In 1911 the family patriarch, Henry Allan Culpepper, began his career in the dry cleaning
business in Fredericksburg. Henry opened and operated several dry cleaning and tailor
shops from 1911 to 1937, taking a brief leave of the business to serve his country in World
War I from 1917 to 1918.
Henry founded Culpepper Cleaners in San Antonio in 1937 with the soul mission of providing
San Antonians with the highest quality dry cleaning services in the area. His son Richard Allan
Culpepper joined him in 1949, becoming the second generation of the family-run business.
The need for quality cleaners in San Antonio grew and Richard and his wife Nancy responded
by opening a second store in 1969 at 5203 Callaghan Road. After numerous expansions this
location serves as the dry cleaning and laundry plant today.
Richard and Nancy’s son Jess joined the business in 1978 as the third generation family member.
The family opened two other locations, one at 7730 Broadway in 1980 and another at 2116 NW
Military Highway in 1990.
Since then, three other family members have followed in the time-honored tradition of joining the business; Mickey Walker in 1990 (Richard’s son-in-law), Jo Anne (Jess’ wife) in 1994 and Terri Culpepper Walker (Richard’s daughter and Mickey’s wife) in 1995.
Over 70 years later, the third generation specialists continue to fulfill Henry’s founding mission.
Jess Culpepper is a Certified Garment Care Professional (CGCP).
This certification is given to those who have passed three exacting and comprehensive examinations.
• CED - Certified Environmental Drycleaner
• CPD - Certified Professional Drycleaner
• CPW - Certified Professional Wetcleaner