Memory Lane

Our Owner and Founder

Carolyn Varian started out as the owner of Crown Cleaners in Sunland, California, where she founded Memory Lane. After gaining experience and building a large clientele base she became the owner of Bowtie Cleaners in La Cañada, California, where she continued her work with Memory Lane.

Wedding Gown Preservation & Cleaning from Memory Lane in Sunland, CA
Carolyn Varian: founder of Memory Lane

Throughout this time she became very involved in the world of dry cleaning. Carolyn graduated from the International Fabricare Institute (IFI) and worked her way up to Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles Dry Cleaners Association (GLADCA), and eventually became the president. Our proud owner was also a director of the California Cleaners Association (CCA) and was an Advisory Board Member of the Employment Department of Development (EDD) State of California.

Her involvement brought her unprecedented recognition. Carolyn made appearances of the “Today Show” and “Good Morning America”, she spoke out about environmental issues in an interview with local TV news reporter Doug Krugel, and was a featured guest speaker with Saks Fifth Avenue. A featured article and centerfold in American Dry Cleaner magazine and articles in Western Cleaner and Launderer were published praising the work of our prized owner, and she received the Best Dry Cleaner of the Year Award from Best of the Foothills. Miss Varian was also recognized in the National Register of “Who’s Who,” professional section.

Following a period of peak business Carolyn decided that it was time to sell her cleaners and dedicate her efforts entirely to Memory Lane Bridal Cleaning and Restoration.

It was also an ambition of our owner to pass on her knowledge, so she earned her teaching credential in Fabric Maintenance, State of California and taught the “Laundry Operator/Dry Cleaning” course at Harbor Occupational Center, San Pedro, California.

Carolyn has since given up teaching and resumed business at Memory Lane. Currently, Carolyn is a member of the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute, a director of the SoCal Cleaners Association (formerly GLADCA), and a member of the National Professional Women’s Association (NPWA). Carolyn also stays connected to her community by being a part of the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce, and the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce.