60 Years… And Counting

An Interview with Laundromat Owner Frank Lambing Frank Lambing is one of the laundromat industry’s true pioneers. He opened Lamb Launderette on his family’s farmland in Williamstown, N.J., in 1961. And he’s never looked back. Today, still in the very same location,...

In Your Face

Never Stop Looking for Creative Ways to Get Your Brand in Front of Your Customers – And Potential Customers If you’re a regular reader of PlanetLaundry, you know that my fellow columnists Stephen Bean and Dennis Diaz are always talking about the importance of your...

General Booth Sales Now Open for Clean 2022

General booth sales are now open for the upcoming edition of the Clean Show, which is scheduled for July 30 – August 2, 2022, in Atlanta. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. With pre-sales already underway for all 2019 Clean Show exhibitors, the...

Laundry’s Changing Landscape

From Branded Concept Stores to Franchise Opportunities, Laundromat Investors Have Never Had More Choices “I hate that word ‘franchise.’ It always makes me think of French fries.” – Sigourney Weaver French fries? Yes. Cheeseburgers? Definitely. Dirty laundry? Maybe not...

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60 Years… And Counting

60 Years… And Counting

An Interview with Laundromat Owner Frank Lambing Frank Lambing is one of the laundromat industry’s true pioneers. He opened Lamb Launderette on his family’s farmland in Williamstown, N.J., in 1961. And he’s never looked back. Today, still in the very same location,...

Laundry’s Changing Landscape

Laundry’s Changing Landscape

From Branded Concept Stores to Franchise Opportunities, Laundromat Investors Have Never Had More Choices “I hate that word ‘franchise.’ It always makes me think of French fries.” – Sigourney Weaver French fries? Yes. Cheeseburgers? Definitely. Dirty laundry? Maybe not...

What’s Your Value Proposition?

What’s Your Value Proposition?

Understanding and Leveraging This Concept Will Elevate Your Laundromat Business to New Levels of Success and Profitability What if I told you that you could increase your prices anywhere from 25 percent to 100 percent and end up with a stronger, healthier business....

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60 Years… And Counting

An Interview with Laundromat Owner Frank Lambing Frank Lambing is one of the laundromat industry’s true pioneers. He opened Lamb Launderette on his family’s farmland in Williamstown, N.J., in 1961. And he’s never looked back. Today, still in the very same location,...

Maytag Commercial Laundry Announces Equipment Replacement Contest

Maytag Commercial Laundry recently announced its Replace Today for $10K Maytag Commercial Laundry Contest. Laundromat owners who purchase replacement equipment between January 1, 2021, and July 31, 2021, will be eligible to participate in the contest to win $10,000....

Alliance Laundry Systems to Acquire D&M Equipment

Alliance Laundry Systems recently announced that it is acquiring the distribution assets of D&M Equipment Co., headquartered in Chicago. This marks Alliance’s third acquisition of 2021 and the first purchase of a distributor of multiple manufacturers’ products....

In Your Face

Never Stop Looking for Creative Ways to Get Your Brand in Front of Your Customers – And Potential Customers If you’re a regular reader of PlanetLaundry, you know that my fellow columnists Stephen Bean and Dennis Diaz are always talking about the importance of your...

Alliance Laundry Systems to Acquire Washburn Machinery

Alliance Laundry Systems is acquiring the distribution assets of Washburn Machinery Inc. and is expected to close on the purchase later this year. Established in 1948, Washburn Machinery, Elk Grove Village, Ill., provides on-premises laundry solutions to a variety of...

General Booth Sales Now Open for Clean 2022

General booth sales are now open for the upcoming edition of the Clean Show, which is scheduled for July 30 – August 2, 2022, in Atlanta. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. With pre-sales already underway for all 2019 Clean Show exhibitors, the...

