The shoe man is a real treasure. In the past 3 visits, he's put new heel taps on a favorite pair of pumps, replaced the rubber sole on a fabulous pair of clogs, and dyed a pair of orange pair of slingbacks (what was I thinking!?). So now I have 3 "like new" pairs of shoes.
The alterations lady shortened the sleeves on 2 jackets and 2 suits for me, and she also shortened the 2 pairs of suit pants. Yes, I know how to sew. But with the exception of very minor alterations, I go to Ms. Kim. She does a nice job on my RTW and I'm happy to support her small business. It was sweet but somewhat sad to hear her story of her little son who's trying to win the McDonald's sweepstakes so she doesn't have to work so hard any more.
I always figure that the watch guy is slumming a bit when he replaces the batteries in my many fashion watches. His real business is restoring antique and vintage watches to "like new" condition. Yet, he and his wife are cordial and cheerful whenever I bring in a new set of watches.
My dry cleaner picks up and delivers to my office. It saves time, and the company uses an environmentally friendly process besides.
People that perform these kind of services are becoming fewer in number as the result of an increasingly throw away society. I'm so glad they're still around in my community and can help me look my best.