Sandy's Cleaners changes gears to produce masks
Before the coronavirus hit, Sandy’s Cleaners did a booming business at their Daniel Island location. Like many stores, the coronavirus caused a devastating dent in business.
“The COVID-19 crisis has crippled our dry cleaning business. As people are working from home or being furloughed, their demand for dry cleaning has been lessened, if not eliminated all together,” said owner Sandy Weaver.
After brainstorming for ways to retain staff at their eight locations, they decided to save jobs and lives by making masks.
Sandy’s Cleaners was already doing alterations as well as full dry cleaning services, so the company was able to change gears and started selling the masks at cost.
“We’ve been able to keep our staff employed and offer these masks to the community at cost,” Weaver said. “I’m so proud of our staff as we have reached the capability of producing 600 to 700 masks a day. It is absolutely keeping our doors open.”
Daniel Island customer Joanne Bridges immediately ordered masks for family and friends.
“I think it was incredibly impressive how quickly Sandy’s Dry Cleaning responded to the need for masks due to the pandemic. After placing our order, we had our masks the next day, which was a huge relief,” said Bridges.
Weaver opened her first Lowcountry location in Summerville during the summer of 1998, then in 2002, while expanding her growing business, she took a chance on the then fledgling Daniel Island.
“While we knew that there wasn’t immediately the demand to support a dry cleaner on the island, we knew eventually the demand would come. So, it was kind of an investment for a while. It was very important for us to become part of the community and fill the gaps and customize our service to the needs of the Daniel Island residents,” explained Weaver.
“We feel very much a part of the Daniel Island community … I raised my children on DI and all three of them graduated from our Daniel Island schools. The relationships that have been formed over these years have proven to be both personally and professionally rewarding,” Weaver said.
Former Daniel Island resident Carol Whiting has been a customer for almost four years. “We always receive superior service … always kind, always efficient and organized and quick to pull our clothes at pickup.”
Monday, the Daniel Island location reopened after being temporarily closed due to stay-at-home orders. However, the hours have been abbreviated, so check their social media pages for the most current information.
Sandy’s Cleaners is located at 234 Seven Farms Drive and offers pickup and delivery service on the island. To view the available masks and find out about all the services offered, go to sandyscleaners.com.
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