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Brighton Laundromat is labor of suds

Laundromat01BRIGHTON — Margie Billie never loved laundry a day in her life – before now.

“It’s really very relaxing, actually. It feels even better getting paid to do it,” said Billie, one of two Tribe employees who juggle shifts at the new Brighton Laundromat.

For reasonable prices, according to volume and weight, Billie and Jodi King, the Brighton campground laundromat supervisor, will wash, dry and fold laundry from socks to jeans, sheets and comforters.

They uphold the slogan: “No time for laundry? Let us do your dirty work!”

The laundromat, open around the clock, features four washers and dryers plus one each for super-sized, heavy-duty loads. A waiting area offers bucket seats and plenty of magazines. A sink with running hot and cold water and a vending machine for soap, bleach and fabric softener straddle a door that leads to the office where Billie and King serve up business with smiles.

Norman “Skeeter” Bowers happened by on a recent Thursday to pick up a basket brimming with neatly folded, fresh-smelling clothing. Bowers said he brings two or three loads a week to the laundromat for the convenient service. He pays an average of $25.

“I’m lazy. I have a washer and dryer, but it’s much easier for me to take advantage,” Bowers said.

King said customers range from employees with limited time for housework to guests at the 25-acre Brighton RV Resort where the business is located, just across a parking lot from the Brighton Trading Post.

It’s a little mini community, Billie said, where folks can fish at the lakeside dock, munch on snacks from the grocery store, have lunch at Subway or take in the rural, bucolic view.

The resort boasts four family-sized cabins newly furnished and decorated in peaceful rustic themes; 56 campsites with water, electric and sewer; a salon and day spa; swimming pool; recreation room; and wheelchair accessible bath house.

“We have everything. All you have to do is show up,” King said.

Employees and Tribal member discounts are available. Cabins start at $115 a night.

The laundromat is not the first pay-to-wash at Brighton, King said. She remembers a humbler room of washers and dryers formerly attached to the Trading Post. It was removed about five years ago when the Tribe expanded and upgraded the convenience store. The new laundromat opened last May along with the new swimming pool, day spa and renovated RV park.

Laundry can be dropped off 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Detergent, bleach and fabric softener are included.

King and Billie predict very busy days ahead. They believe the adage, “if you build it, they will come.”

“We get 15 to 20 calls a day. They are coming,” King said.