February 8, 2011
Flair Cleaners in Burbank has over the past year successfully asked customers to get their clothes naked — that is without all the plastic wrapping and other packaging. In an effort to reduce waste, more than 30% of the customers at Flair now ask for their clothes naked, said store manager Ron Roscoe. Flair Cleaners at 337 N. Pass Ave. already uses biodegradable plastic bags to hang freshly cleaned garments, but it wants customers to ditch plastic completely. Last week the store gave away a free reusable dry-cleaning bag to everyone who came in with two or more items to be cleaned.
June 4, 2012
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.
February 21, 2009
I admit that this latest work by director James Gray took some warming up to, but once I did, I began to feel the kindness of this story and sorry that I had resisted for as long as I did. ?Two Lovers? is certainly not the most conventional of love stories but that is the difference that lends to its charm. Leonard, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is a brooding, troubled, 30-ish man who is facing some problems getting his life together. Still living at home and working in his father?
October 9, 2002
Board denies Media Center project MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Plans for the $200-million Platt Companies development were unanimously denied by the Planning Board. Though city staff recommended approving the project, the five board members cited concerns about the project's height and size as some of the reasons for their vote Monday. The project will be reviewed by the City Council, and is scheduled to be on the agenda at its Nov. 12 meeting. "We're obviously disappointed by the vote," project spokesman Mark Wittenberg said.
September 18, 2002
Jackson Bell When Milt Chortkoff came out of retirement in 1988 to open a dry-cleaning business, he wanted to make it like none other. At his shop, now called Milt & Edie's, Chortkoff added a maitre d' to assist customers and offers complimentary refreshments such as popcorn and coffee. The shop, which is open every day of the year, provides seven on-site tailors, displays continual entertainment on TV monitors and offers faster service for many garments at no extra charge.
July 1, 2009
Complimentary dry cleaning for job hunters Now through Sept. 2, Flair Cleaners of Burbank will be offering complimentary dry cleaning to unemployed people at its five locations, including Burbank and Studio City. The campaign was devised as a way to allow those who are job hunting to show up with confidence in a clean, pressed interview suit without the additional expense, according to the company?s announcement. Los Angeles County residents should bring their most recent unemployment stub and photo identification each Wednesday to any location.
September 20, 2003
Jackson Bell In response to a decision by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to ban a toxic chemical widely used by dry cleaners, the city of Burbank will help local businesses ease the transition to more environmentally friendly technology by offering cash incentives. Last month, the City Council approved a program by which Burbank Water and Power will offer $2,000 grants to the first five dry cleaners that replace existing equipment that uses perchloroethylene, the banned chemical, with new equipment that runs on carbon dioxide or hydrocarbon.
October 30, 2002
Jackson Bell Dry cleaners across the nation, including Burbank, are up in arms as perchloroethylene, a popular cleaning solvent used among 85% of dry cleaning businesses in the Southland, faces nationally proposed regulation that would ban it. The contention lies in the potential health hazards of perchloroethylene -- better known as "perc." Although a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study states that dry cleaners have a 25% greater chance of dying from cancer than other workers, Peter Gharap, a manager at Allan's Dry Cleaning and Laundry in Burbank, isn't convinced perc is unsafe.
August 6, 2008
Among the signs advertising two-hour dry cleaning service and tailoring on the outside of Milt & Edie’s Dry Cleaners is a slogan, “If we were any more environmentally friendly, we’d be beating your clothes on a rock.” Since opening its doors 20 years ago, owners Milt Chortkoff and his nephew Michael Shader have found ways to make their dry-cleaning business more eco-friendly. A month ago, Chortkoff and Shader unveiled their newest addition: using biodegradable poly bags to cover garments.
August 20, 2013
A blaze at a Burbank strip mall last week took firefighters less than half an hour to extinguish, but recovery efforts could drag on for months for some business owners. The fire that ripped through Tina's Nails and Spa shortly after 4 a.m. on Aug. 13 caused fire or smoke damage to all nine of the business' neighbors in the complex in the 1500 block of San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.