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Wash With Wally

Wash with Wally: Fire-Damaged Dryers

Originally posted - Sep 16, 2013 I have a huge problem with my insurance company. I had a dryer fire, in which half of my dryers were totally destroyed. The other half had minor heat damage, but a lot of smoke and stain damage. The problem I’m having is that the...

Wash with Wally: Cleaning Cloth Napkins

Originally posted - Apr 09, 2014 I have a commercial client who wants my store to take over the cloth napkin laundry service for his Italian restaurant. I’m not sure what is required to perform a quality service for this specific account. The napkins are red and...

Negotiating a Reasonable Rent

I’m trying to buy a laundry that’s located in a shopping center, and I would like to know what is considered a reasonable rent per square foot. I don’t want to get stuck with a lot of escalator clauses. Of course, a “reasonable rent” is relative to the...

The Business Mind

Crossing Paths

Originally posted - May 07, 2012 Those of you familiar with comedian Steven Wright have probably heard his hilarious one-liner about a man who asks a parachutist if he ever finds it frightening to jump out of airplanes – to which the parachutist deadpans: “I’m...

Philosophers in the Gift Shop

Originally posted - Feb 13, 2012 Every Sunday, I work as a volunteer in the emergency department of a major hospital in the Detroit area. This particular hospital happens to have an extraordinary gift shop. One of the best features of this shop is its amazing...

Mind Your Business

Originally posted - Sep 09, 2014 The late Hall of Fame baseball manager George "Sparky” Anderson was a down-home, good-hearted, likable and highly intelligent guy. And, during his years managing the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers, he also was a very quotable one....