Colleen Unema, Q Laundry Owner

Q Laundry (renamed Brio Laundry in 2016), “the laundromat for busy people”, opened its doors to the public on Thursday, June 20th. The Bellingham business is located at 810 Alabama Street in Sunnyland Square (near Trader Joe’s).

The idea of opening an eco-friendly laundromat initially evolved from a personal feeling that something as basic and necessary as doing laundry was long overdue for improvement.

As owner of Q Laundry, Unema spent more than 2 years researching commercial laundry trends and working towards opening her state-of-the-art laundromat.

“From the start our goal was to erase old school laundromat images from people’s minds and show them smarter, cleaner, faster, and better ways to do their laundry.  We want people to come in to Q Laundry and be amazed,” shares Unema.

Sustainability was top of mind when it came to designing and renovating Q Laundry’s new commercial space.

“It was a dream come true to join Sustainable Connections as a business owner and to incorporate many sustainable elements into the newly renovated space.  Our design/build team worked hard to be efficient and make eco-smart and environmentally sensitive choices whenever possible.”

CDK Interiors, Marcus M. Johnson Architects and The Franklin Corporation helped Unema design and build the commercial space to be open and inviting while taking advantage of natural light. They also helped select products like 100% VOC-free paint, Energy Star lighting, flooring made entirely of recycled materials, 95% efficient hot water tanks, and recirculating hot water pumps.

In addition to building a sustainable facility, Unema has sourced an assortment of eco-friendly laundry products to offer for sale including bio-safe soaps, custom crafted garment covers, and locally produced totes and satchels. Customers that purchase a reusable Q Laundry Box ($10) will receive free laundry soap – every time, every load.

Q Laundry features highly efficient Electrolux machines that lock for security and send text messages to customers when cycles are complete – the machines are some of the highest rated on the market today.

One additional feature Unema is particularly excited about is a custom drying booth she added for large items like tents and sporting equipment. Onsite attendants will be available to help customers launder large, bulky items and set them up for air drying using the booth’s unique pulley and oscillating fan system.

The public is invited to Q Laundry’s Grand Opening celebration on Tuesday, July 9th. 

KAFE Radio will be onsite for a live broadcast on July 9th from 4 – 8 p.m. There will be door prizes and refreshments during that time; a ribbon cutting will take place at 6 p.m.

“We hope community members will stop by to check the laundromat out during the Open House or before so they can see first-hand how fun doing laundry can be.”

Beginning June 20th, Q Laundry’s operating hours will be from 7 a.m.–11 p.m. daily. Visit http://www.briolaundry.com/ for more info.

Press release  by PR Consulting.

Published in Bellingham Business Journal, Bellingham Herald and Ground Report.

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