The dry-cleaning business at Alameda and Pass avenues has been known as Milt & Edie’s since 1995 although Milt and Edie Chortkoff have been in business there since 1989.
Now, there’s more to catch the eye than mere hot pink trim and window shades.
The gregarious Milt Chortkoff last week chatted and shook hands with customers, city officials and the artists that made his latest project a reality — a mural on a back wall depicting the evolution of laundry and dry cleaning.
At a windy dedication ceremony that included an apple cider toast, Milt Chortkoff talked about his days working for his father, who immigrated from the “old country,” and who was also in the dry cleaning business.
His parents came to the U.S. from Russia in 1920, he said.
“My father’s first job — because he couldn’t speak English — was delivering wet washes in the ’20s with a horse and wagon,” Chortkoff said.