Chocolate stains.

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Chocolate contains cocoa’s dark tannins and cocoa butter’s oiliness. On washable items, remove the grease with undiluted laundry detergent dabbed on the stain, let sit 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. Now apply color-safe bleach to the remaining water-soluble tannin stains. We can help with washable and with dry-clean only items, our stain experts can get the chocolate out of almost everything.

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Stain first aid.

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When you want to try removing a stain at home, remember that even everyday stains can be problematic. For any stain, blot with water. Never club soda, never rub or scrub. Time is of the essence, fresher stains are easier to remove. If the garment is not washable, give it to us with a note describing the nature of the stain – our experts have products and techniques that can do wonders

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Boot investment.

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Winter boots can serve for many years, but proper care will extend their wearable life. Clean them often with a brush to dried-on soil. Store them upright, using boot trees to avoid creases. Use a boot dryer when they get soaked, never prop them next to a heat source. Oil the leather regularly, especially the seams. And ask us our recommendations for professional boot care advice.

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Wedding budget.

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With an average cost of $32,000, smart couples start saving early. The Knot magazine recommends finding out who will pay for what and what their expectations are. The bride’s parents often split most of the bill with the couple, but settle the details long before the cake is ordered. A detailed budget will list costs, like $575 for the average cake. Of course, our bridal department can help too — from restoring an antique gown to last-minute alterations, we’re here to make your wedding a dream.

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Figure flatterers.

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Favorite magazine Real Simple offers tips to look your best. Keep prints in scale to your frame; larger people=larger prints. To minimize a fuller bottom, choose jeans with large, straight pockets that are close together. Look taller and trimmer dressed in the same color head to toe. Diagonal wraps, chevron prints and asymmetrical hemlines create a slimmer look with downward-sloping angles.

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Secrets of the loop.

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Almost every top-quality button-down shirt has a tiny fabric loop sewn into the seam where the shoulder blades meet. The loop started way back in the Navy when sailors hung their clothing on hooks to save space. In the 1960s when the collegiate Ivy League look became popular, the Gant company reintroduced the little extra as a “locker loop.” The loop quickly became a status symbol. On some campuses, removing the loop signified that a man was taken and no longer free to date. We can make sure your button-down shirt is crisp and clean, with or without the loop.

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