Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SQUEAKY-CLEAN QUEENDOM

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BEST SQUEAKY-CLEAN QUEENDOM

Just as though it were real hamlet, Norge Laundry and Cleaning Village is guarded by two watchful matriarchs. The funky pair of female sovereigns, Lorene Howard and Genny Bruggen, have owned Norge for eight years, and recently started hosting live concerts for their people. Frequently delighting the masses are endearing glam rockers the Clarences, who set a joyful tone with Bowie face paint and handfuls of glitter confetti. They alternate with various singer-songwriters and one-man bands that defy categorization. Howard brags that Norge has the "hottest dryers in town," but more importantly, she and Bruggen are the warmest proprietors you're likely to find. Added bonus: get on a regular cleaning schedules and the ladies will pass you life advice, and even switch your load from washer to dryer if they find you a welcome addition to the fabric of their lives.

3908 Grand, Oakl. (510) 653-3435