I was born in Flint wanted to pass along my own little ex-pat story of Flintites scattered to the four winds.
I was in L.A. not too long ago for my brother in-law’s wedding. I needed to get my tux pressed and the hotel sent me to a dry cleaner down on Pico near Westwood. The place was called “Perfect Cleaners” – I didn't give it much thought as it didn't strike me as a terribly unique name for a dry cleaning establishment, but I did remembering that there was a Perfect Cleaners in downtown on Saginaw street (it had been Falk’s drug store when I was a little kid).
Anyway, as I was waiting in line to hand my tux over, I noticed that the store had pictures on the wall of the Perfect Cleaner’s shop in Grand Blanc, Fenton and in Flint on Fenton Road (I believe). Turns out this Perfect Cleaners was owned by the son of the owner of the Flint area cleaners and had moved the store out to LA when his dad retired from the business.
I’ve not been back to Grand Blanc in 20 years so I don’t know if there is a Perfect Cleaners still at that location or any cleaners at all. However, it was strange being completely across the country looking at old black and white photos from Grand Blanc and Fenton. Needless to say, the guy behind the desk was amazed that I knew exactly what the pictures were of and where they were taken. I suspect I was the first one to ever ask or recognize that store's parentage.