Ticonderoga When Spic-N-Span takes on a new job, owner Marie Gijanto doesn’t add a new customer. She makes a new friend.
“Marie is so wonderful,” said Claire Phillips of Hague. “She does an excellent job, she gets into every corner, but the best thing is that she’s a lovely person. She puts her heart into everything she does. I look forward to seeing Marie.”
When Spic-N-Span started business July 7, 2007, Phillips was the firm’s first client along with Mike Fitzgerald of Hague and Jake Gijanto of Ticonderoga. It had two employees, Marie Gijanto and her daughter Riva Gijanto-Burris.
Spic-N-Span now has seven employees, three vehicles and works in Essex, Warren and Washington counties. The company does residential and commercial cleaning, indoor construction clean up, and opens and closes seasonal camps.
“We do everything and anything,” Marie Gijanto said. “If someone needs curtain taken down we’ll do it. If they need a spring cleaning we do it. If a business needs cleaning we do that.”
Spic-N-Span can be reached at 585-6964. Rates depend on the job, although senior citizen discounts are available. She noted a home cleaning can be a great gift, especially for holidays and Mothers Day.
Business is booming for Spic-N-Span. Gijanto credits her employees and satisfied customers with the company’s success. She also credited the Times of Ti for a successful advertising campaign.
“It’s my employees who make us successful,” she said. “If if weren’t for them I wouldn’t be in business. It’s basically a family business, everyone is extended family.”
Of course, almost everyone Gijanto meets instantly becomes “family.” She regularly refers to close friends as “sisters.”
Gijanto has high hopes for Spin-N-Span. She would like to extend the business into the Glens Falls area and eventually franchise it.
Spic-N-Span thrives with a lot of help, Gijanto noted.
“First I have to thank our heavenly father; he makes everything happen,” she said. “And my husband, Don, is the brains behind the company. He’s my problem solver, my CEO.”
Gijanto also singled out Donna Fleury, Dannae Whalen-Hall, Tanya LaFrance, Tanya Gijanto, Pat Ida, Nicole Corriveau and Phil Swanson of Lake George Lettering for their contributions to her business.
“Life is so wonderful,” Marie Gijanto said. “It’s all thanks to the support of family and friends.”