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(Central Maine)   Hipster Laundromats with phone apps, USB ports and bars stools to the left. Broken washers, abandoned wet piles to the right. Jenny is going to get cut if she hogs all the dryers again   ( centralmaine.com) divider line
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2018-01-13 02:23:26 PM  
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2018-01-13 02:42:50 PM  
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2018-01-13 03:32:33 PM  
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2018-01-13 04:44:45 PM  
I could go for a bar-laundromat combo like "Bar of Soap" or "Suds and Duds".

My laundromat memories are mostly in the "Should I go to the one off campus where I might get shot, or do I use the student laundromat and see if I draw the passive aggressive kiddie reactions to non-trads, and have to guard against freshmen with parental issues putting kool-aid packets in the washer or crayons in the dryer"
 
2018-01-13 05:09:22 PM  
Getting drunk at the laundromat is not a hipster thing, it is a given.Sadly most are BYO
 
2018-01-13 05:30:40 PM  
FTFA Why pay someone else to do something when you can do it all yourself?

Clearly you feel your time has no value

/must also run Linux on his desktop
 
2018-01-13 05:43:18 PM  
Abandoned Wet Piles sounds like a really bad porn site.

/or good, if you're into that, i guess
 
2018-01-13 05:59:07 PM  

erewhon: I could go for a bar-laundromat combo like "Bar of Soap" or "Suds and Duds".

My laundromat memories are mostly in the "Should I go to the one off campus where I might get shot, or do I use the student laundromat and see if I draw the passive aggressive kiddie reactions to non-trads, and have to guard against freshmen with parental issues putting kool-aid packets in the washer or crayons in the dryer"


Those exist. One of them is called "The Bar of Soap".

https://www.bonappetit.com/restaurant​s​-travel/slideshow/best-laundrobars
 
2018-01-13 06:03:59 PM  
"I wish those damn kids would stop wanting shiatty things to be better, damnit."
 
2018-01-13 06:37:36 PM  

dustman81: erewhon: I could go for a bar-laundromat combo like "Bar of Soap" or "Suds and Duds".

My laundromat memories are mostly in the "Should I go to the one off campus where I might get shot, or do I use the student laundromat and see if I draw the passive aggressive kiddie reactions to non-trads, and have to guard against freshmen with parental issues putting kool-aid packets in the washer or crayons in the dryer"

Those exist. One of them is called "The Bar of Soap".

https://www.bonappetit.com/restaurants​-travel/slideshow/best-laundrobars


We used to have a "Duds and Suds" which was a bar and laundromat as well. I believe they had pool tables, pinball and small arcade. Apparently both names mentioned by erewhon are not that original lol.
 
2018-01-13 06:39:32 PM  
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Apparently there is still one out west in Des Moines. It looks icky.
 
2018-01-13 07:00:03 PM  

erewhon: I could go for a bar-laundromat combo like "Bar of Soap" or "Suds and Duds".


It's been done, rather famously even. . .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudsy_M​a​lone%27s_Rock_%27n_Roll_Laundry_%26_Ba​r
 
2018-01-13 07:14:36 PM  

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I miss this incarnation of Wayne. Too bad he fell into the forehead scene after drzd got clean from heroin.
 
2018-01-13 07:23:29 PM  
Newport bar & laundromat on Southport in Chicago in the 1990s. Good times.
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There a was an indicator board in the bar with a light for each dryer so you knew when your stuff was done.
 
2018-01-13 07:43:21 PM  
People that can afford a luxury laundromat already have a washer and dryer in their home.
 
2018-01-13 08:03:08 PM  

blodyholy: Apparently both names mentioned by erewhon are not that original lol.


Right - I was referring to them specifically, not making them up de novo.
 
2018-01-13 08:06:02 PM  

erewhon: blodyholy: Apparently both names mentioned by erewhon are not that original lol.

Right - I was referring to them specifically, not making them up de novo.


Gotcha. I have some laundry to do, wanna grab a beer? :)
 
2018-01-13 08:10:50 PM  
blodyholy:

Gotcha. I have some laundry to do, wanna grab a beer? :)

It would be a lot more fun than watching the wheels go 'round and 'round. I really DON'T like to watch them roll.

Or having to guard my washers and dryers from other students like I'm standing a post outside the WSA while they're swapping boost cartridges.

//what has it got in its pocketses? It better not be crayons, me lad.
 
