Janet Davis Cleaners - December 2018

“HOT OFF THE PRESS” Dry Cleaning News

(248) 543-0340 | www.janetdaviscleaners.com 27607Woodward Ave., Berkley, MI 48072 | 3645 Maple Rd., Bloomfield, MI 48301

DECEMBER 2018

END OF YEAR REFLECTIONS

What the Ghost of Christmas Past Can Tell Us About the Future

Charles Dickens published his famous novella “A Christmas Carol” in 1843, a period when the British were re-evaluating past Christmas traditions, like carol singing, and exploring newer ones, like decorating Christmas trees. Whenever I think about my own family’s holiday traditions, this story is at the forefront of my mind, and it always prompts me to reflect on the past year in its entirety. Once the weather grows colder, I find myself reflecting on beginnings — the beginning of the year, the beginning of the company, the beginning of relationships, and the beginning of everything. As I pour over memories from when I started here at Janet Davis Cleaners to where I am today, I can’t help but imagine myself soaring high above the streets of Michigan, the Ghost of Christmas Past my only company. got into the business by accident of birth, and oddly enough, I’ve adopted that mindset too. I remember being in elementary school and stopping by his work on Sunday afternoons. One day, my grandma picked me up from school and dropped me off with my dad because he had some orders left to finish. I sat there and watched him press shirts, which is a time-consuming process and a lot of work overall. Apparently, I told him that when I Because we are a fifth-generation family business, my dad always jokes that he

grew up, I was going to invent a machine to do that job for him so he wouldn’t have to work so hard.

Reflecting on my time here has made me realize how much I’ve grown into my role, but it’s also made me appreciate the ways in which business itself has changed in the last decade. As we gain more clients, our team continues to grow. At the same time, we are always innovating to ensure that our operations run more smoothly with each new year. We also continuously shop for equipment to help make our employees’ jobs more efficient and get the clothes in our care as clean as possible. In fact, we recently purchased that press machine that I promised to build my dad all those years ago. He tells me, “Even if you weren’t the one who invented it, I’m really glad that someone else did!” As I consider the maturation I’ve undergone as an individual and the evolution of the company in its entirety, I am so grateful that the generations before me found a way to tie their fathers’ successes to their own visions. I guess you could say that they found a way integrate their Ghosts of Christmas Past to their Ghosts of Christmas Present, and I hope that in the years to come, I am able to accomplish the same feat.

My interest in Dad’s work followed me all the way through to high school. The same year I got my driver’s license, I started helping him with miscellaneous tasks. I input data into spreadsheets and worked at the front desk as a customer service representative. Once I began college, I started dabbling in the client accruement side of the company, which helped me gain experience for the role I’ve occupied since then. Following my college graduation and my stint in mortgage banking, I came to work here full time as the director of sales and marketing. I maintain the website and technology, and I’ve created all the marketing material we have to date. In fact, my dad now likes to joke that he works for me, and any time a mistake occurs, he kids, “Well, I guess you ought to fire me now!” “As I pour over memories from when I started here at Janet Davis Cleaners to where I am today, I can’t help but imagine myself soaring high above the streets of Michigan, the Ghost of Christmas Past my only company.”

–Kyle Matthews 1 (248) 543-0340

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