Not all superheros wear capes—some of them wear measuring tape.
Massullo’s has taken countless treasured garments, seemingly ruined, and made them clean. When teenage girls show up just days before prom with dresses that need to be hemmed and taken in, they make it happen.
“Just last night a minister came in here at 5 o’clock. We close at 5:30. He’d just found out he had to do a funeral at 11 o’clock the next morning,” says owner Linda Cerone. “He needed a suit, coat, and tie cleaned. We got it done for him, and we even sewed his pants for him that he busted.”
The minister was amazed and grateful. But Cerone, like any good superhero, was hesitant to accept the praise. The folks at Massullo’s are long accustomed to saving the day.
Cerone’s grandfather Dominick Massullo started the business in 1925, opening a tailor shop on Pleasant Street. Her father, Carl, and his brother Ralph took over the business some years later, moved to the corner of Chestnut and Walnut streets, and added dry cleaning services. They moved again in 1961 to the business’s current plant on High Street.
Cerone, her husband, Tony, and her brother Carl Jr. bought the business in the late ’70s, eventually adding a drop-off and pick-up location at Suncrest Towne Centre.
Tony and Carl Jr. passed away in 2012, leaving her to run the business. Cerone says she’s not retiring anytime soon—at least, not until Massullo’s celebrates its 100th birthday in seven years. In the meantime, she’s going to continue the long family tradition of helping customers out of tight spots and stained shirts. — ZH
447 High Street, 1068 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, 304.296.5210