Innovative laundromat provides Christmas dinner for its customers
By Kathy Feist
Owner Helen Graham wants you to know that Quinn’s Laundry is open during Christmas.
In fact, not only was it open for business, it had a Christmas potluck from 10 am to 6 pm for its loyal customers and those who needed to do their laundry on Christmas day.
“We know what it’s like to work two to three jobs every day not have time to do laundry,” she says. “That’s the reason we’re open on holidays.”
Graham and her wife Krista Graham, who is a retired firefighter, understand that struggle. They also know the importance of helping the surrounding community.
“We make it safe in here for everybody,” she says. “We talk to people, acknowledge them, give people resources for help. We’re like a local bar but without the alcohol!”
“We try to make it friendly, inviting and cheerful,” says Graham,” even though you have to do laundry.”
The Grahams purchased the 50-year-old laundromat located at 99th and Holmes in 2016. “It was run down,” recalls Graham. “Only five washers were working and six and a half dryers.”
The laundromat now has 20 washers, of which only one is original. All the dryers have been replaced. New lighting was installed. And soon there will be new ceiling tiles.
In October, the Grahams started a new service: pick up and delivery. Graham, who has a commercial driver’s license, began picking up customers’ laundry when they were sick or incapacitated. “I started picking up from customers who were on my way to work,” she says. Eventually the demand grew. When Quinn’s began getting commercial business from a bakery, Graham was forced to find a larger vehicle.
Quinn’s delivery vehicle is a converted white hearse decked out with green light bulbs within and a flashing siren light on the dashboard. It’s the perfect choice for a creative artist/CDL driver/laundromat owner.
Pick up and delivery service is $1.50 per pound with a 15 pound minimum. Customer drop off is $1.35 per pound with the same minimum.
Quinn’s has oversized washers and dryers for comforters and blankets.
Laundry that is dropped off is washed and dried by an attendant, who also nearly sorts and folds items in a pile.
Pick up service can be scheduled with as little as four hours in advance by phone or online.
Quinn’s machines are coin operated.
Hours are 6:30 am to 8:30 last load. The laundromat is always attended. For more information, call 816-942-7311.