BLOOMINGTON - A 16-year-old downtown drapery service will change hands today. Jeff Kramer, owner of Bloomington Drapery Service, has sold the business to Hanson's Cleaners.
Kramer, owner of the drapery service at 232 E. Front St., said he needed to sell the business to attend to his mother's health. He will continue working occasionally with cleaning business owners John and Joe Hanson.
"We used to sell furniture, carpeting and draperies. Now we just have draperies and blinds," said Kramer, who will retain ownership of the building and adjacent locations at 234 to 236 E. Front St.
Kramer has been working with the Hansons for many years. He referred cleaning work to them, while the brothers referred their customers to Kramer for drapery design, take down and rehanging. Kramer will rent the rear workroom at 232 E. Front St. to the Hansons. The cleaners have retained designer Pat Baize.
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"This is a pretty seamless deal," said John Hanson. "It made more sense to purchase the business than outsource it."
While drapery cleaning used to comprise a large part of the Hansons' business, blinds have taken the place of drapes in many homes, John Hanson said. However, he's noticed draperies making a comeback as people desire a softer look compared to blinds.
The Hansons hope to hire a couple of additional drapery designers. They will retain the business's name and continue designing, taking down and rehanging draperies. There will be no set retail hours. Customers should call in advance at (309) 828-8175.
In addition, attorney Jim Bass also plans to move his 102 N.Center St. office to the front of Kramer's building at 232 E. Front St. by the end of February. Bass has occupied his Center Street office for 12 years. He said the Front Street office will provide better client access.