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Newsletter Memorial Day 2017

We will be CLOSED

on Monday, May 29th 

in honor of Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, May 29th

Memorial Day weekend is here, signaling the unofficial start of summer.  Last week we warned you about the dangers the summer sun presents for your clothes; this week we wanted to remind you of the importance of covering up when you are out enjoying swimming and
other water sports.

The most effective way to protect yourself is to simply stay out of the summer sun in the middle of the day (10 AM to 4 PM). If that’s not possible, wearing a wide brimmed hat and a tightly woven cover up is essential. (Check out our link to some pareo tying tips).   And don’t forget to use your sunscreen – allowing time for it to dry as many of them will stain your clothes.

Take care and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend,

Patricia, Bake and Your Shaffer Cleaning Team

Thought for the Week

“America was not built on fear.  America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

~Harry Truman

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September Newsletter

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As Labor Day approaches, and we all prepare to leave summer fun behind, we wanted to wish you a wonderful holiday weekend.


If you’re planning on using the extra day to  clean out your closets and ready them for fall, this week’s tip on closet care should be interesting for you.


Hope we see you soon.

Take care,

Patricia and Bake Schaffer

In Celebration of 
Labor Day

We Will Be
Closed on 
September 5

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Closet Organization


1.  Give ‘Em Air.  Don’t cram your clothes into your closet.  Leave space between garments for easy air circulation.

2. Color Code Your Closets:  Your friends may tease you about it, but it really is a good idea.

It’s a fact.  When light color garments are stored near dark garments, the sublimation of dyes can occur. This is when nitrogen gas in the environment causes dark dyes to vaporize and redeposit on light garments, creating stains.

So stand up to the jeers of friends and family, knowing the practice of color coding the clothes in your closets helps to ward against the silent staining of your light colored garments.


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Could Mean Girls Really Be the Reason for the “Don’t Wear White” Until Memorial Day Rule?


If you search the internet looking for the genesis of the ‘white after Memorial Day’ rule, you’ll find some sources say it can be traced back to post Civil War.  Other researchers claim it was post World War I and pre World War II.

In both cases however, they blame the underlying cause on women in the upper echelons of society preserving their social prominence by creating fashion rules that were only known by their precious few. It was their way of identifying the nouveau riche, who would invariably violate the secret rule and when that happened, they would then be shunned.

Today, we all know the white after Memorial Day and before Labor Day rule. We also know it can be ‘bent’…

Having said that, there are two white rules that we believe to be true:
(1) only wear white to wedding if you are the bride and
(2) always trust us to keep your white garments clean and sparkling bright.



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We Will Be CLOSED on
Monday, May 30
in honor of  Memorial Day


Memorial Day has come to signal the unofficial start of summer, a three day long holiday weekend, the perfect occasion for a barbecue and the day after which it is acceptable to wear stark white.

But before any of that, May 30th was a day designated  as a remembrance of our fallen soldiers,  commemorated by decorating their graves – (the day’s original name was in fact Decoration Day). For more on the history of the day – go here.

It is an important remembrance, and while we all welcome the commensurate three day break, the underlying reason for commemorating this day is important. We remember why.  We honor those who served and gave their lives for our country.  We thank them and their families. And at 3 PM on May 30th, we’ll also share the 30 seconds of our National Moment of Remembrance with you and all other Americans.

We hope you have a happy and safe Memorial Day, and that we see you soon.


Take care,

Patricia, Bake and Your Shaffer Dry Cleaning Team

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Thought for the Week

“On thy grave the rain shall fall from the
eyes of a mighty nation!?”

~ Thomas William Parsons


May Newsletter

If you’ve ever wondered, “What’s the deal with the paper cover Shaffer’s put over the shoulder area of your garments?”, we’ve got the answer for you.

If you are looking for a perfect gift for someone this Mother’s Day, think about telling them you’ll take them to Talbots on May 11th, and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the American Lung Association.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, – just ask us.

Take care,


Patricia, Bake and Your Shaffer Cleaning Team


Insider Tips

Protect Your Clothes

Protect Your Clothes

When storing your hanging clothes, in addition to making sure everything has first been dry cleaned or laundered, you also want to make use of the white paper covers we place over your garments.
While you want to remove our plastic bags (they trap moisture and inhibit air circulation), you want to use the paper covers to protect shoulder areas from settling dust, light damage and dye sublimation.

