April 24, 2015 |
Wash Cycle Laundry, the Philadelphia-based pedal-powered laundry delivery service, has added another territory to its coverage area: George Washington University. Through an agreement with janitorial services provider Aramark, Wash Cycle Laundry will launder the university's reusable cleaning linens. The job will result in the employment of three full-time laundry staff and two full-time cyclists, doubling Wash Cycle Laundry's current staff in Washington, the company said.
February 23, 2015 |
Last week, I talked about trends associated with the winners of the National Association of Home Builders' