Janet Davis Cleaners July 2019

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JULY 2019

DID YOU HEAR? Independence Day Is in April!

all that you can in the classroom, and you learn all that you can outside the classroom. And that’s exactly what I did. I had my mom’s voice in the back of my head reminding me to get my homework done before going to a friend’s room and to make sure I kept myself fed, which helped me keep my educational and living priorities in mind. When it came to my personal endeavors, I found that while it gets exponentially more difficult to make new friends as an adult, I managed to make some great ones along the way. While I embarked on all of these experiences expecting to reach independence and freedom, it turns out the only time I’m truly free is when I’m running. While this is something I’ve done since middle school, only when I recently got back into it a few months ago did I realize the space and freedom it brings me. Now, I can’t go more than a couple days without it. All of this is just to say that if you have a teenager about to leave the house, or you are about to embark on a big life change yourself, just remember: “You don’t know what you don’t know until you find out that you don’t know it.” Be open to new experiences, let life happen, find what makes you feel free, and go from there!

This joke originated from what I believed was an absolute fact: that I would get a car on my 16th birthday and be able to go anywhere I wanted, all of which equated to true independence. While 15-year- old Kyle had to anxiously await his own Independence Day, 16-year-old Kyle will have reached autonomy, maturity, and adulthood … at least, that’s what I thought would happen. In the end, I didn’t get a car until a few months later, so, even with all the hype I’d built up leading to my birthday, not a lot changed for me that day. That’s when I learned the value of the old adage, “You don’t know what you don’t know until you find out that you don’t know it,” something I continue to remind myself. Thinking about my Fourth of July plans this year got me thinking that independence for individuals (rather than countries) can be a fickle concept. All those big “adult” moments — legal driving, graduations, moving, legal drinking, etc. — that are supposed to mark that special transition into maturity and independence, often pass by without any real noticeable change to our day-to-day routines. Even when I was 18 and moved into a college dorm, I was sure I’d finally reached that mythical “Independence Day.” While a lot certainly did change, I was still exactly the same person I was raised to be in all the years leading up to that moment. My parents always told me that when you go to school, you do two things: You learn

As everyone gathers together with their friends and family this Fourth of July to eat from the tastiest of barbecues and blast off the brightest of fireworks, what they are all really celebrating is our nation’s Independence Day. This momentous event occurred on the same day in 1776 when the 13 American Colonies claimed their independence from England, thus marking the birth of the United States we know and love today.

“While 15-year-old Kyle had to anxiously await his own Independence Day, 16-year- old Kyle will have reached autonomy, maturity, and adulthood…at least, that’s what I thought would happen.”

Independence Day actually has a hilarious history for my family. The moment I turned 15, I had a day-by-day countdown to my 16th birthday, an event I referred to as my own “Independence Day.” That entire year, I would pester my family with the same long running joke: “In 342 days, it’ll be Independence Day,” or “In 179 days, we can finally celebrate Independence Day.” Family and friends who hadn’t been made aware of the true hilarity of the joke responded with confusion. They’d ask, “Your birthday is in April. Why are you talking about Independence Day?”

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Going stargazing this summer? Be sure to keep your eyes out

AFTER YOU SAY ‘YES TO THE DRESS’ Steps to Take to Make Your Wedding Dress Sparkle

for unidentified flying objects (UFOs)! July 2 is World UFO Day, commemorating the supposed UFO crash that took place in 1974 in Roswell, New Mexico. Everyone knows about the strange things that happened in Roswell, but let’s look at a few lesser-known, but no less strange, UFO sightings. THE FIRST FLYING SAUCER On June 24, 1947, civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying his plane near Mount Rainier in Washington when he reported seeing nine blue, glowing objects flying in a V formation at around 1,700 mph. Arnold would later describe the crafts’ motions like “a saucer if you skip it across water.” The government confirmed there were no aircraft tests in the area that day. In the following weeks, other sightings of Arnold’s flying saucers would crop up across the region. THE RENDLESHAM FOREST INCIDENT Things got weird at a Royal Air Force military base in England on Dec. 26, 1980. At around 3 a.m., two Air Force members saw odd lights falling into the nearby Rendlesham Forest. They reported finding a metallic object giving off lights and still moving. The object was gone when police arrived, but they found unusual markings at the site. A few days later, more servicemen went into the forest where they spotted three mysterious bright lights in the sky that shone for hours. EAST COAST GO FAST VIDEO In 2015, a U.S. Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighter captured video of a bizarre, fast-moving object that had no visible wings and emitted no heat or no exhaust trail. The video, which can be viewed at COI. ToTheStarsAcademy.com/2015-go-fast-footage , shows the object in the fighter’s targeting system. The pilot and the weapon systems officer can be heard shouting and asking, “What is that, man?” The video leaked in 2017 along with news of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), a secret U.S. government organization investigating UFOs. Most UFO sightings have rational explanations. Even the famous Roswell Incident was proven to be debris from a surveillance program the U.S. military used to spy on the Soviet Union. But there’s something to be said about how a UFO sighting makes us look up at the night sky and wonder if we’re not alone.

