Powassan once again has a laundry service

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Powassan and Trout Creek residents once again have access to a local laundromat service.

Local businessman Evan Hughes, of Evan Hughes Excavating, has officially opened Powassan Wash & Go in the community's downtown on Main Street.

The service fills a gap left when a former laundromat closed several years ago and the building was transformed into a home.

Hughes says since that time, residents have either driven 30 minutes to North Bay or Sundridge to use laundry facilities there.

Hughes says he toyed with the idea of opening a laundry service for some time, adding there was a lot of chatter locally on the internet from people saying there was a need for such a service.

Hughes says he lucked out when the empty lot where his laundromat now sits became available and he bought the downtown land.

Powassan Wash & Go is equipped with six washers and six dryers which are regular-sized, plus two extra sized washers and two extra-sized dryers.

Hughes says he included the bigger machines so people could clean large items like comforters and blankets.

In addition, Powassan Wash & Go has a wash and fold service.

Busy Bee Wash and Fold is run by a local businesswoman inside the laundromat and Hughes says the arrangement is working out very well for both of them.

“She keeps the laundromat sparkling clean while running her own business and I get whatever money is made off the machines,” Hughes said.

Hughes says if people need their laundry done, Busy Bee will do it and then it's ready for pick-up later in the day and everything is folded.

Hughes adds there may be an opportunity for Busy Bee to pick-up laundry and also drop it off but that idea is still in the planning stage.

The cost for a wash on the regular-sized units is $4 and climbs to $7 for the bigger washer which holds four regular-sized loads.

To dry your clothing, the cost is 25 cents for every six minutes on the smaller dryer and 50 cents for six minutes on the bigger dryers.

Powassan is home to many farm owners with horses and Hughes has an eye to helping this group out in the near future.

Hughes is working at building a separate facility where people can have their horse blankets or other animal-related blankets cleaned.

Hughes says people are not allowed to bring those blankets into Powassan Wash & Go because the smell off the blanket would be too much for the facility.

The separate location he has in mind would also have larger washers and dryers that can accommodate the horse blankets.

Hughes began building the laundromat last May but COVID-19 forced a delay with the opening.

“Everything I went to order was six to eight weeks out,” he said.

“COVID made it frustrating to get supplies and sometimes it was like a nightmare.”

Powassan Wash & Go isn't all that the once empty lot accommodates.

Behind the laundromat are two 800-square-foot housing units geared to seniors.

“There's a need for seniors' housing so I was able to incorporate both units into the one building,” Hughes said.

Both apartments, which are two bedrooms each, are already spoken for.

He says the apartments are perfect for seniors because they're within walking distance of retailers in the immediate downtown.

Powassan Wash & Go is open seven days a week.

For now the hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but Hughes says he may switch those operating hours to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to better reflect when people are in the building using its facilities.

Hughes is a life-long resident of Powassan and said “I like this little town and want to see it succeed.”

He hopes his small business is a step in that direction when it comes to providing in-town services for the residents.

Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative, The North Bay Nugget