlight of our meeting was touring the Walt Disney World Textile Services & Costume Processing Facility.”
“That facility cleans 30,000 pieces per day and approximately 220,000 lbs. per week. Our meetings were held in the outstanding conference facilities and restaurants at the Disney Boardwalk Hotel, and Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.”
The service and attention to detail by the Disney staff was uniformly excellent regarding every aspect of our meeting, T.A.G. relates, and notes: “We stayed in luxurious rooms at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.”
At the meeting, each T.A.G. member gave a presentation on the latest status of their company to the group. Topics addressed during the meeting included: healthcare, insurance, payroll/bookkeeping issues, 2016 vs. 2017 financial comparisons, status of 2017 goals, and setting 2018 goals.
“We were delighted that many of our members had their families join them through the weekend to enjoy the various parks at Walt Disney World,” the group adds.
The group’s next meeting, it indicates, will be hosted by Colvin Cleaners located in Buffalo, N.Y. in June, 2018.
While I like a good pub crawl as much as the next person, I’m currently more tuned in to the up-and-coming Record Store Crawls across the globe.
Get it? “Tuned in.” …Sorry.
Just step into my husband and I’s 700-square-foot apartment, and our living room is dedicated to shelves of LPs (all organized by genre, artist, and release date, of course) and a silver Audio-Technica turntable.
These collection events start in New York and Berlin on April 21, aka Record Store Day, with other cities following anytime between May and October. As per “crawl” fashion, the whole experience is community-oriented. You’re shuttled from record shop to record shop surrounded by individuals who are just as nuts about vintage vinyl as you are. Hooray! Plus, there are live performances, gift bags, and—my personal favorite—discounts to look forward to.
With LP sales on the rise thanks to hipsters like me, even new artists are producing vinyl formats of their work. It may be nice to snag the latest release, but I’m honestly more interested in what used gems I can dig up. And I like to think of it as an eco-friendly choice too. Records have been made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) since the 1950s. If you know anything about plastics, PVC is notorious for ending up in landfills and staying there. By buying that old Rolling Stones 12-inch, Mother Nature is essentially thanking me.
Purchasing second-hand is always the environmentally conscious option—and not just when it comes to music. We could be talking fashion, home furnishings, or cars, and the principle is the same. Just because it didn’t first go into a blue bin doesn’t mean you’re not recycling. Your decision is still a diversion of wastefulness.
I’m not here to promote going on a Record Store Crawl. I’m not advocating for you to like records, for that matter. But everyone does indulge in a guilty pleasure from time to time. Just know that it doesn’t always have to be brand new for you to enjoy it.
By: Zarah Eads
What is the most sustainable way to wash your clothes? This seems like a simple question.
But consider a couple of important factors that bear on the answer. For instance, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular sustainable economy, the washing of clothing containing polyester, nylon, and acrylic fibers results in some half a million tons of plastic microfibers going down the laundry drains of the world each year. This is equivalent to 50 billion plastic bottles being released annually into the ocean as a result of washing these textiles.
Just as importantly, disposing of garments quickly (as in the trend towards fast fashion) rather than caring for higher quality garments over a longer period adds significantly to the amount of textiles being discarded. In another report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, it is estimated on a worldwide basis that currently one garbage truck of textiles is being landfilled or burned every second!
From a sustainability point of view, we believe that the closed loop nature of dry cleaning eliminates the down-the-drain problems associated with the release of plastic microfibers to our world’s oceans. And it permits the long term care of high quality natural fiber garments thereby minimizing the damaging effects on our world’s landfills and from the CO2 emissions attributed to much of the waste created by garments not cared for over time.
Thus, the answer to what is the most sustainable way to wash your clothes is actually a trick question. For the most sustainable way to care for your clothes, and the environment, is actually to dry clean them!
By: Ron Benjamin
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Sustainable Aftercare Business Briefing
By: Garry Knox
For several years, GreenEarth has been working either directly with retailers or alongside partners, to increase our awareness on the global aftercare stage. The aim being to get them to recommend our unique Sustainable aftercare process, either through care label artwork or via communications to their customers and employees.
