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Mpls' 1st dry cleaner with an app, Mulberrys, expands to San Francisco

Mulberrys, the first dry cleaner in Minneapolis to offer pickup and delivery service at the touch of an app, is now expanding its service to San Francisco.

Dan Miller, owner of the Minneapolis-based cleaning business, purchased GreenStreets, which operates 10 storefront locations and two proprietary Cleaning Labs in the Bay area. "Mulberrys is on a mission to establish the first national garment care brand," said Dan Miller, owner and founder of Mulberrys, in a statement. "We are thrilled to build upon GreenStreets local success while introducing Mulberrys' eco-friendly laundry service."

Terms of the sale were not disclosed after the sale closed Dec. 1. Miller chose to expand in San Francisco because he knows the area. His father lives there, but more important, he wanted to acquire a company that shares his vision of sustainability. "GreenStreets had the same hanger recycling program and used the same green technology," he said.

Combined revenue for Mulberrys and GreenStreets this year is $10 million. The name will be co-branded for a short time and then change to Mulberrys by the end of the year. "We really admire Mulberrys' vision for the future of garment care and are excited to take these next steps together," said Kevin Kneafsey, GreenStreets co-founder.

Mulberrys has locations St. Paul, Edina, Eagan, St. Louis Park, Roseville and Minneapolis. Its free app can be downloaded from Apple or Google Play.

Science/math students/educators get $25 tix to "Curious Incident" play

Okay, any student or educator with a valid student ID can get up to two tickets for $25 each at "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," now playing at the Orpheum Theatre through Sunday, Dec. 4.

Ticket prices normally range from $39 to $139 for the play, which is about a 15 year old autistic teen who relates better to algebra than human beings. The 5-time Tony winner for 2015, including best play, was described by Star Tribune Drama Critic Rohan Preston as "Retaining the luster" of the Broadway version.

To get the $25 tickets, show up at the Orpheum box office two hours prior to showtime. The seats are subject to availability and only cash is accepted.

Don't leave too soon after the play ends or you'll miss the main character Christopher solving a difficult algebra proof in less than 4 minutes. Over my head, but thoroughly entertaining.