2018-01-13 08:10:53 PM  

jaytkay: Newport bar & laundromat on Southport in Chicago in the 1990s. Good times.
[chibarproject.com image 600x235]There a was an indicator board in the bar with a light for each dryer so you knew when your stuff was done.


The video I posted and this remind me of the days when my sister, my roommate and I would do our laundry on the same block as The Empty Bottle. Get it done, see some bands.

We even looked like those ladies at the time.
 
2018-01-13 08:14:05 PM  

mrlewish: People that can afford a luxury laundromat already have a washer and dryer in their home.


This. Washing machines used to be a luxury, most people went to laundromats. No longer true. Where I live (SF) laundromats are closing all the time, 4 or 5 have closed in my neighborhood in the last 5 years. Dry cleaners too. Apparently the utility cost is also killing them.
 
2018-01-13 08:20:36 PM  

ytterbium: jaytkay: Newport bar & laundromat on Southport in Chicago in the 1990s. Good times.
[chibarproject.com image 600x235]There a was an indicator board in the bar with a light for each dryer so you knew when your stuff was done.

The video I posted and this remind me of the days when my sister, my roommate and I would do our laundry on the same block as The Empty Bottle. Get it done, see some bands.

We even looked like those ladies at the time.


I think the whole block there is the same owner, I miss the neighborhood
 
2018-01-13 08:25:47 PM  

wax_on: mrlewish: People that can afford a luxury laundromat already have a washer and dryer in their home.

This. Washing machines used to be a luxury, most people went to laundromats. No longer true. Where I live (SF) laundromats are closing all the time, 4 or 5 have closed in my neighborhood in the last 5 years. Dry cleaners too. Apparently the utility cost is also killing them.


Maybe there should be a thread of businesses that obviate themselves, because the people who would use it couldn't afford it. Like luxo laundromats. Or tobacconists that specialize in hand-cut custom blended dip and chew from organic, exotic tobaccos.

Or you could do weird combos, the bar laundro isn't a stretch compared to a place that Actually Used To Exist in Huntsville, which was a beauty shop/barbecue combo. You could get your hair processed and eat at the same time, apparently, although you'd think the stank would have put you off your feed.
 
2018-01-13 08:36:34 PM  

erewhon: I could go for a bar-laundromat combo like "Bar of Soap" or "Suds and Duds".

My laundromat memories are mostly in the "Should I go to the one off campus where I might get shot, or do I use the student laundromat and see if I draw the passive aggressive kiddie reactions to non-trads, and have to guard against freshmen with parental issues putting kool-aid packets in the washer or crayons in the dryer"


Heh Bar of Soap was the name of bar/laundry in East Dallas. Though in it's day you'd be stepping over pools of vomit or blood to get to the machines so not many people went there. It closed and is now a fancy taco and tequila place which is fairly surreal.
 
2018-01-13 08:44:48 PM  

ytterbium: The video I posted and this remind me of the days when my sister, my roommate and I would do our laundry on the same block as The Empty Bottle. Get it done, see some bands.


My first apartment circa 1988 in Chicago was there on Walton, shortly before the birth of the Empty Bottle.

The site of the Bottle was a Ukie bar where old guys would be lined up waiting for it to open at 8am when we were headed off to work. I got a couple of hour-long Ukrainian-language lectures about Stalin's rape of Ukraine from guys there who were too drunk to notice I don't understand a word of Ukrainian. I only recognized the name "Stalin" a lot.
 
2018-01-13 08:49:24 PM  
I like to go to the laundromat early in the morning - 6:30 am is the perfect time.  I'm usually the only person there which is the way I like it.
The laundromat I go to has a good selection of machines.  I like to use the biggest ones they have as they do a great job of cleaning your clothes.  Last year during one of my visits, one of the large machine's I was using started to leak out the front door during the fill and rinse cycles.  I'm not talking about a slow drip, this was a substantial leak that was making a huge puddle on the floor that started to flow to other areas of the laundromat due to the slope in the floor and each subsequent cycle of the machine.  I started to panic as it was now 6:40 am, there was no mop in the laundromat and the amount of water on the floor was increasing quickly.  I called the contact number found on a sign in the laundromat, but there was no answer so I left a message.  I checked the control panel on the machine to see if it could be stopped but there was nothing to indicate it could be done. What to do...
One thing about public laundromats is that there is usually always someone who leaves their clothes in the laundromat to pick up the next day.  I quickly went up and down the aisles of machines and sure enough, found a towel amongst some items that someone had left behind.  As there was nothing else I could do, I grabbed the towel and started soaking up the water off the floor.  When the towel became saturated, I would squeeze it over the laundromat's toilet so that I could go back and soak up some more water.  All in all, I did this about 20 times until that particular machine had completed it's cycle.  I finally got the water off the floor and my clothes in the dryer.  As I had no idea whose towel this was, the only thing I could do was to wash it in one of the smaller top-load machines and then leave it where I found it (if the owner had come in to claim it I would have bought them a new towel).  As my clothes were drying, I used my phone to go online to see if this kind of event is common.  As it turns out, the seals on the front doors of these machines do need replacing periodically.
The owner of the laundromat called me back at 8:30 am.  He explained to me that once those machines start, there is no way of turning them off.
 
