After this weekend, my Saturday routine for more than 30 years of dropping off and picking up shirts at Bill Gee’s Laundry & Cleaners on Grayrock Road will be changing, when Bill closes his doors after more than 50 years in business (“High rent pushes out 55-year-old business,” Scarsdale Inquirer, June 21).
But it was never just about dropping off and picking up. It was a chance each week to spend a few quality minutes with Bill and Rita (until the next customer came in) discussing family, the events of the past week, Yankees baseball (Bill), or the latest Masterpiece Theater episode (Rita). Or to say “Hi” to Rudy and Ralph, the two golden retrievers resting on the cool stone floor waiting for a greeting or a possible treat.
I will miss the Saturday routine. It’s like saying goodbye to old friends. Bill and Rita were a credit to our community, and I wish them much health and happiness in the next stage of their journey.