KAMIAH — Laureen and Lance Raff reopened Kamiah’s only laundromat, the Clean Dwelling on Nov. 18, 2020, right after comprehensive reworking the earlier summer time and fall.
“I was in the trucking business, and log hauling. It’s lengthy hours absent from dwelling,” Lance said. “I’ve been pondering about what else I could do.”
The pair claimed that Laureen’s brother has a laundromat in the Treasure Valley, which gave them the concept. After the Wash Dwelling shut in the spring based mostly on COVID fears, the Raffs approached the former operator to see if they would take into consideration providing. The deal went through in early summer and Lance started working on the making, employing neighborhood enterprises, these kinds of as J&L Design, C.J. Electric and Hale Flooring for distinct areas of the get the job done.
Laureen explained, “We enhanced the electrical power performance of the setting up, including insulation in the ceiling.”
The making, which Lance believes was constructed in the late 1930s, applied to be a grocery retail outlet, according to many longtime Kamiah citizens. The remodeling yielded some attention-grabbing finds this kind of as some hand-painted artwork of cartoon figures to mark grocery aisles. Bugs Bunny munching a carrot indicated the make aisle and Snoopy on a doghouse for the dog food stuff area.
The Raffs also invested in new washers and dryers.
“It’s a extensive-term expenditure,” stated Lance. They have place for enlargement in the potential if the desire increases over time.
The Wash Dwelling is now open 24 hrs for each day, seven days a 7 days.
“We’re heading to go away it open up so people today can occur when it is effortless for them,” Lance reported. They have discovered from Laureen’s brothers’ encounter that shoppers will determine out when to stay away from crowded occasions.
The Raff’s and their 5 small children dwell in the Tahoe Ridge spot in the vicinity of Kooskia.