Owner, David’s Dry Cleaners
Wife Lynn, a retired speech language pathologist; older daughter, Kasey Berman; younger daughter Morgan McGhie; and son Josh Reeves. Also nine grandchildren.
A Save-A-Life rescue dog named Oliver. “He’s a small mixed terrier of some kind.”
I’m from West Point, Ga. I went to (University of) Georgia where my major was landscape architecture. (After college) I went to work for a landscape architect from South Carolina. We moved back to Savannah in 1974. I was working as a landscape architect for Georgia Nursery. In 1976 I started my own design, installation and garden center and maintenance company, Reeves Nursery and Landscape Company.
Then my attorney had a client that had dry cleaners that he wanted to sell. And I was looking for another business. It was time for a change…I bought it in 1990. It was a substantial business. It was a big business…I was co-owner.
In 2006, I started David’s Dry Cleaners. We had the President Street location and the Habersham one. Also, since 2010, we’ve had the store on Pooler Parkway. We were there when they were building Publix.
years in the dry cleaning business
Going on 27 years. That’s a lot of years.
what he does
Everything. I really do. …You know, how to do the cleaning of the clothes, spotting of the clothes, minor repairs. And I do …the administrative part.
what does the business do
Just consumer garments and household curtains and drapes. We do bedspreads and duvets—comforters. The majority of what we do is just personal clothing. We do run two routes and we also do valet services (for hotels.) …You have employee clothes and you have your guest clothes. On valet service, we have 37 hotels in the Savannah-Pooler area. Most are downtown.
are you good at getting spots out?
We are successful..I will admit that some are not going to come out.”
why are you successful?
We just really have hard work and consistency…I have good employees and very good customers.
My best professional achievement is fortunately I’m there every day.
the most unusual things you’ve cleaned
I actually did an American flag, a large flag for the South Carolina State Firefighters Association. And I’ve done the Torah, the decorative covers, for Congregation Aguath Achim, the conservative synagogue in Savannah. And I’ve done bras for the Bras on Broughton breast cancer promotion.
Personal achievement: Marrying my wife. We’re going on 46 years.
I take it a day at a time. My future plans are to spend more time with my wife and children—and grandchildren. I’m not looking to expand at this time.
tips for other business
Just have to stay involved in the business and find and develop very good employees. You know, getting them oriented to what kind of product or service you want to turn out and (how to treat) customers.
what is your attitude toward your customers?
That’s what makes the business work.
things to avoid
To lose interest, to lose your focus. You’ve got to start over everyday.
why the Savannah area works for you?
It’s my wife’s hometown. I like the size, the location. I like being in a warm climate. I like being near the ocean.
Savannah is very good for your business.
People wear clothes.
do you have a mission statement?
Not really. Just do the best that we can for our customers.
We play that every day. We deal with traffic issues…(problems) when the power goes out. We do everything to meet our deadline.
We can do same day delivery service on request. (Also ) if it comes in Monday morning, then we’ll promise it back Tuesday afternoon. (In) our valet service, (clothes) are due back that afternoon.
That’s the challenge. You’ve got so many different types of pieces, different fabric, construction, a lot of pieces to be cleaned, finished, packaged up and returned.
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— Lanie Peterson