The First Lady of Literacy in the Laundromat

An Interview with New York University’s Dr. Susan Neuman Dr. Susan B. Neuman is a professor of childhood and literacy development at New York University. Previously, she has been a professor at the University of Michigan and has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary...

Sales Tax Victory in Connecticut

Self-Service Laundry Retains Tax Exemption The recent $43.4 billion budget bill passed by the Connecticut General Assembly includes a number of changes to the Connecticut tax laws, including an expansion of the sales tax base to include new services. Fortunately,...

Fourth-Generation Drycleaner Opens First Vended Laundry

The owners of City Cleaners, based in Akron, Ohio, recently opened a 3,000-square-foot vended laundry adjacent to the family’s drycleaning business, which has been in operation for four generations. The brand new Laundromat City is fully attended and equipped with the...

In the City

L.A. Laundry Owner Ronnie Morales Discusses Operating in a Dense, Urban Marketplace Ronnie Morales currently owns two Laundry 360 locations in Carson, Calif., which is located just outside of downtown Los Angeles. A former insurance agent for State Farm, Morales knew...

Teamwork

Originally posted - Jun 25, 2014 [This is the first of a two-part series on ways to build a successful team of laundry attendants.] Perhaps it's easy for the uninitiated to underestimate the job that self-service laundry attendants perform. However, their duties...

Turning Point

Originally posted - Jun 17, 2014 Erik Sparks has been a professional pilot for more than 20 years, having spent the last 18 of those years flying for a charter airline – Ryan International Airlines. Over the years, Sparks has flown a diverse list of operations. Those...

2013: The Year in Review

Originally posted - Dec 09, 2013 In odd-numbered years, nothing that happens in the self-service laundry business can top the spectacle of The Clean Show. And 2013 – with the industry's trade show and convention in New Orleans – was no exception. "One of the major...

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Paying with Plastic

Originally posted - Feb 27, 2012 One of the most exciting new developments in the self-service laundry industry is the concept of credit card acceptance for laundry services. Recently, many companies, both old and new, have announced products to help the laundry owner...

Paying with Plastic

Originally posted - Feb 27, 2012 One of the most exciting new developments in the self-service laundry industry is the concept of credit card acceptance for laundry services. Recently, many companies, both old and new, have announced products to help the laundry owner...

Decreasing Downtime

Orginally posted - Mar 18, 2013 Every laundromat owner has one thing in common – we all want to maximize the amount of turns per day on our equipment. To every customer, your laundromat never has enough machines for their needs, regardless of the size of the store,...

Round the Clock

Originally posted - Jun 14, 2012 A growing trend among self-service laundries is to stay open 'round the clock – 24/7. Personally, I have owned three laundromats – and two of the three were (and still are) open 24 hours. I also have built many, many more laundries for...

Decreasing Downtime

Orginally posted - Mar 18, 2013 Every laundromat owner has one thing in common – we all want to maximize the amount of turns per day on our equipment. To every customer, your laundromat never has enough machines for their needs, regardless of the size of the store,...

Learn From My Mistakes

Originally posted - Oct 09, 2014 When building my two self-service laundries, I really thought I had covered all my bases. I even shared my design with a paid consultant and a few veteran store owners to see what they thought. And yet I still overlooked several...

‘Fun’ for the Whole Family

Orginally posted - Oct 21, 2013 Ask most laundry owners about their landlords and you're likely to get more than a few responses that are less than suitable for a family publication such as ours. Not so with Kevin Moyle, who operates Loads of Fun in Houghton, Mich....

The Customer is Always Right Even When They’re Not

Originally posted - April issue/2012 An Interview with Pennsylvania Laundry Owner Jeryl Knechel Jeryl Knechel operates laundromats in Pennsylvania. He also is the treasurer of the Delaware Valley Coin Laundry Association. He recently took some time to talk with...

‘Power’ Hitter

Originally posted - June issue 2012 Richard Costello is president of Acela Energy Group, an energy consulting group specializing in energy procurement and load management, as well as energy conservation training, auditing and on-site wind and solar generation...

Leading the Way

Originally posted - Jan issue/2012 Kenny Wells has always been and entrepreneur to some degree. Before entering the coin laundry business, he was a real estate broker, primarily managing his own apartments and mobile homes as rental property. Along the way, he also...

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  • The First Lady of Literacy in the Laundromat: An Exclusive Interview with New York University’s Dr. Susan Neuman
  • Store Operations: Keep Your HVAC System Efficient – And Your Customers Comfortable
  • The Business Mind: How to Separate Your Business from the Other Stores in the Marketplace
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On-Demand Laundry Delivery Service Opens in Washington D.C. Market

Bob Schwartz is the Owner/Operator of WashClub D.C. WashClubTrak, a tech-based laundry and drycleaning company with on-demand pickup and delivery, is rolling out services in Washington D.C. "Doing laundry is a time-consuming, never-ending problem," said Bob Schwartz,...

A New Phase for PWS Legacy

Brad Steinberg, Brad Pollack Now Sole Company Shareholders/Owners PWS - The Laundry Company has announced that Brad Steinberg and Brad Pollack, co-presidents of PWS, Inc., have concluded a buyout of the corporate stock holdings of Eric Steinberg and Mort Pollack,...

Equipment Marketers Appointed Electrolux, Wascomat Distributor

Laundrylux has announced that Equipment Marketers, based in Cherry Hill, N.J., is now an authorized Electrolux and Wascomat distributor for vended and on-premises laundry equipment. "We are pleased to welcome Richard and Susan LaMaina, along with the entire Equipment...

WashClub NYC Celebrates Earth Day

App-Based Laundry Service Will Plant a Tree for Every Customer Order Received in April In honor of Earth Day on April 22, WashClub NYC has announced that it will plant a tree for every customer order received this month. "We are an Earth-conscious company that...

Continental Welcomes New Vended Laundry Distributor

Manufacturer Announces Partnership with Equipment Marketers Continental Girbau Inc. has partnered with a new vended laundry distributor – Equipment Marketers, based in Cherry Hill, N.J. The distributorship will represent the ExpressWash, ExpressDry, L-Series washer,...

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