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 (Part 2)

Originally posted - Jul 23, 2014 [This is the second of a two-part series on ways to build a successful team of laundry attendants.] We recently reached out to a number of self-service laundry owners and asked them to briefly outline their team management practices...

Teamwork (Part 2)

Originally posted - Jul 23, 2014 [This is the second of a two-part series on ways to build a successful team of laundry attendants.] We recently reached out to a number of self-service laundry owners and asked them to briefly outline their team management practices...

Giving Back

Originally posted - Nov 19, 2013 Jeff Lindemann likes to say that he's probably not the best businessman. However, the facts are the facts. And the former police officer and his wife, Mandy, currently own and operate not one or two - but three - successful businesses...

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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...

Get in the Game

Originally posted - Aug 26, 2014 For many self-service laundry owners, the coin-operated amusement industry may be an untapped business opportunity. Games and other arcade-style machines offer outstanding profit potential for store operators who are willing to pursue...

Store Design: Built to Succeed

Originally posted - Jul 31, 2014 Other than location, the most crucial contributing factor to the ultimate success or failure of any self-service laundry is the layout and design of the store's interior. "When you spend time and attention on the layout and design of a...

Less is More: The Greening of an Industry

Originally posted - Jun 26, 2014 Morgan Gary recently received an MBA in sustainable business. Not coincidentally, she also just opened her very own sustainable business – Spin Laundry Lounge, which is described as an eco-friendly laundromat within a "retro-mod" café...

The X Factor

Originally posted - Dec 26, 2013 Detergent. Besides water, natural gas and electricity, it's perhaps the hottest commodity at your self-service laundry. Whether you sell it in your vending machine or over the counter, or simply prefer to let your customers bring in...

The Future of Water

Originally posted - Apr 24, 2014 Water covers approximately 70 percent of the Earth's surface. However, less than 1 percent of that is available for human use – such as agricultural, domestic, commercial, industrial and environmental needs. To make matters even...

Dude, That’s a Totally Gnarly Laundromat!

Originally posted - Oct 11, 2013 Jason Dodge – who owns Milwaukee Laundry & Tanning in Milwaukee, Wis. – has been in the self-service laundry business since 2007. And, until recently, his store has looked pretty much like every other laundromat in town. However,...

Taking a New Route

Originally posted - May 28, 2014 Each year, billions of dollars go through apartment laundry rooms, which provide basically the same service your laundromat offers. And, although the target demographics for self-service laundries and apartment laundry rooms are...

The New Normal?

Originally - Sep 16, 2014 Technically, the Great Recession lasted from December 2007 to June 2009. That's what the economists and history books will tell you. However, some laundry professionals might have a slightly different timeline. It began with the bursting of...

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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
  • Wash with Wally: Best Way to Re-Equip and Upgrade Your Laundromat
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Super Laundry Names Regional Vice President

Super Laundry has named industry veteran Bob Eisenberg as its new regional vice president. With more than 30 years of laundry business experience, Eisenberg will oversee the company's office in King Of Prussia, Pa. "Bob brings national and regional experience to Super...

Speed Queen Multi-Housing Names New Sales Manager

Alliance Laundry Systems has promoted Craig Madson to North American sales manager of Speed Queen Multi-Housing. Madson succeeds Chuck Melton, who will retire in 2015. "Craig has been a valuable asset to Alliance for many years, and his experience with sales and...

U.S. Mint: No Change to Coins

In December 2014, the U.S. Mint submitted its biennial report to Congress regarding its ongoing Alternative Metals Study. The report included a recommendation that no changes be made to the composition of circulating coins. The report goes on to summarize the Mint's...

Yankee Equipment Names COO

Yankee Equipment Systems, Inc., based in Barrington, N.H., has appointed Peter Limoncelli its chief operating officer. Limoncelli has held a variety of positions at Yankee throughout his 22-year career, ranging from field sales to sales management to executive-level...

Wholesale Commercial Expands into Northeast Region

Wholesale Commercial Laundry Equipment S.E. LLC, headquartered in Southside, Ala., has announced that it now serves self-service laundries in Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania and areas of New Jersey, including the counties of Mercer, Burlington, Ocean, Camden, Salem,...

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