Laundry’s Changing Landscape

From Branded Concept Stores to Franchise Opportunities, Laundromat Investors Have Never Had More Choices “I hate that word ‘franchise.’ It always makes me think of French fries.” – Sigourney Weaver French fries? Yes. Cheeseburgers? Definitely. Dirty laundry? Maybe not...

Wash with Wally: Removing Permanent Marker Stains

How can I best remove black, permanent marker stains from a pair of heavy-duty, brown duck fabric coveralls? Any leads you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Admittedly, some black marker stains can be very difficult to remove, especially if the spots have been...

HappyNest Expands into Denver Market

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest is now available in the Denver area through the company’s new partner, Sunshine Cleaners & Laundromat, based in Arvada, Colo. “HappyNest is sweeping the country with our latest location in the Denver area,” said John...

Are You a Procrastinator?

The Time You’re Wasting is Costing You Money, Customers and the Opportunity to Reach Your Full Potential While attending Michigan State University as an undergraduate, I served as the student manager of the varsity tennis team. One particularly freezing January...

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  • Laundry’s Changing Landscape: From Branded Concept Stores to Franchise Opportunities, Laundromat Investors Have Never Had More Choices
  • Digital Marketing: Investing in ‘Online Real Estate’
  • The Laundry Doctor:Creative Ways to Get Your Brand in Front of Customers 
  • A Laundry Life: An Interview with Store Owner Frank Lambing
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Maytag Commercial Laundry Announces Equipment Replacement Contest

Maytag Commercial Laundry recently announced its Replace Today for $10K Maytag Commercial Laundry Contest. Laundromat owners who purchase replacement equipment between January 1, 2021, and July 31, 2021, will be eligible to participate in the contest to win $10,000....

Alliance Laundry Systems to Acquire D&M Equipment

Alliance Laundry Systems recently announced that it is acquiring the distribution assets of D&M Equipment Co., headquartered in Chicago. This marks Alliance’s third acquisition of 2021 and the first purchase of a distributor of multiple manufacturers’ products....

Alliance Laundry Systems to Acquire Washburn Machinery

Alliance Laundry Systems is acquiring the distribution assets of Washburn Machinery Inc. and is expected to close on the purchase later this year. Established in 1948, Washburn Machinery, Elk Grove Village, Ill., provides on-premises laundry solutions to a variety of...

General Booth Sales Now Open for Clean 2022

General booth sales are now open for the upcoming edition of the Clean Show, which is scheduled for July 30 – August 2, 2022, in Atlanta. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. With pre-sales already underway for all 2019 Clean Show exhibitors, the...

HappyNest Expands into Denver Market

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest is now available in the Denver area through the company’s new partner, Sunshine Cleaners & Laundromat, based in Arvada, Colo. “HappyNest is sweeping the country with our latest location in the Denver area,” said John...

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In Your Face

Never Stop Looking for Creative Ways to Get Your Brand in Front of Your Customers – And Potential Customers If you’re a regular reader of PlanetLaundry, you know that my fellow columnists Stephen Bean and Dennis Diaz are always talking about the importance of your...

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Are You a Procrastinator?

Are You a Procrastinator?

The Time You’re Wasting is Costing You Money, Customers and the Opportunity to Reach Your Full Potential While attending Michigan State University as an undergraduate, I served as the student manager of the varsity tennis team. One particularly freezing January...

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Wash With Wally

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Enthusiasm for Our ‘Essential’ Industry

Enthusiasm for Our ‘Essential’ Industry

The laundromat business has proven itself to be recession-resistant, pandemic-resistant – and, yes, “essential.” As a result, the industry is growing at a rate at which I’ve never seen before. People are fleeing corporate America to build or buy laundromats. Current...

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Reaching Out to Today’s ‘Omni-Shopper’

Reaching Out to Today’s ‘Omni-Shopper’

How to Unify Your Business’ Online and Offline Experiences We’ve been living in an “omni-channel world” for a while now. What does that mean? It means your customers aren’t just looking you up online or finding your ad and making a decision. They’re looking everywhere...

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