Longtime Island business, Clampitts Cleaners is sold

Clampitts Dry Cleaners, a familiar name on Mercer Island for 40 years, is now Blue Sky Cleaners, a completely toxin-free service. The essence of the company, however, has not changed.

According to Blue Sky customer service manager Jessica Neu, Clampitt’s has been sending its clothes to the non-toxic cleaning facility in Seattle for nearly a year.

“We purchased Clampitt’s in July [2009],” she said, adding that owner Milt Clampitt retired that same month. “We kept the brand Clampitt but we did the cleaning.”

Blue Sky uses naturally occurring and reclaimed carbon dioxide to clean clients clothes. It was only natural for Clampitt’s to make the “green” transition.

Tailoring and pressing has been moved to the back of the Tabit Square store, and clients still drop off and pickup their garments at the Island location. Yet all of the cleaning is done in Seattle.

“In November, we moved all of their workers to our plant in downtown Seattle,” Neu said.

Prices at the Island dry cleaner’s have remained the same, and Milt Clampitt’s son, Craig, is still involved with the family business.

“We’re completely toxin free,” Neu said, adding that business “has been fantastic.”

Corry’s Dry Cleaning also uses the carbon dioxide method for all of its clothes, giving Islanders two environmentally friendly options.

Blue Sky is not the only new resident to Tabit Square. The empty space next door will soon be filled by a specialty wine and beer shop, according to owner Chris Tabit.

Although the business already has a permit to sell with the state Liquor Control Board, Tabit could not say when the shop would be ready to open.

For now, the space wedged between Chick’s Shoes and Blue Sky Cleaners remains empty, along with Six Walls’ former space across the parking lot.

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