A warm clothing connection. Lapels Cleaners of Wilmette completes second annual winter gear drive with Connections for the Homeless

Lapels Cleaners of Wilmette, located at 819 Ridge Road in Wilmette, wrapped up its second annual winter gear drive to benefit Connections for the Homeless and the people it works with in the northern Chicago suburbs. Lapels Cleaners of Wilmette is a franchise of Lapels Cleaners, an innovative, environmentally friendly dry cleaning company headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts.

Starting on December 1, 2020 and running through January 16, 2021, Lapels Cleaners of Wilmette, accepted donations of new and lightly used winter gear; mostly consisting of men’s and women’s winter coats, hats, and gloves. All totaled, Lapels Cleaners customers donated around 700 pounds of clothing. “A year ago, when we were a new business to the area, we wanted to get involved in the local community. Connections for the Homeless is such a great cause it was a natural to want to help them,” said Fahim Zuberi, the owner of Lapels Cleaners of Wilmette. “In our second year of doing this, we couldn’t be happier with the response of our customers, particularly in light of the pandemic.”

Connections for the Homeless serves 2,100 people annually in 52 Chicagoland communities. Those services include drop-in day-time shelters, overnight shelter, housing, eviction prevention and advocacy. Lapels Cleaners cleaned all the clothing collected, which will be dispersed among people utilizing Connections for the Homeless services. “Congratulations to Fahim and the folks at Connections for the Homeless for the second very successful drive,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels and co-author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business. “Lapels Cleaners owners across the country are very active in the communities they serve, particularly during the pandemic. Lapels owners have donated clothing to local homeless shelters, donated to food pantries, donated masks, and so much more. We commend Fahim on his efforts.” For more information on the winter gear drive or Connections for the Homeless, you can visit connect2home.org or call 847-475-7070.

Lapels’ environmentally-friendly cleaning process has no odor and is gentler on clothes, thus lengthening the life of clothes. Additionally, Lapels Cleaners sets itself apart with its customer service. Lapels customers are greeted to a warm and inviting reception area, with friendly customer service representatives, and alteration services.
Lapels offers its customers Automatic Rewards earning them credit towards free dry cleaning for every dollar they spend, Loyalty Programs, a VIP Program which eliminates the need to wait in line, the use of a 24 Hour Drop Off Service and FREE Home Delivery to all its customers.

Hours at Lapels Cleaners in Wilmette are: Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm; Saturday 9 am to 4 pm. For complete information on Lapels Cleaners of Wilmette, please visit https://mylapels.com/locations/wilmette/.

Lapels Cleaners – Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
Each Lapels Cleaners store offers a full slate of services, including same-day dry cleaning; shirt service; tailoring; wedding gown preservation; suede and leather processing; box storage and fur storage. Lapels Cleaners has stores in Arizona (Buckeye, Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Yuma), California (Gilroy, Hollister), Colorado (Littleton), Connecticut (Cromwell), Florida (Fleming Island, Tampa); Illinois (Wilmette); Massachusetts (Abington, Allston, Bedford, Boston, Boston Seaport, South Boston, Brighton, Burlington, Cohasset, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Easton, Hanover, Hingham, Kingston, North Andover, Malden, Marshfield, Martha’s Vineyard, Newtonville, Norton, Stoughton, Waltham, Wakefield, Wellesley, Westwood, W Roxbury and Wilmington), Mississippi (New Albany, Olive Branch, Tupelo, Oxford, Pontotoc), New Jersey (Brick, Somerville), New York (Latham), North Carolina (Charlotte), Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma City), Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg), South Carolina (Fort Mill, Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Carolina Forest), Tennessee (Arlington, Brentwood, Franklin, Germantown, Nashville), Texas (Brownsville, Little Elm, Prosper, Spring). Additional locations are coming soon to Bloomsburg, PA, Scottsdale, AZ and Brooklyn, NY.

Lapels Cleaners has received a number of accolades in the franchise world. That includes being ranked again on the 2020 Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list for the country’s top Franchise Systems. Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” is the best and most comprehensive rating of franchises in the world and is based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. Lapels Cleaners has also been named to Franchise Times Top 200+.

Lapels has also achieved acclaim in the dry cleaning industry. Lapels Cleaners CEO Kevin Dubois is the co-author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business, sold on Amazon.com.

Lapels Cleaners corporate offices are located at 962 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

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