Antigonish’s Peace By Chocolate is opening a boutique in the new Queen’s Marque development beside the Halifax Ferry Terminal later this year (website)
Floyds Sandwiches Etc. is now the kitchen inside of Sourwood Cider at 5576 Cornwallis St. (Instagram)
Masala Delight food truck has been setting up at 725 Main St. just past Dartmouth in Lake Loon (Facebook)
Tanner’s All-Star Deli is temporarily closed for a month or so as they are moving across the street by Uncle Bucks on Dentith Rd. in Spryfield. (website)
Husband and wife David Murray and Angela Muise had no intention of getting into the laundry business but, last week, the couple opened the Halifax Laundry Co.
“When we walked by and saw the for sale sign in the window, it was clear the place hadn’t seen much love in quite a while,” Muise said of the Cornwallis Street laundromat. “I have a hospitality and tourism background and am currently out of work in my field. It just seemed like a good fit.
“Our neighbourhood has been supporting the Detergency Room in that location for 10 or so years, so it was a great opportunity when it came up for sale, but we thought that the self-serve laundry concept could use a new attitude and a little update.”
So at the beginning of June, they became the owners of the laundromat. A few weeks ago, they closed for some refurbishment and redecorating.
“The biggest change is the new equipment,” says Muise.
They added five new large front-loading washers. To make it easier to load and unload, they have put them on pedestals.
Muise says they use 75 percent less water than the old ones. Every time someone uses a new washer, they save about 100 litres per load, and they spin so fast it makes the dryers more efficient, as well. They also replaced six dryers. In total, they have nine washers and eight dryers. There are also changes to the interior.
“Cosmetically, we redid the floors, gave it a fresh coat of paint inside and out, added outlets and a bar with stools to work at, new sort-fold tables and a new seating area,” says Muise.
“We also added some really fun retro vending machines with snacks, drinks and laundry soap.”
The couple had heard from folks in the neighbourhood that they had been driving or walking across town “because the machines were always out of order, or ate your money, or left your clothes soaking wet after an hour in the dryer.”
The majority of their customers arrive on foot or bicycle.
“We all deserve a good laundromat in our own neighbourhood.”
About the changes and closing down for a month, Muise jokes, “Honestly, we got more negative feedback about taking down the Free Soap on Sunday sign in the window than we did about shutting the place down for a month to renovate.
She says there will always be free soap on Sunday.
“The Detergency Room was our laundromat when we lived around the corner a decade ago. It was a great place to do schoolwork, read a book, hang out and play cards while we waited for our laundry,” says Muise.
“We really loved the atmosphere and the kitsch of it so we wanted to keep that spirit alive with the value-added things like the book exchange and workspace. But top priority is keeping the equipment reliable and efficient” Small laundry loads are $2.50, and the dryers are $3 for 45 minutes. Halifax Laundry is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 5572 Cornwallis St.
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