BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Cozy Clean LaundryDecatur, Georgia
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:Cozy Clean Laundry is a self-service laundry and dry cleaner serving the Metro Atlanta area. In addition, we offer wash dry fold services and alterations with drop off and delivery options. We cater to commercial and residential customers.
What sets us apart from our competitors is that we are a one-stop shop for all clothing needs. We greet every customer at the door with a smile and laundry basket for their clothing needs. Providing exceptional customer service is our top priority.
THE STORY:I wanted to own a laundromat while in college (2000) because I thought it would be a great way to serve the community and make money. However, when I graduated from college in 2001, I got a job. In 2011, after 9 years of working in the nonprofit and corporate sectors, I was ready to start working towards starting my own business. I traded in my luxury car for dependable car with a “low cost of maintenance” so I had more money to pay down debt. I told my husband (then fiancé) of my goals.
It took me 5 years to decide on the industry to pursue. Once I decided on the coin laundry industry, i spent several hours a day researching and I wrote a business plan. On January 26, 2016, I was laid off from my job. My husband and I felt it was the perfect time to execute my plan. Due to paying down my debt and having decent credit, we were approved for a commercial laundry equipment loan. The next step was to find a location. I hired a coin laundry consultant/successful laundromat owner to teach me about scouting good locations, negotiating and understanding laundromat leases, operations, hiring staff, etc. I built my own network of laundromat owners to depend on for information.
In December 2016, I signed a lease on my first laundromat. I remodeled it and added new machines. My grand opening was January 13th. I landed my first commercial customer in February and we are due to break even by May.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:*Getting approved for funding for commercial laundry equipment
*Closing on the laundromat and signing the lease.
*Grand Opening Day
* Donating laundry bags and hampers to 6 local families that lost everything in a apartment fire
*The first time I successully repaired a dryer and drainage issue
RELAXATION:My favorite ways to relax:
*A hot bath with relaxing music playing.
*Watching one of my favorite movies with my favorite snacks
OUTLOOK:*Personal Life Share*
I am a God fearing woman. My husband and I have been married for 7 years. We have two beautiful kids (2 and 4 years old). I love family/friend gatherings, roller skating, traveling locally and abroad, researching and documenting family history, trying different restaurants.
In 5 years, my laundromat will be very successful with many corporate accounts. I would have opened a second “Cozy Clean” laundromat. I will have a named scholarship that I will give away annually to a high school senior. In addition, I will have an annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and customer appreciation event. In 10 years, I will begin preparing to buy the shopping center that one of the laundromats are located in.
CONTACT INFORMATION:Cozy Clean Laundry
4065 Memorial Drive C2
Decatur, Ga 30032