Best Of 2005

BEST PLACE TO GET PANTS HEMMED — PRONTO: Sew Fast

On the advice of a friend, one of our Best of the Bay associates brought a pair of jeans with a distressed hem to Sew Fast to be shortened. The man at the counter took a quick measurement, handed over the claim ticket and curtly asked, “When do you want them?” It was a Monday. The associate paused, used to having seamsters dictate when the job would be done. “When do you want them?” the man asked again, “Wednesday … tomorrow?” Tomorrow? The associate was really flummoxed now. “Um, uh, Wednesday’ll be OK,” the associate mumbled in reply. On his way out, the associate asked if the jeans would keep the same distressed hem. “No problem,” the man said. “That’s how we do it.” And that’s how Sew Fast did it. 2209 W. Platt St., Tampa, 813-258-0161.