Spin puts the lounge in eco-friendly laundry

Laundromat features a bar and cafe, shuffleboard and vintage arcade games

Inside the Spin Laundry Lounge, an eco-friendly, green laundromat on North Fremont in Portland, Oct. 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Inside the Spin Laundry Lounge, an eco-friendly, green laundromat on North Fremont in Portland, Oct. 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — When it comes to chores, hanging out and relaxing isn’t the first thing that comes to mind — but one local business may have just figured it out.

Spin Laundry Lounge is as much lounge as it is laundry.

The laundromat has a bar and cafe, shuffleboard and vintage arcade games, along with eco-friendly washing machines.

The steel building once housed a foundry, but is quickly becoming a public space in the Mississippi neighborhood.

“We’ve been commended on kind of creating in the Mississippi neighborhood a new public space where people can come,” said Spin Laundry Lounge spokesperson Kayleen Veatch.

“We have kids who get out of school and play pinball, we have artists and designers who come to find the airy cafe a nice space to get work done, and [we] have people with six kids who come to get their laundry done.”

A Ms. Pac Man game inside the Spin Laundry Lounge, an eco-friendly, green laundromat on North Fremont in Portland, Oct. 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A Ms. Pac Man game inside the Spin Laundry Lounge, an eco-friendly, green laundromat on North Fremont in Portland, Oct. 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Spin features energy and water conserving machines that determine how much water to use by weighing the load. The machines can also text you when your laundry is nearing completion.

Some machines are reserved for customers with sensitivities to fragrances, hypo-allergens and bleach.

Spin also features a wall of errant socks, from which owners can reclaim them.

“Everyday, somebody comes in and says ‘did you find one of these?'” said Veatch.

“We even have an artist that comes by every few weeks and picks up all of our lint to create projects with,” sahe said.

Spin was originally conceived as a master’s thesis project by owner and founder Morgan Gary during her sustainable business MBA degree program.

 

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