German-inspired laundromat coming to JasperSeptember 17, 2018
By ALLEN LAMAN
JASPER — A new laundromat with a German-inspired name will soon open on Jasper’s north side, filling a need in a city scarce of public washing facilities.
Named Waschsalon Laundromat — Waschsalon is the German word for laundromat — the location is owned by David and Amanda Bell of Jasper. The Jasper Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new business at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at its location, 2603 North Newton Street, after which the facility will officially open for business.
According to the Bells and manager Amanda Smith, when it opens, Waschsalon will be Jasper’s only full-card laundromat. It features 32 washers and 34 dryers boasting the latest cleaning technology.
The facility will be open 24 hours a day Sunday through Thursday.
For religious observation, it will close at sundown on Friday, and reopen at sundown on Saturday.
Smith said the business will be an efficient place for customers to get their laundry done and relax. The Schnitzelbank Restaurant and annual Jasper Strassenfest already tap into the German heritage of the area, and Amanda Bell said she thought the name was a perfect fit for the community.
“I think people genuinely like that there’s a connection — something that brings everybody together,” Smith said of the area’s shared German heritage. She added the laundromat’s location — adjacent to Batteries Now and across the street from the Dubois County Museum — is ideal for customers who are out running errands.
Prices of the Waschsalon’s services vary, with self-serve washing and drying costing between $2 and $9 per wash load, depending on size. The laundromat will also offer a drop-off wash, dry and fold service at $1.25 per pound of laundry. A premium wash, dry and fold service will also be offered for $1.50 per pound.
When the Bells were undergoing construction on their home in fall 2017, they needed to do their laundry out of the house, and Amanda Bell said she couldn’t find a nearby laundromat to take the family’s dirty clothes. It was then that she thought opening one would be a good idea, but it took David about six months to come around. They secured the funding to launch the business in April.
“For some people, we’re thinking if they have an old washer or whatever, that it may be more cost-effective to come here,” David said. “Certainly cheaper than replacing the washing machine. Some people are talking about the price of washing machines is getting to be prohibitive, and we think that it’ll be a good investment in the future.”
The Bells also own an apartment building, and David said the washer and dryer they house in the basement for tenants provides a high return on investment because the investment is so low.
Customers to Waschsalon can pay with a credit or debit card, or deposit cash into an on-site FasCard machine that can be used at the machines.
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