Burbank is so strange and wonderful: what with its three year-round Halloween stores, the century-old chili recipe at Chili John’s, the pop movie gallery Creature Features, I can’t believe it took me so long to notice the shimmering hot pink Milt & Edie’s Dry Cleaners right around the corner from Bob’s Big Boy.
I’m no expert in Martinizing or azeotropic distillation, but my visit to Milt & Edie’s was like taking a trip to Wonka’s chocolate factory. This amusement park of dry cleanery wins before the game even starts simply for being open 24-hours and returning your suit in 120 minutes, but it’s the endless stream of extras that made me just get up and dance. The fancy and free coffee station, the museum of ironing, the koi pond, the mural depicting a history of laundry, bins full of complimentary collar stays and emergency buttons. So many extras, so much heart. It was such incredible fun that I was in a hurry to get my clothes dirty again. As a topper, they mailed me a survey with a gift certificate inside. This is how it’s done, people. The owners have been in the business for more than 65 years—let’s hope they’ll be in business for at least 65 more. Long live Milt and Edie’s.