With nearly 10% of all weddings taking place in the month of July, our team at Janet Davis Cleaners figured there couldn’t be a better time to talk about wedding dress cleaning and care. Every dress is special to the bride who plans on wearing it, and some of the dresses we clean have been passed down through generations and are, therefore, extremely delicate. To that end, here are some tips, tricks, and advice to help get the dress you love looking its best for the big day. OUT WITH THE NEW AND IN WITH THE OLD Finding the perfect wedding dress is like finding the Holy Grail. However, many brides-to-be aren’t inspired by new wedding dresses. They want something unique with a creative edge that highlights their style and individualism. What they need is the perfect “lightly loved” vintage gown to fit their perfect wedding dress vision. Using wedding dress restoration, our team can help brides “wow” their guests on the big day with something old made new. TO CLEAN OR NOT TO CLEAN There are many reasons you may need to clean your wedding gown before you tie the knot. Cleaning a bridal gown always comes with risks, so if it’s not dirty, don’t clean it. But if you purchased a sample gown, chances are you’ll want to get it cleaned before you wear it. Even if the gown looks clean, keep in mind that possibly dozens of people have tried that gown on before you purchased it. Start by looking for dirt at the hemline, but also look at the bust and underarm area. If there are any areas of concern, you will want to take care of those now, not later. WHERE TO START You will always want to use a wedding dress dry cleaner that specializes in cleaning wedding gowns. Most places only see a handful of gowns per year, so avoid those when you need to clean your cherished gown before your wedding. You will want to select a dry cleaner that cleans wedding dresses every day. If you have any questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We know the decision to clean your dress can be stressful, and we want to help every step of the way!

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The Freedom to Choose!

to attend college, and they can choose where to have their clothes and household materials cleaned to keep them looking brand new. Check out what our client Steve had to say about our services. “If I could give Janet Davis Cleaners 10 stars in each category rather than 5, I would! On the Thursday before our son’s wedding, we realized pressing a wedding dress that had been sent to us by UPS was a much more complicated proposition than we had anticipated. Although Kyle initially told us he was backed up, he made the time and personally delivered the dress on Saturday when we saw it wouldn’t fit easily in my car. The price was reasonable. The wedding was a great success, and the dress was magnificent and ended up in a photo spread in Vogue Magazine.”

According to USA Facts, the top four reasons immigrants move to the U.S. are work, family, school, and safety. With over 3.5 million people annually making the move since 2015, it’s clear that our nation embodies a vision of possibility to those viewing it from an outside lens. As a country built on the idea of democracy, the celebration of our nation’s independence on July 4 is really all about freedom. Here at Janet Davis Cleaners, there is no doubt in our mind that freedom is at the heart of every immigrant’s choice to move to the U.S. The freedom to make choices isn’t a luxury given to all, and we are so thankful it’s an option for us here in the states. While money often plays a role in decision-making, Americans have choices in many areas. They can choose where to do their grocery shopping, where to take their kids to play, where

We know all our clients have the option to use other dry-cleaning services in the area, which is why we are so grateful they exercised their freedom and picked us! Additionally, to those of you who have used our services — whether it was just once or every week — and recommended us to your friends, we are eternally thankful. Your referrals keep small businesses like ours thriving. If you know somebody who might benefit from our services, please don’t hesitate to have them give our office a call at 248-543-0340!


Watermelon Cucumber SKEWERS

Skewers are a Fourth of July favorite, but these are not your classic kebabs. They’re a fresh, light, and fun way to start a barbecue. Oh, and they don’t require any actual cooking.



• 1 packet of bamboo skewers

• 1 medium-sized

watermelon, cubed • 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch rounds

• 1 block feta cheese, cubed • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves • Salt, to taste


1. Assemble skewers by placing one watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full.

2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.

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Relax in These Cool Destinations This Summer

heat. With temperatures rarely exceeding 60 degrees F — the average high for the country — packing is easy for this relaxing vacation. Take a relaxing dip in one of the country’s many hot springs or enjoy tremendous views of the fjords. Even better, you can tour the country at any time because it’s sunny almost 24 hours a day. What could be better than a midnight hike around the fourth happiest country in the world? NORWAY Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to give up your skiing hobby! Venture off to Norway and experience some of their most popular summer ski resorts. After a day or two shredding the slopes, experience the popular Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo or choose between numerous outdoor and indoor exhibitions. Best of all, you won’t even break a sweat, as the average temperature in Norway’s hottest month barely hits 70 degrees F. Bordering Sweden and northern Finland, Norway can even be the beginning to a cool European tour this summer.

As the scorching summer sun beats down, it’s hard to remember that just six months ago you were shivering through the winter, whether that meant a chilly 50 degrees F or bitter subzero temperatures. But if cooler temps sound like paradise, and a dip in the pool is no longer keeping you cool, it might be time to take a vacation somewhere chilly. Check out these three destinations to avoid the summer heat. ALASKA No place says chilly quite like Alaska. Trips to Alaska can be expensive during this time of year, but when you step into that crisp air with a cool mountainous view, you’ll understand why it’s a popular summer voyage. Travelers can choose to fly or take a cruise ship, and many cities feature tourism-packed excursions. A few notable locations include Anchorage, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and Denali National Park and Preserve. ICELAND Just as its name suggests, Iceland can be the perfect destination for travelers yearning to get away from the unbearable summer

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