Archive for Thursday, August 14, 2003

Cardinal Cleaners taking the wrinkles out of housework

Laundromat offers drop-off service

August 14, 2003

Whether it was at the storefront, where people poked their heads in, or a summer water aerobics class, Shari Turnbaugh couldn't escape questions about when her business, Cardinal Cleaners, would open.
"I've been pleased with the enthusiasm," she said. "I'm excited to get it going. People stop by saying, 'When are you going to open?'"
To answer their questions, the laundromat and dry cleaners, at 1402-A Church St., will have its grand opening Saturday, with refreshments available from 9 a.m. to noon.
But aside from the 12-washer, 10-dryer operation and the send-away dry cleaning service, Cardinal Cleaners will set itself apart because of its drop-off laundry service.
"(The idea) was from people asking if we would do it," Turnbaugh said. "A lot of people are too busy. It should be a nice service for the community."
At 99 cents a pound, customers can drop off their baskets of laundry -- preferably sorted -- and have them washed, dried and folded.
"We expect in no more than 24 hours, unless it just goes crazy," Turnbaugh said.
The same 24-hour turnaround applies to dry cleaning that customers will be able to drop off and pick up at Cardinal Cleaners, which will have the cleaning done off site. Turnbaugh said to the est of her knowledge this would mark the only dry cleaning service in Eudora's recent history.
"We looked at what Eudora needed," Turnbaugh said. "We thought the laundromat/dry cleaners was a good way to go."
To build a business from the ground up, Turnbaugh relied on some help from a family friend in the laundromat business to advise what types of equipment to buy, and she also got a crash course in dry cleaning.
But the Turnbaughs aren't novice entrepreneurs: Shari's husband, Keith, has his own insurance company in Kansas City.
"It should be quite and adventure -- starting a new business always is," Shari Turnbaugh said. "When you work for yourself, everything depends on you."
That means setting up shop with equipment that includes a few industrial-sized machines.
"You can dry anything there," Turnbaugh said.
Turnbaugh said she also took care to make Cardinal Cleaners a nice place to wait on the washers and watch the dryers tumble. The business will offer comforts like a flat-screen cable television, snack machines and fast-action dryers, as well as laundromat necessities like a change machine and vending machine with laundry sundries.
"We're going to try and keep this comfortable," Turnbaugh said. "It will be comfortable to sit here and do your stuff."
The laundromat will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The dry cleaning portion of the business will be open from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The dry cleaners is closed Sundays.
"This town has done a lot for us," Turnbaugh said, "and hopefully we can give something back."

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