GreenEarth® has done this by meeting with textile professionals, presenting to their teams or hosting technical visits to the U.K. GreenEarth® Master Licensor, Johnsons Cleaners. We are pleased to announce that GreenEarth® will be hosting its first ever business briefing on Garment and Textile Aftercare on 12th April, in London, England.
The seminar will be hosted by myself and the keynote speaker will be GreenEarth® President, Tim Maxwell.
Tim will be speaking about the evolution of GreenEarth® and how it contributes to the circular economy. Other areas being discussed in the session will be:
- Garment and Textile testing
- Care labelling
- Communication to Customers and Teams
- How sustainable aftercare can form part of any Sustainability strategy
- The role GreenEarth® plays in all areas of garment and textile care.
We will be joined on the day by representatives from Johnson Cleaners and SGS to talk about the role of GreenEarth® in garment rectification and observations on GreenEarth’s performance when carrying out garment testing for retailers and manufacturers.
Aimed at senior textile and suitability professionals, registration is free, and places can be reserved by booking through the GreenEarth® website.
Keeping your eye on the GreenEarth® social media activity for regular updates and an overview of the event itself.
The GreenEarth Family
By: Joe Blaha
This GreenEarth family of likeminded environmentally progressive drycleaners is recognized to be the largest in the world.
Not only is GreenEarth without question, the largest truly “green “ brand to be offered around the world, it is also the home to an extended family of progressive industry leaders working together to change the future of dry cleaning.
Functioning much as a giant family business, GreenEarth Affiliates have continuously shared their best practices, operating tips, and support for each other, beginning with those early adopters in 1999 and now numbering in the thousands in businesses around the globe.
The operating philosophy of the GreenEarth Cleaning ownership and management team has never wavered from its commitment to continuously build on each other’s success and invest in researching the development of complementary technologies and chemistry that enhance all the positives to be found in the use of the GreenEarth solution.
GreenEarth has always been recognized as the industry leader of best in class marketing support that continues to evolve, keeping pace with all the latest tools and design products, helping Affiliates share the good news with customers, prospects, and their employees.
Families enjoy each others company, and we always plan to make as many face to face connections possible with our Affiliates, prospects, and the industry.
2018 already includes six opportunities for all to meet with our team in the US and Canada.
In 2019 the big events so far are to be found at the New Orleans Clean Show in June and our Kansas City GreenEarth Affiliate Workshop in September.
The complete listing is found below.Join us April 5-7, 2018 in Shreveport, LA for the SDA show Booth 612 Join us May 2-5, 2018 for the CRDN Franchise Meeting Join us June 8-10, 2018 at SEFA in Birmingham, AL Join us August 18 & 19, 2018 at Fabricare 2018 in Long Beach, CA Join us September 21-22, 2018 for the GreenEarth Workshop in Toronto, Canada
Join us November 9-11, 2018 for Drycleaning & Laundry Expo , Baltimore, MD Join us June 20-23, 2019 for Clean 2019 in New Orleans, LA Join us September 21-22, 2019 for the GreenEarth Workshop in Kansas City,MO
GreenEarth & Fashion Week Go Hand-In-Hand
By: Aaron Newport
It goes without saying New York Fashion Week is one of the biggest weeks of the year in the fashion industry. Fashion designers, models, and admirers alike all gather to check out the hottest new trends and witness the eccentric art that is fashion firsthand. Dry cleaners not excluded—in fact dry cleaners are an essential component that allows this train to keep rollin’. We should own it.
How cool is it to see GreenEarth Affiliates like Madame Paulette and Next Cleaners grabbing the bull by the horns. Of course so many GreenEarth Affiliates are out there doing exciting things and getting involved in their communities, but these are a couple of stories we’ve seen recently with New York Fashion Week.
If you aren’t already, maybe it’d be a good time to consider following suit. Even if you are not in New York, partner with a local designer and host an event during Fashion Week. If nothing else, get involved in the conversation via social media. All eyes are on New York Fashion Week this time of year, let’s be a part of that.
Not to mention all of the other cities which host their own fashion week throughout the year. If you are in or nearby one of those cities, get on board. As I said before, contact some local designers and put together an event in your store. It doesn’t have to be a full blown fashion show, but hosting a fashion/art open with wine and snacks is a great way to get some solid PR for your brand and make sure your community sees you as more than a dry cleaner. You’re a member of the community and a leader in the sustainable fashion movement!
