Sarni Cleaners is a family-owned and family-run dry cleaning service with a commitment to quality and customer service. It began more than 80 years ago in 1929 with James Sarni, Sr., grandfather of current CEO, Ken Sarni.
James, Sr. was a pioneer in the industry, offering laundry pickup and delivery service to Boston’s affluent society with his horse and buggy. He would bring linens and clothing to his home in the North End where his wife Mary cleaned them in their basement.
Soon, the Sarnis opened a dry cleaning and tailoring shop in Boston, where they were approached by DuPont Chemical about using a novel dry cleaning solvent called perchloroethylene, which could drastically cut down on the processing time for dry cleaning. By being among the first to adopt this new solvent, Sarni Cleaners gained a competitive edge in the Boston market.
In the 1950s, a second generation of Sarnis, including Ken's father, returned from World War II and joined the family business, which grew rapidly in Boston and its suburbs. In 1990, Ken graduated from Merrimack College and went to work at Sarni Cleaners, the third generation to do so. Five years later, Ken became CEO.
Today, Sarni Cleaners operates three downtown locations in Boston. It has expanded its service to include laundromat and clothing restoration. The company prides itself on not cutting corners and credit that philosophy with the business's longevity.
In 1929, James Sarni, Sr. revolutionized dry cleaning in Boston by picking up and delivering his customers' cleaning.
Sarni Cleaners truck on Devonshire Street in 1948. (Source:City of Boston archives)
Today, James' grandson, Ken Sarni, has a fleet of five state-of-the-art vehicles for pickup and delivery in Boston.