“The Cleaners” Laundromat
“The Cleaners” Laundromat is the Hazeltons only laundromat, and more than just a place to wash your clothes. The coin-operated laundromat is completely automated. In addition to its washers, dryers and vending machine laundry supplies, “The Cleaners” Laundromat also offers a coin operated personal shower. Guests may also take advantage of the “H2O Express” coin-operated water dispensing machine, available 24 hours per day. “The Cleaners” Laundromat also rents Rug Doctor carpet cleaning machines and carries a supply of carpet shampoo products and accessories to go with your machine rental.
Meet Ruth & Jim McAfee
Meet Ruth & Jim McAfee
Ruth and Jim McAfee first came to the Hazeltons more than 20 years ago so that Jim could pursue training for a new career. Although they could have chosen to move to Vancouver for the same training, they knew that the Hazeltons was the place for them. They are both small town people who relish the peaceful, rural lifestyle and the kind of close-knit community that only a small town has.
Years later when another career change became necessary, Ruth and Jim considered the idea of business ownership. The local laundromat was up for sale, and it seemed like the perfect business for the couple. They took over in 2005. They share their building with the Skeena Bakery and are grateful for the partnership that they have with the bakery, whose staff are often called upon to make change for laundromat patrons. The McAfee's patrons are also known to slip into the bakery for a treat while they wait for their laundry!
The McAfees wanted to do something "green" with their business, something that would make a positive difference both for the environment and for the community. It took years of research and planning, but eventually they added a greenhouse roof to their building. The hope was to be able to capture waste heat from the laundromat and the bakery and put it to use in the greenhouse. The greenhouse sat empty for a little while, but the McAfees had a lot of faith in the project, and eventually it did get used for a good cause. Today the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition uses the space to operate a community garden program. Jim and Ruth couldn't be happier with the arrangement.