You’re in a bit of a quandary.
You’ve got a couple loads of laundry to do, including a large quilt, but you also have a number of errands to run, so you really don’t have time to sit around in a laundromat.
Frank Sorokach has the answer to your problem.
Earlier this year, Sorokach purchased the former Suds 4 Duds Laundromat at 107 S. Main St. in Mountain Top from long-time owner Gary Parks. Since that time, Sorokach has invested more than a quarter million dollars in the business, now known as Bluestone Laundromat.
Sorokach says his investment has made the facility the most modern laundromat in Pennsylvania. The new owner removed all the old equipment and installed top-of-the-line Speed Queen washers and dryers, new flooring, new LED lighting, stainless steel diamond plate walls, and refurbished the waiting area. Three of the washers, Sorokach pointed out, will hold up to 60 pounds of laundry, equivalent to six conventional washer loads. Two more will accommodate up to 40 pounds. The remainder of the washers are different sizes. All of his washers and dryers are energy efficient when it comes to water and electricity use, he emphasized. Speed Queen, located in Wisconsin, is one of the few washer and dryer manufacturers in the United States.
Besides the new equipment, the feature that I found exciting, and which I expect probably will become very popular with customers, is an app that they can download to their phones to use the washers and dryers. While the machines will accept both cash and credit/debit cards, Sorokach currently is installing hardware and software which will allow them to run on the app, eliminating the need for a bag full of quarters or using a credit card.
When I stopped by Bluestone Laundromat recently to check out the renovated business, I ran into Eric Long of Wilkes-Barre, Speed Queen distributor, who installed the washers and dryers. Long was in the process of installing the hardware in the washers and dryers to allow them to run on the app.
Long, explained to me how the app will work. Customers who choose to download the app to their cellphones will be able to create an account to pay to use the machines. Customers will simply put their clothes in a washer or dryer, open the app, select the number of the machine, and hit “pay.”
The app, he noted, not only will allow customers the convenience of not having to use cash or a credit card, but also will notify them when their laundry cycle is nearly finished. “You can go across the street to do some grocery shopping and the app will let you know when your laundry is almost done,” he noted. Customers also can use the app to add time to their laundry cycle if they choose.
Sorokach told me the app will be up and running soon.
Other amenities Sorokach has added are a wall-mounted television screen with trivia questions and free Wi-Fi. “They will help customers pass the time,” said Sorokach, who owns laundromats in Tunkhannock, Hawley, Towanda, and Dalton. The Mountain Top location is open daily from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
EV fast-charge stations unveiled
The Onvo Travel Plaza located at the Dorrance exit of I-81 this week unveiled the region’s first public EV fast-charging stations. The modern facility, which opened last September, now has two DC fast-charging stations that can each provide electric current to charge two electric-powered vehicles.
Harmon Aulakh, Onvo marketing manager, told me the installation of the EV fast charging systems was supported by a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Driving PA Forward program. Aulakh pointed out the fast-charging stations are the only publicly available stations along the I-81 corridor from Harrisburg to the New York State border as well as throughout the northeast Pennsylvania region.
Aulakh, along with Jeff Byard, the company’s chief operating officer, cut the ribbon at Onvo’s grand opening of the charging stations on Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by members of Onvo’s management team as well as state Rep. Mike Cabell, R-117, and Dorrance Twp. secretary/treasurer Patti Davis.
Historical society news
The Mountain Top Historical Society will meet Monday, July 24, at 6 p.m. on the patio of Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St. Membership for the society is $15 per year. Non-members are welcome at the meetings.