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The Germantown Laundromat: An Eco-Minded Gathering Spot in the Hudson Valley, Mending Services Included

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The Germantown Laundromat: An Eco-Minded Gathering Spot in the Hudson Valley, Mending Services Included

January 8, 2020

Our friend Starr Hout of cult fashion label Apiece Apart recently clued us in to the newly opened Germantown Laundromat, a solar- and wind-powered laundromat that encourages patrons to fill glass jars with bulk soap and commit to decreasing their energy footprint. As founder Tracy Martin says, “We must choose to start making small adjustments in our everyday lives. Turns out there is a lot to be optimistic, even excited about! With our laundromat and shop, we will explore what is happening to our planet right now, and how we can work harder to take care of her.”

Here’s a look:

Photography by Matthew Johnson.

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Above: The exterior, inspired by a Scandinavian summer house, is painted in Sherwin Williams Mod Yellow and Benjamin Moore Apple Crisp.
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Above: The Germantown Laundromat has been a town fixture since 1959; when it came up for sale a couple of years ago, Tracy Martin bought the building and overhauled the interiors.
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Above: Alex Labriola of  Al Stampa and Alison Matheny of Best Creative Studio worked on all the branding, messaging, digital, and in-store design.
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Above: “The shop provides quality, honest goods that we all use in our day-to-day,” Tracy says. “Items made to last that will not fuel the throwaway nature that we have all grown accustomed to. Bulk laundry soap from the Unscented Company, Meliora, and 2 Note is on offer.”
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Above: The Germantown Laundromat is open 24 hours a day.
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Above: “Mending and repair services are offered to motivate the community to reuse and repair instead of throwing away and buying new,” Tracy says. “We also offer a clothes drop where we donate items left behind to the Salvation Army. Artist and quilt maker Jamie Lyn Kara is on duty Fridays from 11 am to 5pm and will happily mend everything from backpacks to socks to sweaters.”
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Above: Alex of Al Stampa developed a custom wallpaper design called Cycles for the laundromat’s powder room.

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