2018-01-13 08:53:46 PM  
The two colleges that this guy is hoping to lure students from are several miles away from his location. The area has been struggling since the paper mills closed down about 25 years ago.

There has been a push at revitalization across the river with Colby College's trust fund buying up land and constructing some mixed-use buildings in downtown Waterville(across the river from Winslow). The former Hathaway shirt plant which is also across the river from this guy was converted into lofts and workspaces for trustafarians artists. I think this guy is hoping to get on that action.

There have been a couple of these kinds of business popping up around here lately. The one that surprised me was a high-end wine and cheese store in Fairfield, which is normally in the news due to Florida Man's Mainer cousins.

As others have said, the college kids aren't likely to put their laundry into the car and drive 5-10 minutes when they have laundry facilities already in their own dorms and apartment complexes. The local laundromats are usually combined with a tanning salon or general store and service the majority of the struggling poor around here. Usually, the people who have to hit the local laundromats are the people whose landlords don't provide washer/dryers, tourists, and people whose washer/dryers are broken.
 
2018-01-13 08:57:23 PM  
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Sounds like my kind of business. Slightly higher priced, keep out the walmart type customers.

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2018-01-13 10:08:16 PM  
There was a bar/venue/laundromat in downtown Seattle 20 years ago called the Sit and Spin. Saw many cool shows there.
 
2018-01-13 10:20:34 PM  

erewhon: My laundromat memories are mostly in the "Should I go to the one off campus where I might get shot, or do I use the student laundromat and see if I draw the passive aggressive kiddie reactions to non-trads, and have to guard against freshmen with parental issues putting kool-aid packets in the washer or crayons in the dryer"


I don't know why this doesn't seem to exist / be more common: washers/dryers with a key code lock. Put your laundry in, and give it a passcode. That passcode prevents the machine from being opened for the amount of time your cycle takes plus 30 minutes.

I'd prefer it if the machines emptied your laundry into the garbage after 30 minutes if you haven't picked it up, but that's more complicated.
 
2018-01-13 10:44:42 PM  

jaytkay: ytterbium: The video I posted and this remind me of the days when my sister, my roommate and I would do our laundry on the same block as The Empty Bottle. Get it done, see some bands.

My first apartment circa 1988 in Chicago was there on Walton, shortly before the birth of the Empty Bottle.

The site of the Bottle was a Ukie bar where old guys would be lined up waiting for it to open at 8am when we were headed off to work. I got a couple of hour-long Ukrainian-language lectures about Stalin's rape of Ukraine from guys there who were too drunk to notice I don't understand a word of Ukrainian. I only recognized the name "Stalin" a lot.


I lived close too, on Huron west of Damen. Bruce (EB owner) used to be a bouncer at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO and more than once kicked me out for being underage. A bunch of us ended up in Chicago together, many have left since.

Good times, them. Surely we crossed paths once or twice.
 
2018-01-13 10:49:05 PM  
trialpha:
I don't know why this doesn't seem to exist / be more common: washers/dryers with a key code lock. Put your laundry in, and give it a passcode. That passcode prevents the machine from being opened for the amount of time your cycle takes plus 30 minutes.

I'm not sure why, but about 10 years older than your peers puts you into some "uncanny valley" of non-trad-dom. If you're much older, you become a 'geezer' and thus invisible. But 10 years older, and you draw really oddball reactions from your semi-peers, generally from the ones with family issues.

