Q: How did you get started in this business?
A: My dad bought North City Cleaners in 1979 and asked me to be his partner. I was 21 years old at the time and working in Holland, Michigan. My boss
in Michigan convinced me to take my dad's offer because he thought I'd have a better future that way. I received my initial training in the cleaning
business from Clyde Taylor, the former owner of North City Cleaners. I interned with Four Seasons Cleaning to gain some additional knowledge of the
cleaning business. My dad helped me to learn the ins and outs of managing a small business and I've been learning ever since.
Q: What aspect of North City Cleaners do you enjoy most?
A: I really enjoy the interaction with my customers and love meeting and getting to know new people. I actually enjoy pressing. It gives me a
feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment in finishing a job and making it look good for the customer.
Q: Tell me a few things about your company that would make me want to bring my business to you.
A: We try to be friendly and professional. We all take pride in our work and want to do what's best for the customer. We don't want to
be the cheapest cleaner in town - to do that we'd have to cut corners. Our goal is to provide a quality service at fair prices. We use only
environmentally safe solvents - so we do our part in being good stewards of the environment and having a safe work place for our staff.
Q: What are your plans for North City Cleaners going forward?
A: We will continue to put all of our efforts into our one and only store/plant in Shoreline. We're always looking for ways to improve
and innovate where possible. My wife and I have 4 children that are growing up all too fast. The oldest two have already been working in
the store when they're not busy with school and sports. The younger two will probably work here as well. Who know, maybe after college,
one of the kids will want to stay involved or maybe I'll help them get started in a business of their own.