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Case studies of what has worked, what has not.

Retired Cleveland Schoolteacher Banks on Laundry

CLEVELAND — An extensive renovation and the installation of freestanding equipment morphed an old bank building into a high-speed laundry.

Located in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland, the new 3,500-square-foot Express Laundry Center delivers a 60-minute wash-dry-fold, card access and customer care, among other amenities.

Retired schoolteacher Joe Olivo purchased the Federal Bank Building at the end of his teaching career.

“Over the next few months, I did research on laundries,” he says.

Wash, Learn, Repeat at Rainbow Coin Laundry (Conclusion)

SILVER SPRING, Md. — It’s a Thursday night at Rainbow Coin Laundry.

Amid the washers turning and dryers tumbling, a new sound can be heard—the sound of learning, as business school students from neighboring Washington Adventist University (WAU) have recently begun helping local schoolchildren with their homework here every Thursday night.

Though it may not seem like it, the one-hour, once-a-week tutoring program is all part of the business school’s efforts in rehabilitating the Laundromat, which operator Nok Kim has owned for almost 10 years.

Wash, Learn, Repeat at Rainbow Coin Laundry (Part 1)

SILVER SPRING, Md. — It’s a Thursday night at Rainbow Coin Laundry.

Amid the washers turning and dryers tumbling, a new sound can be heard—the sound of learning, as business school students from neighboring Washington Adventist University (WAU) have recently begun helping local schoolchildren with their homework here every Thursday night.

Though it may not seem like it, the one-hour, once-a-week tutoring program is all part of the business school’s efforts in rehabilitating the Laundromat, which operator Nok Kim has owned for almost 10 years.

The Laundry Café: ‘Committed to the Community’ (Conclusion)

PHILADELPHIA — It doesn’t take much to touch people, extend a hand, or offer kind words, according to business partners Brian Holland and Tyrone Akins.

So, when they launched their business plan to develop a chain of vended laundries, they also set out to serve and strengthen the inner city of Philadelphia—and that’s what they’re doing.

In less than three years, they’ve innovated two laundries in the city—both branded The Laundry Café—dedicated to honesty, transparency and community improvement.

The Laundry Café: ‘Committed to the Community’ (Part 1)

PHILADELPHIA — It doesn’t take much to touch people, extend a hand, or offer kind words, according to business partners Brian Holland and Tyrone Akins.

So, when they launched their business plan to develop a chain of vended laundries, they also set out to serve and strengthen the inner city of Philadelphia—and that’s what they’re doing.

In less than three years, they’ve innovated two laundries in the city—both branded The Laundry Café—dedicated to honesty, transparency and community improvement.

Laundry City Serves Up ‘Five-Star’ Laundry Space (Conclusion)

BALTIMORE — Five Stars—it’s a term reserved for the finest of restaurants.

It’s the rating synonymous with the most luxurious of hotels, and the phrase film critics use only for the Citizen Kanes of the silver screen. No doubt five stars is the ultimate measure of quality, the best of the best.

That was the driving force for John Pinnock in developing his Laundry City coin laundry business here.

“I wanted this to be a true five-star Laundromat,” Pinnock says.

Laundry City Serves Up ‘Five-Star’ Laundry Space (Part 1)

BALTIMORE — Five stars—it’s a term reserved for the finest of restaurants.

It’s the rating synonymous with the most luxurious of hotels, and the phrase film critics use only for the Citizen Kanes of the silver screen. No doubt five stars is the ultimate measure of quality, the best of the best.

That was the driving force for John Pinnock in developing his Laundry City coin laundry business here.

“I wanted this to be a true five-star Laundromat,” Pinnock says.

WA Locals Name Johnsons’ Laundries ‘Best of Western Washington’ (Conclusion)

MONROE, Wash. — Jay Johnson and his brother, Tod, have had a rich history in commercial real estate in the town of Carnation, Wash.—a city roughly 25 miles northeast of Seattle—since moving to the area from Alaska in the late 1960s.

“My brother and I have been involved in a number of real estate ventures over the years. We built the only shopping center that the city of Carnation had ... [and] we built a number of apartment buildings in the city,” Jay explains.

WA Locals Name Johnsons’ Laundries ‘Best of Western Washington’ (Part 1)

MONROE, Wash. — Jay Johnson and his brother, Tod, have had a rich history in commercial real estate in the town of Carnation, Wash.—a city roughly 25 miles northeast of Seattle—since moving to the area from Alaska in the late 1960s.

“My brother and I have been involved in a number of real estate ventures over the years. We built the only shopping center that the city of Carnation had ... [and] we built a number of apartment buildings in the city,” Jay explains.

Starting Over After Sandy

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — From hurricane damage came an opportunity to both expand business and help the community.

Prior to Hurricane Sandy, Cumberland Farms was an Atlantic City, N.J., convenience store with a unit for cold storage attached.

After the storm damaged their town, owners Mayur Patel and his business partners, Ketul Patel and Dipak Goswami, saw their area’s need for a coin-operated laundry facility.

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