Bolden’s Dry Cleaning & Shirt Laundry, Corner of 8th and Conner Streets, Circa 1960

“Bolden’s Dry Cleaners has a rich history in Noblesville.

In 1960, Edward Bolden and his wife, Bing, purchased the Noblesville Cleaners and Shirt Laundry, at the northwest corner of Eighth and Conner streets, from Orville Bays. In the early 1970s, Ed Bolden suffered a heart attack, so his son, Jere Bolden, now 78, and Jere’s wife, Joan Bolden, came on board at the business, then took over after Ed Bolden’s death.

In the 1973, when the Boldens moved to Noblesville with their four children, Kurt, Beth, Craig and Susan, the dry cleaners became a family affair, with all of the children working there when each was old enough.

Joan (Current Owner), Beth, & Craig Bolden – CREDIT: The Times photo by Betsy Reason

That fall, the business’s name changed to Bolden’s Dry Cleaners. In 1980, Bolden’s opened a second store in Harbourtown Center in Noblesville. In 1986, when Craig Bolden graduated from the International Fabric Institute, he came to work full time.

Joan Bolden, now the sole owner, built the current dry-cleaners building in 1990, after the former property was taken over by the County by eminent domain and razed during the Courthouse Expansion Project. The cleaners was located where the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center now stands. ” – Excerpt from “The Times” by Betsy Reason, Editor March 26, 2015

In 2015, Bolden’s suffered a devastating loss due to an electrical fire. Three people were in the building when the fire started and escaped without injury. It only took approximately thirty minutes to destroy the building and equipment. You can read more about the fire in the Noblesville Times Article, Bolden’s Burns.

Three months after the blaze Joan, Beth, and Craig made a group decision to rebuild from the ground up. Seven months after the decision, Bolden’s was back in business with a brand new building, state of the art equipment, and ear to ear grins. “”I wish we could have opened sooner,” said Joan Bolden, Cicero. While she still remembers the sadness in her heart on the day that her store burned, she had a big smile on her face this week. She’s excited about the opening and getting back to serving her customers. She said it’s “good service” that has been key to longevity. ” “I love our customers. We have wonderful customers,” said Joan Bolden, as she bounced around the store, learning about each new machine.” – Ecerpt from “The Times” by Betsy Reason, Editor Jan 13, 2016.