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Mandy's Cleaners

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Let's say you actually lose the ten pounds you said you were going to lose this summer. Amanda Bahena—aka Mandy—is the gal to update your wardrobe. Bahena runs a cozy, homey storefront with her two teenage sons, and does all the alterations herself—she's an experienced seamstress who's been in the trade since her teens back in Mexico. On one of the rare occasions my diet worked, my boobs lost weight, too. Mandy sewed bra pads right into my favorite party dresses and I was set to make a grand entrance again. Her service is priced fairly, and it's fast and well executed. Plus she's a doll and might stay open late to accommodate hectic schedules. Dress alterations start at $12, hemming services at $5, and jacket adjustments at $15.