For Patrick Montgomery and his wife Laurie, running a laundry business and becoming parents were always two sides of the same plan.
"Laurie was working as a preschool teacher and really enjoyed it. But when we decided to start a family,she wanted a job with flexiblle hours so she could stay home with the kids most of the time." Montgomery explained.
Their first idea was vending machines that make money for you all day long while you are doing something else. But they did not like the idea of driving all around the county to stock 30 machines!
Then they realized what if we put all the vending machines in one place!
"That's when we got the laundromat idea" Montgomery described. Soon after,
we found an abandoned laundromat in the Tacoma Westgate neighborhood. And nine months later, we opened the first Lighthouse Laundry in March 1999 in Westgate South Mall. Then nine months after that we came home from Cambodia with adopted twin boys!
The property had been abandoned over a year but fortunately all the
electrical,gas and plumbing infrastructures were still there and a few washers and dryers. We bought 12 top loaders, 4 double loaders and 8 dryers, put out 4 "A" boards and held a Grand Opening with a 50 cent wash! Most of the former customers came back and we made a profit from Day One!
Over the the years we have replaced all the old machines with modern
efficient washers and dryers including most recently the largest washers in the North End-80 lb (8 load) washers! And last Summer we repainted and installed new vinyl plank and carpeted floors-which make the store "feel just like home".
We chose the name "Lighthouse" based on the scripture, "So let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify God"
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Six years later, we opened a second "Lighthouse Laundry" in Federal Way as we needed more income for our growing family.
Everything on your laundry list:
What do you look for in a laundromat? A clean safe envioronment, video security and plenty of machines that wash and dry efficiently. Lighthouse Laundry has it all!
Large Machines for specialty items like Comforters and Sleeping Bags:
Get ready for Camping. Wash and dry your sleeping bag for $9. This winter stay warm. Don't send your comforter to the cleaners but wash and dry it here in an hour.
Double load washers for small loads: "Top loaders are OK but front loaders are better because they clean clothes better with spin action which also gets more water out of the clothes. Front loaders save our customers time and money." Montgomery explained.
ATM, bill changer machines: " There are bill changers to get quarters and ATM's to get bills if you need them just across the street at Key Bank or Wells Fargo Bank. We try to make it as easy as possible," Montgomery emphasized.
Wash and dry 8 baskets of laundry in 90 minutes!" Even if you have you own machines at home, our machines save you time and home utiility costs,"
Montgomery pointed out. "Get your whole family's laundry done in less than 2 hours with time while clothes are washing to enjoy a meal at a convenient restaurant or grocery shop nearby."
Find Lighthouse Laundry in Westgate South Mall corner 26th and N. Pearl. Open everyday 8AM to 9PM or on the web at www.lighthouselaundry.biz.
"Thank you for doing your wash here. We really appreciate your business!" concluded Montgomery.
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