Raul Solis, the designer behind the buzzy label LRS, held his fifth show on 24th Street and 2nd Avenue in New York City, at Next Cleaners, a dry cleaning chain. After waiting in the aftermath of a rainstorm among a hoard of kicky pant-wearing downtown kids, everyone shuffled inside, and the space turned into a kind of hipster sauna.
Despite the heat, the moisture, and the so-close-you-can-smell-the-nicotine-on-your-neighbor’s-hands tight space, Solis’s vision was excitingly refreshing. There were no models: Dry cleaner attendants (in LRS-branded aprons) carried plastic-wrapped pieces and hung them on a conveyor. The clothes were great, including an oversize biker jacket with a large circle scooped out from the stomach, a pair of jeans made of LRS patches, and a tight T-shirt with a rooster’s head.
Solis also collaborated with photographer Ryker Allen to shoot and print banal objects. “We shot mundane images like tomatoes and mushrooms and portraits,” said Solis. “We wanted it to feel mundane but elevating the mundane.” The concept worked. Never has a tomato looked so good, plastered on the upper back of a trench coat turned cape with versatile vent, dotted with wriggling bolete mushrooms. (A fellow showgoer noted, “It’s like some of that Chef’s Table show shit. It makes me want to cook. The ingredients look beautiful.” True.) Also, a familiar insider face made a cameo on one of the tunics: the enlarged visage of a handsome Johnny Petrozzino, a sometimes-model who also starred in the Helmut Lang Exactitudes campaign.
Sure, Solis’s Laundromat idea could come off of as gimmicky. During Fashion Week, many young designers are vying to be so out-of-the-box that their attempts fall short and become try-hard. But Solis’s focus on making the yawn-worthy great is what made his collection compelling. And fun. Let’s handle LRS with care.
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By: Mary Beth Almond | C&G Newspapers | Published February 12, 2018
OAKLAND COUNTY — Rochester Outreach and Charity for Kids, known as ROCKit, is asking local women to give new life to their special dresses for the organization’s annual ROCK the Prom dress giveaway.
For a third consecutive year, ROCKit is collecting donations of recently worn, floor-length prom dresses, as well as shoes and accessories, for its event — which gives high school teens free used prom dresses and accessories.
“I think every high school teen — if they get invited or want to go — should get to go to their prom,” said Kathy Campbell, who serves on the ROCKit board. “The dresses are very expensive — a lot of times you might think that you can get a dress for $100, but the reality is they are really more like $200-$300, and by the time you add jewelry and a shawl and a purse, it can be up to $400. So having the opportunity to limit that expense makes it possible for some kids to go.”
ROCKit, a program of the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, is collecting gently used or new items — including long dresses, shoes and accessories — for the event through Feb. 28. Items can be dropped off during business hours at Kidz1st Pediatrics, 2370 Walton Blvd. in Rochester Hills; The Funky Frog Children’s Resale Boutique in downtown Rochester; or Classic Lanes bowling alley, 2145 Avon Industrial Drive in Rochester Hills. Gowns in sizes 0-6 and 14-20 are specifically needed this year, according to Campbell.
The gowns will be professionally cleaned by Lapels Dry Cleaning, an environmentally friendly dry cleaning company at the corner of Rochester and Auburn roads.
High school teens from all over who show a student ID are invited to attend ROCK the Prom events to try on and pick out one free dress noon-3 p.m. March 24 and noon-2 p.m. March 25 at the Auburn Hills Community Center, 1827 N. Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills. Campbell said that any teen, regardless of income, can take home a free prom dress this year.
“Last year, 90 percent of the students were from northern Oakland County, but we did have kids learn about it who were from Canton and Chelsea and Bay City, and we don’t turn anybody away,” Campbell explained. “If a girl decides that choosing a gently used gown is something that they want to do to save on expenses for prom, we don’t (turn them away).”
The dress distribution event will include a gown and accessory salon for guests to review a collection of over 400 formal dresses, and a fitting room with staff to assist guests.
Last year, the event served 58 teens.
“Last year, every girl that took home a dress was able to choose two accessories, and they all did. … They left with a complete outfit,” Campbell said. “For the 58 girls that we clothed, it made a difference.”
Read the full article here.
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