Talbots Invite

Talbots Invite

Go here to print full size invite

Thought for the Week

 “Clothes change our view
of the world, and the
world’s view of us.”

~ Virginia Woolf


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April Newsletter

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White Tuxedo Etiquette- When is White Right?

When considering white you should keep in mind that (1) it is ideal in Tucson because it is strictly warm weather wear  (2) suit separates, featuring different colors, will visually divide a man in half (3) white adds weight, so is most flattering to the tall and slim body type.  You can never go wrong by sticking with the classic all-black tuxedo.
Remember too, that the white dinner jacket is a less formal alternative to traditional black tie. Under the strictest fashion rules however, its use should be limited to the tropics, summer months and open-air formal events.  For those among you who adhere to the strictest dress formality, as Esquire magazine once opined, a white jacket should never be worn in the city “unless one has a napkin over his arm or a saxophone up to his lips”.
For more information on making the right choices – neckwear, footwear, fabric, finish, designer details, accessories… go to Black Tie Guide.


Thought for the Week

“Dressing well is a form of good manners.”

~ Tom Ford


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While watching the most recent James Bond movie, I was struck by the character’s white dinner jacket, and wondered under what circumstances it was the ‘right’ choice.

I remembered Bogart’s wearing one in the classic movie Casablanca almost 75 years ago and realized that over the years we’ve seen a bevy of actors from William Holden in Sabrina to Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, as well as every single James Bond, strut in white’s sartorial splendor.

But when is a white dinner jacket the right choice?We have some tips for you about what to consider when making a decision about white or not. 

As always, please ask us any questions or share any comments you might have.

Take care,

Patricia, Bake and Your Shaffer Cleaning Team

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March Newsletter

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Next to Fashion Week, the Oscars are one of the most fascinating fashion shows around, and this year was no exception.   Go here to check out the big trends (color, style, hair, jewelry, make up, etc) that emerged.

Like Fashion Week, the Academy Awards’ red carpet gives us an insight into what we can expect our clients to be wearing to charity galas, proms, weddings and other formal gatherings in the weeks and months ahead.

This year, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and other pundits deemed the 3d gown worn by Cate Blanchette to be one of the best dresses on display.  We must agree that it is truly lovely, and we’re delighted that we already have the protocol and processes in place to handle such beautiful and delicate workmanship.

If you find yourself considering such a garment, keep in mind that the feathered appliques were sewn on – not glued- a hallmark of the quality and workmanship,  that you should look for in your purchase as well.

As always, if you have any questions or comments about the care of formal fashions, please ask us.  If you have a moment, vote for your red carpet favorite from this year’s Oscar ceremony and check out the popular results, too.

Hope all is well in your world!

Take Care,

Patricia, Bake and Your Shaffer Cleaning Team

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Thought for the Week

“Luxury is in each detail.”

― Hubert De Givenchy

February 19th Newsletter

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Check out the Vogue video link above, and the photo gallery below.


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It’s that time of year when we cast our attention northward to NYC and what is being shown on the runways for Fashion Week.

Understandably, we love fashion, but for us Fashion Week presents us with a unique opportunity to prepare ourselves and our staff to perfectly process the clothes you’ll be bringing us next Fall.

We’ve shared a great Vogue link to videos of some great runway shows, as well as a link to a gallery of photo highlights.  We hope you have a few moments to connect and enjoy them.

Hope all is well in your world. 

Take care,

Patricia, Bake and Your Shaffer Cleaning Team

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Thought for the Week

“Every day is a fashion show, and the world is your runway”

Coco Chanel

February Newsletter

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Leather, Suede and Silk Warning: Beware Adhesive Backed Name Tags

Name tags are a wonderful thing when attending a conference or meeting.  The most popular, least expensive and easiest to distribute type of tag is the adhesive backed one.

The down side to these tags is that they leave a residue of ‘gummy’ adhesive behind when you remove it.

This residue is a particular hazard to leather and suede garments, and to a slightly lesser extent silk.

