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residential as well as commercial clients. Services
include cleaning and drying large rugs; re-hanging
draperies after cleaning; and tailoring and pressing bedding, table linens and clothing.
Linder’s French Cleaners
For 37 years, this true French cleaner
has taken pride in inspecting every
item before it’s cleaned—covering
delicate buttons, cleaning
fancy items in net bags,
making minor repairs at
no extra cost, and soft
pressing every garment.
They can also rejuvenate
Uggs; clean suedes,
linens and bed linens; repair shoes and handbags;
store furs; preserve wedding gowns; sanitize
drapes, comforters and couch covers; and clean
Rago Brothers Shoe and
Walk-ins are welcome at the Speedwell Avenue
workshop, which thrums with the chatter of
vintage cobbler machines. The shop takes
on virtually all leather repairs, from baseball
gloves to Louboutin stilettos. Third-generation owners Tom and Tony Rago
trace the shop’s success to the opening
of the nearby Mall at Short Hills in the
1980s. The brothers recruited the
mall’s luxury retailers as clients; word
of their services quickly spread. “All of a sudden
they wanted us doing repairs for the whole East
Coast,” recalls Tom. Now they do repairs for most
of North America.
Unsure what to do with that full-length mink you
haven’t worn for 10 years? Robert and Christine
Schultz, along with sons Ashley and Carter, will
remove the shoulder pads, shorten it to a sassier,
hipper length, shear the fur and make it fashionable—and wearable—again. One of a handful of
furriers remaining in New Jersey, they restyle old
furs and also o;er new furs, shearlings, vests, ponchos and accessories, along with cleaning, repair,
alteration, revitalization and storage services.
Porcelain restorer Stephen
Weston trained at England’s
Royal Worcester Porcelain
Company before opening his
Weston Gallery in Manasquan.
“What I do is an art,” he says.
“Not a lot of people do it