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The Davis Imperial Story

The year was 1956. Leona Davis, 30, and Bernie Davis, 34, had two small children and so many dreams. They wanted to be able to give their family some of life’s simple pleasures: a loving home, a college education, and a legacy. So, with $500 borrowed from Leona’s father, two nervous but very determined people began to build what they hoped would someday be considered the finest dry cleaning establishment in Chicago. A place where people could come with confidence, knowing that their finest garments would receive exceptional care. A place where clients would be warmly recognized and welcomed like family.

On opening day in 1956, Leona became the company’s production manager, inspector, spotting technician, dressmaker, and sales representative. Bernie’s job titles included: route sales representative, bookkeeper, accountant, marketing manager, and custodian. Together, with persistence, perspiration, and perseverance, they achieved their goal for both their family and their business.

3 Generations. 1 Vision. 1 Passion.

We cherish the memories of this wonderful pair and continue to be in awe of the accomplishments of the company Leona and Bernie founded as well as the amazing contributions of their daughter Lynda.  It is with great pride that Rick, his son Jordan, and the staff of Davis Imperial Cleaners welcome you to our family.