Correct Cleaners owner, at left, Don Thomaston, and his son Kris Agustin stand at the sign outside of the business's Newborn location at 4142 Hwy. 142. The dry cleaning business has operated a Monticello location since 1996 and recently opened the drop-off point in Newborn.
As a child, Don Thomaston spent many a day with his uncle at his Monticello business, which sold dry cleaning equipment. Today, Thomaston continues the family tradition as owner of Correct Cleaners, a dry cleaning company in Monticello, which recently expanded to include a location in Newborn.
Operated out of a small white house at 4142 Ga. Highway 142 in Newborn, Correct Cleaners is situated by a car wash and convenience store.
"We thought it would be a perfect place for a business and it has worked out," said Thomaston.
The Newborn location is a drop-off point for items that are sent for servicing to the Monticello location 17 miles away. Correct Cleaners offers dry cleaning, laundry and pressing services for clothing, and bigger items such as comforters and curtains. The business doesn't handle rugs, suede or leather.
Items usually take two to three days to clean but next day service is available for special situations like funerals.
Thomaston said a lot of his business at the Monticello location, which has operated at 677 Washington St. since 1996, is comprised of professionals such as doctors and lawyers. The company's slogan is "When you look good, we look good."
"(The Monticello business) has stayed steady. It's due to very loyal customers. We believe in quality work," said Thomaston.
Thomaston said Correct Cleaners originally opened under the ownership of his brother, Mark Thomaston, and Mark's wife, but Don Thomaston's sister-in-law died and he took over the business. Correct Cleaners is a family business, with Thomaston's mother, who is 80, working there part-time and his son, Kris Agustin, running the Newborn location.
Thomaston said he offers a running special discount of five percent off any bill of $40 or more (for clothes only).
The hours for the Correct Cleaners Newborn location are 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call 706-476-1245.