Your Guide to Dry-Cleaning & Alterations in the East

Laundry, tailoring and dry-cleaning services have been a backbone of the east since the neighbourhood’s industrial days. We’ve rounded up the top spots in Riverside and Leslieville to fix, clean, and alter the garments you love.

Laundry Concierge
Don’t have time for laundry day? Laundry Concierge is the newest addition to the east, and has secured a spot in the hearts of busy families and entrepreneurs alike with their convenient and efficient laundry services. Create a free account on their website, then leave your dirty laundry in one of their dozens of drop-off locations throughout the city. Your smelly socks, sweat-stained workout clothes, and wrinkled tops will be returned clean and folded. Think of it like your wardrobe’s fairy godmother.

JB Cleaner & Tailor
Loved by locals who have flocked to their counters for generations now, JB Cleaner & Tailor located at 518 Pape Avenue is a go-to for dry cleaning and alterations. Specialising in complex clothing modifications, fragile garment cleaning, and quick turn-around, the owner, Tuyet, is well-versed in whatever textile care you need. With prices starting as low as $5 for a hem job, it’s no wonder residents are die-hard fans.

Queeny’s Alterations
Hidden in plain sight is Queeny’s alteration booth within the Quick-Clean Coin Laundromat located at 1024 Queen Street East. The star seamstress, Queeny, hems, alters and creates nearly anything you bring her. From custom-made curtains and sheets to hand-tailoring precious articles to inventive alterations, there is nothing that’s turned away.

Canadian DryCleaners
Having been open since the 1920s, Canadian DryCleaners located at 1597 Queen Street East is a neighbourhood legend. From cleaning and pressing the most delicate of articles to getting that one nasty stain out of your favourite sweater, they reign supreme in the East for dry cleaners. They were also voted by BlogTo as one of the best dry cleaners in the 6ix, and are recommended across the internet for servicing winter staples like your Canada Goose jacket. In addition to mastering their craft over the past century, they have also made the switch from perchloroethylene—a toxic chemical used in most dry-cleaning service shops—to more natural solutions.

Silhouette Tailoring  
Whether your garments need a little nip and tuck or a complete rehaul, trust the tailors at Silhouette Tailoring to get the job done. Located at 733 Queen Street East, Silhouette’s shop is the perfect drop-in while you’re running errands on Queen Street East. Round-up those sweaters that need repairs and those dresses that don’t fit anymore and the experts at Silhouette will work their magic. With most alterations performed in one week, you’ll be looking sharp and fitted in no time.

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