Spin cycle: New owners plan to keep Grand Lake’s only Laundromat operational
Sky-Hi Daily News
Suds cycles in Grand Lake are still spinning.
Locals who lack stackables or side-by-sides at home were worried the Mountain Village Laundry next to Circle D Grocery would not remain a laundry facility when sold.
But that’s not so, say Mari and Craig Current, new owners of the 44-machine Laundromat, the only one in Grand Lake.
The business will continue to operate as it has, with an added feature: Laundry service.
From 7:30-9:30 a.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, patrons are welcomed to drop off their ring-around-the-collar and dirt-stained denims to Mari, whose part-time retirement job will entail washing, drying and folding the garments by afternoon, at which time the laundry’s owner can reunite with it from 4-6 p.m.
For this service, one local male customer has already dubbed Mari as “God’s gift to bachelors” in the area.
The fee of the service is a per-pound introductory charge of $1. That price is subject to increasing during the tourist season, the Currents said, but a local rate will also be set.
Laundry bags specific to the service are available for $7, but customers are welcomed to use their own if they have one.
Since they’ve acquired the business, the Currents have been attending to machines, making sure they meet the couple’s high standards.
Some were in need of repair, they said, and a local repairman has been kept busy since their arrival.
Besides making minor improvements to the place, the Currents also hope to add a television.
The couples’ grown daughter and son also live in Grand Lake, and their other daughter lives in Denver with her husband.
The Laundromat proprietors returned to the area from Ohio after having lived here four years in the 1990s.
They searched for a small business opportunity in the area to “supplement retirement,” Mari said.
Craig’s part-time job is at Grand Lake Plumbing.
Mari said she enjoys the interaction with people throughout the day and tries to get to the bottom of various missing-sock-mate mysteries.
One dryer wouldn’t work because one sock was stuck in the motor behind the drum, Craig said, a possible clue into this persistent laundry enigma.
The Currents are hoping to keep their self-serve customers satisfied by providing dependable machines that don’t eat quarters.
“We’re hoping to keep them happy with a clean place and everything in working order,” Craig said.
For those who have more questions about the laundry service, Mountain Village Laundry can be reached at 970-531-2113.
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