There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
In 1997, Georgetown dry cleaner Uptown Valet became an unlikely matchmaker, thanks to its “Wall of Singles.” While dropping off their laundry, customers could tape up their pictures and communicate with other singles through Post-it notes. It yielded one marriage, fostered countless hookups, and racked up an Oprah feature and column inches in Glamour, People, and the Washington Post. But after the wall got out of hand in 2001—it eventually held 2,000 pictures—Uptown’s then-owner discontinued it. Now, with the cleaner under new management, the Wall of Singles is back. “Customers keep saying, ‘I need a good-looking man,’” says manager Crissy Lim. Since the wall was resurrected earlier this month, more than 200 photos have been posted. Married patrons have started a separate wall of baby pictures. But hitched and looking for a little action on the side? Don’t even think about it: “This is only for singles,” Lim says.