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.
Opening day 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 perserverance, they achieved their goal for both their family and their business.
Leona and Bernie retired in 1982. Daughter Lynda and son-in-law Rick now carry on their goal of excellence in fabricare and customer service. Bernie passed away April 14, 2001 and he is deeply missed but his dreams for the company continue. In fact, Leona, now 80, can be found greeting customers at the store with her beautiful smile and her love for her business. So it is with great pride Lynda, Rick, their son Jordan, Leona and the staff of Davis Imperial Cleaners welcome you to our family.