LIMA — Walking into Advantage Cleaners on Cable Road around 6:30 a.m., the sound of the ticking clock and bright lights may be all visitors see.
But owner Tim Suever will walk up to the counter in a minute, after hearing the bell on the door. The dry cleaner opens at 5:30 a.m., and while he’s waiting for customers to come in, Suever checks the laundry in the back.
“It’s quiet in the morning,” Suever said, hands above his head on a pole that runs the length of the back room, clothes hanging on it. “It just kind of gradually picks up speed.”
Along the racks in the back hang every item of clothing imaginable, from formal dresses, to button up men’s shirts to Bath High School Marching Band uniforms and more.
“We deal with life and death everyday,” Suever said, as the dry cleaners clean clothes for funerals, weddings and more.
The hum of the washer is a comforting tone in the background and there’s a “tick-plop” noise, like a zipper going through a washing machine.
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