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Dry Heat

Need your dry cleaning done at 2 a.m.? Log onto this 24/7 dry cleaning Web site.

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This story appears in the December 2000 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Payam Zamani does not take dry cleaning lightly. "Nothing used to upset me more when I was traveling on business than to pick up my dry cleaning and find that there were missing buttons, a double crease in my pants, or my shirt was over-starched," recalls the 29-year-old Pleasanton, California, entrepreneur.

Zamani was so disappointed, he decided to start PurpleTie.com, where customers can log on 24/7 and arrange for one of Zamani's 150 delivery vans to pick up and drop off dry cleaning at a pre-arranged time. PurpleTie, which uses environmentally friendly cleaning agents, performs all its services at regional facilities, which enhances efficiency and consistency, according to Zamani. The business will also offer bulk laundry services and shoe shines.

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