The married/older/ex-military people living on campus at that school (you sorta had to, the surrounding area was a blight) had to use the generic campus laundro, and for some reason the proto SJWs would see you putting your laundry in and wait for you to leave. Then they'd demonstrate their disdain for your obvious evil by bravely tossing crayons in your dryer or Rit/Kool-aid in the wash. It's pretty tough to get out. And I couldn't afford lots o' new clothing then. That changed, but for a year or so it was "stand guard on your clothing or lose it".
 
2018-01-14 01:29:08 AM  

erewhon: That changed, but for a year or so it was "stand guard on your clothing or lose it".


Your college sucked. I once forgot my clothes were in the dryer, and I ran down the hall expecting them to be on the floor, but instead, it was all folded for me.
 
2018-01-14 02:53:21 AM  
The only Hipster laundromat I patronize:

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Sunshine Laundromat in Brooklyn, pretty much because I am addicted to pinball machines (been that way since I was a kid) and they maintain their machines pretty well.
 
2018-01-14 03:13:58 AM  

trialpha: erewhon: My laundromat memories are mostly in the "Should I go to the one off campus where I might get shot, or do I use the student laundromat and see if I draw the passive aggressive kiddie reactions to non-trads, and have to guard against freshmen with parental issues putting kool-aid packets in the washer or crayons in the dryer"

I don't know why this doesn't seem to exist / be more common: washers/dryers with a key code lock. Put your laundry in, and give it a passcode. That passcode prevents the machine from being opened for the amount of time your cycle takes plus 30 minutes.

I'd prefer it if the machines emptied your laundry into the garbage after 30 minutes if you haven't picked it up, but that's more complicated.


As someone who spent years doing laundry in laundromats, I don't understand the difficulty in getting one's ass back to the place to take out the laundry by the end of the cycle. You know how long it will take, you have some sort of timekeeping device on your person. People who leave their stuff in laundromat washers or dryers are just inconsiderate assholes.
 
2018-01-14 03:36:50 AM  

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2018-01-14 03:41:12 AM  
 
2018-01-14 10:58:13 AM  

erewhon: I could go for a bar-laundromat combo like "Bar of Soap" or "Suds and Duds".

My laundromat memories are mostly in the "Should I go to the one off campus where I might get shot, or do I use the student laundromat and see if I draw the passive aggressive kiddie reactions to non-trads, and have to guard against freshmen with parental issues putting kool-aid packets in the washer or crayons in the dryer"


Drag. Our laundromat has an arcade, a liquor store and miniature golf.
 
2018-01-14 11:16:32 AM  

Nogale: trialpha: erewhon: My laundromat memories are mostly in the "Should I go to the one off campus where I might get shot, or do I use the student laundromat and see if I draw the passive aggressive kiddie reactions to non-trads, and have to guard against freshmen with parental issues putting kool-aid packets in the washer or crayons in the dryer"

I don't know why this doesn't seem to exist / be more common: washers/dryers with a key code lock. Put your laundry in, and give it a passcode. That passcode prevents the machine from being opened for the amount of time your cycle takes plus 30 minutes.

I'd prefer it if the machines emptied your laundry into the garbage after 30 minutes if you haven't picked it up, but that's more complicated.

As someone who spent years doing laundry in laundromats, I don't understand the difficulty in getting one's ass back to the place to take out the laundry by the end of the cycle. You know how long it will take, you have some sort of timekeeping device on your person. People who leave their stuff in laundromat washers or dryers are just inconsiderate assholes.


My laundromat days coincided with my single parent days. I'd remove laundry from a machine once it had finished because I wasn't going to entertain a toddler in a laundromat two seconds longer than I had to.
/Oakland
 
2018-01-14 02:41:03 PM  
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2018-01-14 06:02:38 PM  

mrlewish: People that can afford a luxury laundromat already have a washer and dryer in their home.


A lot of apartments don't.
 
2018-01-15 12:18:48 AM  

Mister Peejay: mrlewish: People that can afford a luxury laundromat already have a washer and dryer in their home.

A lot of apartments don't.


Or the ones that do have really shiatty machines.  My old apartment complex had godawful machines, a key card system instead of coins (so you had to go to the rental office when it was open:  Monday-Friday 9am-6pm) and lots of white trash.  I ended up shlepping to the laundromat every week.  I finally moved into an apartment with a W&D that I love (the apartment, not the W&D) but I'm starting to get priced out of.
 
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