Are You Still Single?

Industry Experts and Veteran Laundry Operators Discuss the Continued Growth of the Multi-Store Ownership Model Michael Addison purchased his first laundromat in New York in 2016 – and he has opened a new location every year since. In southern California, owner Art...

Marketing Your Multi-Store Operation

To Grow Your Vended Laundry Business, Focus on Four Key Factors Here’s a fact that shouldn’t surprise you by now: More than half of all purchases are influenced by a digital presence. You, your neighbors and the strangers across town are all Googling (and maybe...

Making a Difference

ReadyNation Salutes the Good Work of The LaundryCares Foundation Gardner, Wallace Receive ‘Business Champion for Children’ Awards As the Coin Laundry Association’s LaundryCares Foundation gears up for its 2nd annual Literacy Summit in Chicago this March, the...

Time for a Grand Re-Opening?

Spring Can Be the Ideal Season to Refresh Your Vended Laundry Business Traditionally, the months leading up to spring provide a perfect opportunity to refresh and brighten up your vended laundry. Most of us tend to experience a spike in business during spring and...
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Life Before Laundry

Owners Open Up About Their Professional Backgrounds Prior to Running Their StoresJust taking a wild guess here – but it's probably likely that the vast majority of those of you reading this sentence right now never thought you would ever in a million years be in (or...

A Southern Gentleman

An Interview with Veteran Laundry Distributor Lamar ThomasLamar Thomas, president of T&L Equipment Sales Co., got his start in the laundry industry in 1954, delivering washers and dryers to coin laundries in the Charlotte, N.C. area. In 1967, he joined his...

Language in the Laundromat

Store Owners Launch Early Childhood Literacy and Learning Program in the Chicago SuburbsLaundry operators Bill Norteman and Jim Cowen know what it's like to try to do the family laundry with children in tow. As the co-owners of JetXpress Laundry in Elgin, Ill., they...

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Partners in Laundry

To say the least, business partnerships of any kind are always going to be challenging. In fact, the majority of partnerships I’ve ever seen have failed, rather than succeeded. What’s the problem? I believe the issue is that a business partnership is much like a...

Stand By Your Brand

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy who you are.” – Bruce Turkel, TURKEL Brands Not so many years ago, the notion of a “well-branded laundromat” would either be drowned out by laughter or quickly filed away as an oxymoron. Today, I am inspired by the...

All in the Family

The Psychodynamics of the Family-Owned Laundry Business – And How to Keep Yours Running Smoothly and EfficientlyMy guess is that early on nearly all small businesses were family-run businesses, especially in smaller towns. Since then, we've evolved from there to...

Here’s to Your Health

Tips and Tactics to Help Keep Your Wash-Dry-Fold Employees Fit, Pain-Free and ProductiveYour employees are the lifeblood of your wash-dry-fold service. And, as that operation grows, you'll likely be thinking more and more about where to find the next great laundry...

Taking the Scientific Approach

How to Leverage Today’s Neuroscience Research When Running Your Laundry Business The world of science is ablaze – hotter than ever before in recorded history. Modern-day research is uncovering useful and practical information at supersonic speed in so many areas....

The Dreaded Refund

And Why It's Really Not All That Terrible – If Handled CorrectlyI have some terrible news for you. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but I find myself compelled to let you know…Someone on your team is going to make a mistake. Or an accident will happen. Or a...

Marketing Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

Here Are Five Common Miscues to Avoid When Promoting Your Vended Laundry BusinessNo one likes to admit that they could be making some major marketing mistakes. But, the truth of the matter is that you probably are.Hey… no one's perfect, right?I've been taking a long,...

Working Together

Is a Business Partnership Right for You?Atypical. Nontraditional. A little weird.Lisa and Daryl Johnson will agree that their business partnership – and subsequent laundry industry success – is probably all of those and more.It began as a fairly normal husband/wife...

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Business Publication Honors R&B Wire Products

The Orange County Business Journal recently presented R&B Wire Products with the publication’s Family-Owned Business Award for companies with 31 to 100 employees. “It’s a huge honor to be receiving this award on behalf of my family – specifically my...

Washlava Launches Cashless Laundromat in New York City

Washlava, a mobile technology startup that enables laundry customers to reserve and pay for machines from their smartphones, has opened its second cashless, exclusively app-enabled laundromat – this time in New York’s Astoria neighborhood. “We have seen truly...

Exhibit Sales, Housing Now Open for Clean ’19

Exhibit sales are now open to all companies for Clean 2019, the textile care industry’s premier trade show, which will be held June 20-23, 2019, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Hotel reservations for the show also are open through...

Laundry One to Open Branch Office in Indianapolis

Laundry One – a commercial laundry distributor based just outside of Columbus, Ohio – has announced that it will open a branch office in Indianapolis next month. The company is an authorized Dexter Laundry dealer, serving the vended, on-premises and multi-housing...

CLA Names New Director of Membership, Section Relations

WashClub – an app-based, on-demand laundry and drycleaning service – recently opened its newest branch in Akron, Ohio. This new WashClub branch is owned and operated by lifetime Akron resident Brenda Schwarz. The company said it chose Akron for its latest market...

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Kaizen: Get Better at Getting Better

Improve Productivity by Embracing This Japanese PhilosophyYears ago, my good friend and fellow store owner Paul Pettefer and I began work on an employee manual. We wanted to create the best possible set of processes and procedures for our businesses and staff...

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The Business Mind

Tell Your Story

How to Grow Your Laundry Business Through the Art of Storytelling “Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” – Ira Glass, American radio personality There are many strategies that you can use to attract new customers. But have you ever thought of...

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Embrace Innovation

Everything changes… always. No trend or tactic will be around forever. Yes, it may adapt, but you can't count on stagnancy. You must embrace innovation. Successful small-business owners in all industries typically are the first (or second) to purchase the latest...

Never Neglect Your Lease

Your lease can make or break your business, and that is especially true in the case of a laundromat. This is because, in most cases, a laundry business will last only as long as its lease.Leases are complicated, legalese-laden documents – typically at least 10 or more...

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