Photo by Lorie Palmer
Carolyn and Bob Haning recently opened Aloha Laundry at 817 Cunningham Street, Grangeville.
As of Tuesday, November 25, 2014
GRANGEVILLE — Bright yellow and orange walls, a paradise welcome and an inviting place to relax are all part of the new Aloha Laundry at 817 Cunningham Street.
Bob and Carolyn Haning opened the new business last week and are still putting the final touches on it.
“We have some things to hang on the walls and our friend from Oregon is painting a mural,” Carolyn said.
The laundry’s name has a special meaning to the Hanings.
“It’s in memory of our good friend, Larry Ramos,” Bob said. Ramos, a vocalist and musician with The Association, died earlier this year.
Aloha has five washers and five dryers and room for that many more when the business gradually expands, Bob said. It also boasts a sitting area with cushioned furniture as well as tables and chairs for folding, reading or working. In addition, there is a flat screen television, free coffee, vending machines for snacks and beverages, and additional food for purchase with a microwave available for use.
“We want people to feel welcome and comfortable while they are waiting on their laundry,” Carolyn said. “We also have free WiFi.”
A load of wash costs $3 while 45 minutes of drying time is $1. For large jobs such as comforters and sleeping bags, Carolyn has a private room with commercial washers and charges $7.50 a load. They do not accept horse or other pet blankets or bedding at this time.
Carolyn has been taking in laundry for several years for both businesses and individuals.
“It’s been a good business, but it’s nice to get it out of our home and in here,” she smiled.
“I’m the folder,” Bob added. He also, with help from friends, got his former shop code-ready to house the new laundry facility, and said he is able to work on any problems as they arise.
I assume it will take a little while to get all the bugs out, but we’re ready,” he said.
Bob has an office in the corner and the Hanings plan to bring in a stationary bike and treadmill to place in the opposite corner so people have that option while waiting, too.
The laundry is open seven days a week. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will be manned the entire time. It will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
Carolyn will continue with her We Deliver business for local restaurants, the laundry and Irwin Drug prescriptions, so Bob will hold down the fort alone during those times.
“We’re excited for this opportunity and just want to make this as inviting a place as possible for the community,” Carolyn said.
Call Aloha Laundry at 983-6392.