NEW YORK CITY — Hallak Cleaners, which opened in 1966, hosted an open house here recently to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the drycleaning business, highlighted by sweet treats, prizes and 50 years of friendships.
“It was really nice to visit with clients,” says President John-Claude Hallak, “and at the New York City open house in particular, it was great to visit with people, some of whom I delivered cleaning to as a kid 50 years ago helping my dad in the business.
“Now to meet them again and spend some time with them is almost like seeing old friends. It was wonderful to see people embrace the multi-generations, from my father and mother to me and my brother Joe.”
The special celebration, staged on separate dates at two locations—in Manhattan and at the company’s Bergen County, N.J. retail plant—was shared with friends, family and the community.
Guests were greeted with champagne, light refreshments, sounds of the ’60s and a dessert buffet. Door prizes included a $500 gift card toward dry cleaning and clothing care items, notes the company.
Hallak Cleaners is one of the nation’s leading couture dry cleaners and was born out of Joseph Hallak Sr.’s uncompromising dream. Hallak Sr. is deceased and today the business is run by his sons, John-Claude and Joe Jr., and their mother, Marie-Louise Hallak.
About the open house, John-Claude Hallak adds, “To have 50 years of friendships embrace our family business, that was touching.”