by Renée Tillotson
Wendy Kia brings a personalized, professional care to every garment her dry cleaning business takes in. In the industry now for over 40 years, Wendy bought Marie Louise Cleaners in March of 2006 as a way to move back home to Oahu and be near her son Nate and his growing family. She’s currently the proud grandmother of 5, and Nate is an integral part of the family business.
People who care to maintain their nice wardrobes inspire Wendy’s service. Hotel uniforms or bed sheets go to less specialized cleaners. Whether it’s a wedding dress to be preserved, a King Kamehameha cape for Punahou School drama department, a costume for Hawaii 5-0 or Jurassic Park, an outfit for Neiman Marcus, or a business suit for one of the Park Lane condominium tower residents, these are the kinds of unique, specialty items Wendy caters to. Her staff handles each garment individually. They even provide free pickup and delivery.
Walking into Wendy’s business, I got none of that toxic chemical smell I dread at most drycleaners’. Marie Louise Cleaners uses “Green Earth” cleaning products. These environmentally friendly products break down into mostly water and sand. Their cleaning is not only safe for nature, it’s safe for employees, too. Wendy believes all dry cleaners will eventually be required to use such products, but in the meantime, her business is on the cutting edge of responsible cleaning.
Wendy credits her loyal staff members’ careful attention to detail for satisfying their many happy customers, from high end retailers, to luxury condo residents, to movie and TV shows. Marie Louise Cleaners truly provides world-class dry cleaning service.
331 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813