We cannot urge you strongly enough to never stick one of these badges to your clothes.  Always bring a clip or neck string and use them to wear your name with pride.  NEVER use a pin on leather, suede or lightweight silk.

BTW – if you use a pin or clip, networkers say you should wear your badge on your upper right shoulder.  It makes it easier to read when you reach out to shake someone’s hand.

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2016 is a leap year, which means it has 366 days, and the ‘make up’ day happens this month

Why do we have a leap year?  Well according to Dictionary.com it is because 365 days is six hours shorter than a solar year, so we add a day once every four years to adjust for it.

Is Leap Day also known as Sadie Hawkins Day?  Well, if you Google Time , the answer is yes.  If you go to Wikipedia, the answer is no.  Check out both articles and decide for yourself!

Either way, enjoy.

Hope all is well in your world.

Take care,

Patricia, Bake and Your Shaffer Cleaning Team

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Thought for the Week

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.

Martin Luther King

January Newsletter

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For Men & Women:
Function, Form & Flair Found in Scarves

Function – Scarves do a great job of protecting your neck in warmer climes because they excel at protecting it from the beating sun.   They also act as barrier between your sweater or jacket and soiling that can occur from make up, moisturizers, perspiration, body oils… well, you get the idea.

Form – You can take your scarf beyond the realm of function and into a fashion statement just by how you knot it.  We’ve found a couple of great links – for men  and for women.  Both also feature links to videos. Take a moment to check them out.

Flair – As a fashion accessory, scarves can give a splash of color or interest to an otherwise commonplace outfit. For men, a colored cashmere scarf can brighten up the look of a sedate dark overcoat or sweater, and for those in the vanguard of fashion, a light weight scarf can even serve in lieu of a necktie.  For women, an interesting knot or an eye-catching pattern can make you feel like a million dollars by turning an ordinary outfit into an extraordinary one.

Best of all, scarves are timeless, and not as subject to the whims and vagaries of fashion trends. So treat your scarves well…it’s one item in your wardrobe that truly will never go out of style.

The new year is here, and that means it’s a good time for some of us to think about stepping outside our fashion comfort zones with regard to scarves.

Scarves have the potential to be so much more than a cold weather accessory… for both men and women. So, if you are in the mood to explore the possibilities, scroll down for our thoughts about this. You’ll also find a couple of great links to help you find the right scarf look for yourself, and the step by step instructions on how to do it.

We wish you all the best in 2016, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Take care,

Patricia, Bake and Your Shaffer Cleaning Team

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Thought for the Week


He who never made a mistake,
never made a discovery.”

~Samuel Smiles

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Holiday Newsletter

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We came across this list of holiday gift suggestions from Oren Arnold, and wanted to share it with you:

“To your enemy…forgiveness.
To an opponent… tolerance.  
To a friend… your heart.  
To a customer… service.  
To all… charity.  
To every child… a good example.  
To yourself… respect.”

Have a wonderful holiday season, and remember, we’re here for you if you need us.

We hope you have a moment to open our holiday e-card and play with the puzzle.

Take care.



Patricia and Bake Shaffer


Spots and Stains

It’s holiday party time, and let’s face it, juggling a drink and buffet plate is no easy feat. Add to that the jostling and maneuvering inherent at any party, and the chances of a spill or stain increase dramatically.

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: what do you do when your favorite outfit gets a wine, soda or dipping sauce stain? As little as possible.

Water, club soda and even ‘miracle’ stain removal products will generally do more harm than good.  They will disturb sizings, cause rings and in some cases pull the color in dyes.  Rubbing a stain creates friction which will abrade the fibers and cause irreparable harm.  The fact is we can probably remove the stain safely, but there’s little we can do about dye disturbance, rings and fiber damage from abrasion.

So, what should you do? Gently remove excess and blot (from top and bottom) with a clean, white cloth.  Never rub. 


Holiday Hours

Thursday December 24:  

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Friday December 25:  


Thursday December 31: 

7:30 am – 6:30 pm

on Friday January 1, 2016


Thought for the Week





“It is what is in your heart, that
puts the holiday spirit in the air.”


~ W.T. Ellis 

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