After 50-Plus Years, Dry Cleaners Stop the Presses

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Carol Cianfrini, Dee Bertelsen and John Cianfrini — the faces behind the counter at Crysti Cleaners in Adams Square since it opened in 1966 — have elected to retire earlier than planned and close shop in light of the pandemic.

For the first time in 54 years, the storefront at 1124 S. Adams St. is devoid of seasoned-but-reliable dry cleaning presses, a winding motorized rack along the ceiling and what seemed like an endless collection of silk dresses, business suits and cashmere sweaters.
The longtime proprietors of Crysti Cleaners, John and Carol Cianfrini — along with Carol’s cousin, Dee Bertelsen — are hanging it up after more than half a century there. Or, rather, they are asking their last dozen or so customers to come and pick up their orders, so that they may hang those up on their own. After five decades plus at the same location in Adams Square, the Cianfrinis are expediting their retirement by more than a year, a decision accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Delta Foundation Presents ‘White Linen’ on June 10

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Dianne Lewis, Melinda Campbell and Pixie Boyden enjoyed last year’s “A White Linen Affair” Scholarship Luncheon. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, June 10, at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.
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Dianne Lewis, Melinda Campbell and Pixie Boyden enjoyed last year’s “A White Linen Affair” Scholarship Luncheon. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, June 10, at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.

The Pasadena Delta Foundation, in collaboration with the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host the fourth annual “A White Linen Affair” Scholarship Luncheon and Summer Boutique on Sunday, June 10, from 10-3 p.m. at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.
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