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Lapels of Myrtle Beach has a New ‘Top Dog’

Change of plans leads to ownership of drycleaning company

MYRTLE BEACH S.C. — When Adam Mathews was shopping for a business opportunity, he originally had his sights set on owning a dog kennel. When that deal fell through, however, Mathews decided on a different strategy. 

When his business broker started looking for alternatives for Mathews, he found an opportunity to own Lapels Cleaning of Myrtle Beach. Fast forward to May 2023 — after some serious research and number crunching — and Mathews found himself as the new owner of Lapels Cleaners of Myrtle Beach and its satellite location Lapels Cleaners of Carolina Forest.

“In Myrtle Beach, there are a lot of fishermen who bemoan ‘the one that got away’. Not me, I’m so grateful the kennel opportunity didn’t work out and Lapels did,” says Mathews, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. 

While currently a Charleston resident, Mathews is no stranger to Myrtle Beach. He is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University and lived in the area for several years after school, starting his career in financial services. He’s kept his connection to Myrtle Beach and considers many friends in the area more like family.

One of the things that drew Mathews to Lapels is the franchise’s commitment to limiting its environmental impact during the cleaning process. 

“My wife and I are avid sailors,” said Mathews, who worked in real estate prior to buying his Lapels franchises. “So being good stewards of the planet is very important, which is why our first order of business was converting to GreenEarth®.” Lapels has a partnership agreement with GreenEarth, a company that provides a non-toxic cleaning alternative. 

Mathews officially purchased Lapels Cleaners of Myrtle Beach (located at 6613 Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach) and Lapels Cleaners of Carolina Forest (4210 River Oaks Drive Carolina Forest, SC) in May 2023. A grand opening event is being planned for September.

Lapels of Myrtle Beach has a New ‘Top Dog

Adam Mathews recently became the new owner of Lapels Cleaners of Myrtle Beach and its satellite location Lapels Cleaners of Carolina Forest. A grand opening is scheduled for September. (Photo by Lapels)

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