What's the most harmful thing at this NE Portland dry-cleaner's business? Spoiler Alert: It's not dry cleaning chemicals.
BY MICKIE McCLURE, Owner of Tip Top Cleaners in Portland
I own a dry-cleaning shop in Northeast Portland. It’s a family run business, where I work alongside my husband and daughter. When we bought the place nearly a decade ago, it still used traditional dry cleaning methods that are harmful to our health and the environment. We knew that wasn’t how we wanted to make a living, so we replaced all of the old cleaning components and completely transitioned to a Green Earth system.
Just as the cleaning business has evolved, so has the way people pay for our services. Nearly all of my customers pay with a debit or credit card. Due to the excessive burden imposed by card processing fees, what my customers view as an everyday convenience is actually a major hit to our family’s business.