ANNISTON, Ala. — During its recent annual Small Business Awards ceremony, the Calhoun County (Alabama) Area Chamber and Visitors Center named Washin Coin Laundry/Golden Springs Laundry Company its Sustaining Small Business of the Year.
“The Sustaining Small Business of the Year (award) is presented to a business that, through extraordinary contribution and unwavering commitment, positively affects the economic development of our communities,” the Chamber reports.
The Chamber says it created the Small Business Excellence Awards—of which the Sustaining Small Business of the Year is one—to showcase the achievement and impact of small businesses in its region. Each year, businesses with fewer than 75 employees are recognized for their creativity, vitality, stability and relevance, but equally important in selecting winners are civic involvement and responsiveness, mentoring, corporate responsibility, employee recognition, and concerns regarding service issues.
Accepting the Sustaining Small Business of the Year award was Ken Barrett, president and founder of Washin Coin Laundry and Golden Springs Laundry Company, divisions of KBar Inc.
“Receiving this award is really a tribute to the many people that supported this business,” Barrett says. “A great staff and management team, support businesses in the area, family and, of course, the customers, many of whom I have known for years.”
Started in 2010 on Quintard Avenue in Anniston, Washin Coin Laundry expanded in 2011 with the acquisition of a location on Greenbrier Dear Road that instituted a drop-off service. With continued growth but limited space, it was decided to renovate a Hamric Drive building in Oxford, including things such as free Wi-Fi, a children’s area with books, small chairs and a TV.
LaundroMax Oxford was purchased in spring 2018. This location provides a different variety of lower-cost washers and dryers for price-conscious customers, according to Barrett.
Washin Coin Laundry then expanded to the Lenlock area of Anniston with the revitalization of a building that had been vacant for many years.
2018 continued to be a busy year as the company added a pickup and delivery service. Golden Springs Laundry Company offers local laundry services to residential and commercial customers in the Anniston/Oxford area.
With a recent “Book Drive for Kids” and plans to provide free books and other literacy support to children while they are at the Laundromat, Washin Coin Laundry shows no signs of slowing down.
“We provide a basic necessity of health, clean clothes, but we also want to be seen as a supporter of the community,” Barrett says. “Our focus now is on the children of the community and helping to build their futures through literacy.”