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Dec 22nd

Throw it in the wash

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all-washed-up-group-photoYou are never too washed up to start your own business and Shauntee Holmes is living proof of this. After years in the social services field, she has become the owner of the new one-stop laundromat, All Washed Up, located at 3008 Penn Avenue North.

This new state-of-the-art laundromat has 44 washers and dryers, with six heavy-duty washers for comforters and linens, video games, cable television, vending machines, WiFi, and an on-site seamstress. The laundromat also features a wheel-chair accessible ramp that also allows easy transport of laundry and 24-hour security ensure the safety and comfort of its patrons.

After finding out that her Mom was moving out of state, Holmes felt it was time to start putting her plan of owning her own business into action. With the help of N.E.O.N. (Northside Economic Opportunity Network), Holmes was able to create a financially sound business that not only meets her needs but the needs of the Minneapolis Northside community.

N.E.O.N. trains resident entrepreneurs and provides them with financial resources to establish business. Grover Jones, Executive Director or N.E.O.N., said that his program’s main goal is to help its students build wealth and wealth management by increasing assets and decreasing liability. As one of his stand out students, he said, Holmes possesses the qualities it takes to be a successful business owner and has implemented her learning at the program to ensure she best serves her neighborhood.

vicie-williamsTo find out how to best fill the need of her community, Holmes researched her demographic and from her findings, she discovered that her community, specifically the Broadway area, needed a laundromat.

Holmes remembers going to the Broadway Laundromat as a kid and the relationship that her family had with the owner. For this, she has put forth the effect to create that same line of communication and atmosphere in her own business. “It’s a nurturing environment where I can bring my kids to work if I must. I’ve created something –and environement-- that can provide direction, communication and that opportunity to sit down and process effectively,” said Holmes.

She believes her hands-on approach to her business has worked well thus far, which has generated strong traffic for her since the laundromat's opening in August; despite minimal advertising. Holmes accredits her new found success to her community.

Location also plays a big part the new business’ success. “You can come wash your clothes, go over to Family Dollar, buy household items, go to the grocery store, run over to the hardware store, cash a check and pick up a quick sandwich at Subway. I call it a complete one stop shop, so I plan for my business to at least be able to withstand,” says Holmes.

If business continues to see success, Holmes plans to expand and hopefully add a bilingual staff.

All Washed up is located at 3008 Penn Ave North (in old Penn Best Steakhouse building). Facility hours are 7 am – 10 pm, daily, with last wash at 9 pm. For more information, (612) 354-7505 or www.allwashedupmpls.com



 

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