On a given day an assortment of delicate sugar plum dresses to a life-size snowman might be found in the back of Kroner Dry Cleaners.
For almost a decade, Kroner has been the go-to location for area art organizations such as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
“It’s a fun challenge,” third-generation owner Ray Kroner said. “We do a lot of wedding gowns and formal work, so that loaned itself to doing (this).”
Kroner Dry Cleaners, which is located in Cheviot, began operation in 1939, but it was within the last eight to nine years that it has been dry cleaning costumes and wardrobes of some of Cincinnati’s best-known arts organizations.
Kroner said it began with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
“The arts world is very connected,” Kroner said. “They were happy with us and told the (Cincinnati) Ballet, and it spread that way.”
Not long ago, Kroner Dry Cleaners finished dry cleaning an assortment of dresses for the Cincinnati Ballet that were used in a performance of “The Nutcracker.” Along this same holiday theme, an assortment of costumes ranging from a snowman to a tiara-adorned hippo were recently completed for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
“We’re in the business of complementing someone’s personality, and your wardrobe is a piece of your personality,” Kroner said. “When you get a theater (job), you’re really dealing with some characters.”
In just a few months, Kroner Dry Cleaners will start cleaning costumes and wardrobes for the Playhouse as the cycle of productions continues.