Granby business shuttles parts and pleats
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO, Colorado
When Grand County’s only dry cleaning service closed its doors in 2008, it left area residents with nowhere to take grandma’s white linen table cloth before the big Christmas dinner and no place that could clean a velvet jacket in preparation for the holiday cocktail season.
It was nearly a year-and-a-half before several local businesses recognized an opportunity to expand their services by hauling Grand County’s laundry bags to Denver.
Denver at Your Door, owned and operated by Michael Olivo, started out as a courier service in August, connecting businesses in Grand County with Denver.
Olivo moved to Grand County from Castle Rock when his parents decided to retire here.
“I followed the family,” he said. “We’re close, and I was tired of how clogged up the Front Range was getting.”
Olivo’s greatest assets were his Dodge Ram and his willingness to drive. He put the two together and started a business picking up and delivering goods.
Much of Olivo’s business includes same-day delivery of car, truck and machine parts to local businesses; but, he said: “I can get just about anything that can be ordered and paid for in advance.”
Olivo’s service is faster than freight and saves business owners and residents time-consuming and costly trips to the city.
Shuttling laundry was a natural expansion, he said: “Real simply, somebody asked: ‘Can you deliver dry cleaning?'”
With the cost of running and operating dry cleaning businesses these days, it is standard practice in small towns to shuttle dry cleaning to more urban areas, Olivo said.
He did some research and found a well-respected dry cleaner in Golden – Geridette Schiavone of Continental Cleaners – who has been featured in the Denver Business Journal and on CBS 4 News for cutting her prices and making charitable contributions during difficult times.
When the economy tanked, Schiavone dropped her garment laundering prices by 20 percent. But she didn’t stop there. She also offers free dry cleaning to any customer who has been laid off and needs a set of clothes cleaned for an interview.
It’s on the honor system, Olivo said: “There’s no burden of proof.”
Olivo is also able to pass along Continental Cleaners’ longtime offer to pick up and deliver dry cleaning for funerals.
“It’s the last thing people should have to worry about when they are grieving,” Olivo said.
In October, Olivo rented a storefront in Granby, but his grand opening was thwarted by a severe case of cellulitis that proved resistant to the hospital’s strongest antibiotics and kept him bedridden for two weeks.
He is now up and running at 601 East Agate Street, in the Town and Country insurance building. The store is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Denver at Your Door offers a three-day turnaround on dry cleaning and charges $3 per garment, which includes all cleaning and travel fees. Domestic items, like comforters, cost $25.
Olivo charges $2 per item for public service uniforms, including law enforcement, fire department and emergency medical responders. Senior citizens receive the same discount.
For more information, call 970-531-5847.
– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or email@example.com.
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