When the summer approached, I had several long pants I wanted to get cut off into shorts. I took about a dozen pair down to Adam Tailoring & Alterations and asked them how long it would take to get it done. When I came back 3 days later as I was told, nothing had been done. They asked me to come back the next day - which I did. Still no work had been done. At this point, i asked for my pants back, but they guaranteed I'd get them back if I would just come back the following day. I was so mad at that point, but I wanted to get them done. They were finally ready on the 5th day. Never again.
When I needed a beaded long dress altered, I was scared to death to take it anywhere to be taken in and hemmed. I eventually found Elenvilla Alterations & Tailoring courtesy of my aunt. They did quality work on the delicate fabric and made it fit me like a glove. I'm very happy - and relieved - to have them as my specialty wear go to people.
I needed my dress for my friend's enagement party altered and cleaned in a jiffy. I wasn't having any luck finding a drycleaner who could guarantee what I needed done in 24 hours - that is, until I walked into Big W Cleaners & Alterations. They were so friendly and assured me they would take care of everything - which they did.
I just didn't think it was possible or practical to alter my beloved leather jacket I picked up in the early 90's. I love that thing and wanted to give it new life. I did some research and found Judy's Custom Alterations and found she had extensive experience with leather. The result - a modern looking, beautiful jacket I can still love - and now wear out in public again without feeling like a fool!
When my poor draperies came out of storage and I had them cleaned, they were looking a little sad. Upon the advice of my cousin, I took them to Uysal Alterations for some work. They wound up looking pretty good, except for some puckering along the bottom. I wasn't overly concerned about it, but I thought it could have been neater.
I've taken a couple of items to Teddy's Custom Dressmaker to have them altered. Kay, the owner (and tailor) always does a nice job. Hemming is $10, alterations are more. She knows what she's doing and does it very well.
I think the concept of Baby Legs is just genius! When my cousin had her baby, she found them through another friend of hers. I'd never heard of such a thing before, but the concept of baby leg warmers that not only warm little legs, they protect little knees and keep little arms warm too. I now get a couple of pairs as gifts whenever I have a baby shower to go to.
Whenever I'm at Tully's and I see anything made by Wow Baking, I'll usually pick something up for my nephew. He can only have gluten free products, which has always been a hassle, but Wow puts out some decent cookies and brownies that he seems to enjoy.
I tend to gift people in my family with food and have found a great option with the decorated and dipped cookied from the Merlino Italian Baking company. I actually order the holiday cookies online and have them shipped. They have much more than christmas cookies, they have leaf shaped cookies for the fall and bunnies, carrots, hearts, and a bunch of other brightly decorated shapes that make nice gifts.
If I'm in a hurry and need to pick up some treats for the host/hostess I'm rushing off to see, I'll usually stop in the Upper Crust Bakery if I'm anywhere in the vicinity and grab a box full of mixed deliciousness. Everything is worth trying.