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Making laundry ‘Loads of Fun’

Houghton laundromat celebrates grand opening March 12

March 3, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - With its large-capacity machines and Wash Wednesday special, the new Loads of Fun Laundry takes the hassle out of laundry duty.

Located off M-26, across from Walmart, next to the Dollar Tree and Keweenaw Motor Sports, Loads of Fun Laundry is Houghton's newest laundromat. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the business features all Maytag front-load washers and dryers, with large-capacity washers for comforters and other bulky items.

"We felt there was a need in the community for a laundromat with large capacity machines," owner Judy Moyle said. "We have some machines that can wash eight full laundry baskets."

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Showing the inside of Loads of Fun Laundry, Houghton’s newest laundromat. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the laundromat features more than 50 washers and dryers, including large-capacity washing machines for comforters and other bulky items.

Judy, who runs the business with her husband, Kevin Moyle, said they wanted to set up a laundromat that could accommodate household laundry and more.

The larger machines come in handy for boat canvasses, tents, sleeping bags, rugs, sporting equipment and any other bulky items customers can't fit into their regular machine.

"There are always those items you can't fit into a standard washer," she said.

With hockey and football being so popular in our area, there is a need to wash sports equipment. Loads of Fun Laundry can do this, however, it is highly recommended to wash any equipment with laces/ties on them in a large mesh bag.

Loads of Fun Laundry opened for business Feb. 19 and is equipped with more than 50 coin-operated washers and dryers combined. Several of the machines accept credit cards and there is an on-site change machine that accepts $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills.

The washing machines range in size from 20-, 40-, 60, and 80-pound capacity.

To give customers an idea of how many loads will fit in each size washer, Judy said the 20-pound capacity can handle two large baskets of laundry, the 40-pound can take four, the 60-pound can handle six baskets of laundry and the large 80 pound washer can fit eight baskets of laundry!

"All the washers are front loaded, which means they use less water and that's a nice feature," she said. "They also use a quarter of the amount of soap you'd use on a top-loaded machine."

Not only are the machines environmentally friendly, Judy added, but they do a better job cleaning and are gentler on your clothes.

Plus all of the washing machines rinse with cold water to help reduce wrinkles.

Campers and vacationers alike can take advantage of the larger-capacity washing machines at Loads of Fun Laundry to wash their laundry all at once, instead of doing one load at a time.

"When you come home with a ton of laundry, it will only take you about an hour to an hour and a half to get everything done, instead of hours of time it would take you at home," Judy said.

Customers will find Loads of Fun Laundry clean and spacious with plenty of tables for folding clothes and chairs for seating. Rolling laundry baskets are available for transporting laundry from the machines with ease. The facility is also equipped with security cameras.

In case customers forget their own detergent, there is a soap dispenser on the rear wall. Near the front is a snack and pop machine with adjacent tables and seating. The laundromat also has free Wi-Fi.

"Sometimes people want to catch up on their work or check their e-mail while they're waiting, so this gives them the option to do that," Judy said, adding the location is also great for customers to run errands as well.

"You can easily run across to Walmart, or one of the nearby grocery stores, to get your grocery shopping done, come back, and put your laundry in the dryer. It's a very convenient location."

The oversized garage door on the front of the business allows for ample daylight inside and adds to the overall industrial feel of the interior.

"We kept the exposed block on the walls, we added a corrugated tin roofing over the dryers, a beautiful colored concrete floor and trimmed it out with diamond plated metal," Judy said. "We were trying to give the laundromat an industrial look and we are very happy with the outcome."

Every Wednesday, Loads of Fun Laundry features its Wash Wednesday special (20-pound washers are 50 cents off) from midnight to midnight.

Loads of Fun Laundry will be having a grand opening celebration on Friday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The community is welcome to drop by to check out the facility, enjoy snacks and refreshments and register for giveaways.

Loads of Fun Laundry is located off M-26 at 1550 Brickyard Lane in Houghton and is open 24 hours daily.

For more information, call 482-0128 or visit

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Loads of Fun Laundry of Houghton. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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