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City Laundry and Cleaners celebrates 90 years in business
City Laundrys main branch on Rutledge Street today. Here is where all the clothes handled by all eight branches are taken to be cleaned then delivered back to the branch locations by the end of each day. The business moved to this location from Broad Street in 1975. - photo by Jim Tatum
Harvey Clarke, owner of City Laundry and Cleaners, chuckled as he remembered his first day at the business he’s run for the last 47 years. “I was a car hop,” he said. “We didn’t really have much parking, so I would be out there getting clothes out of the cars or bring the clean ones out -- those cars coming over the hill there would almost take your doors off!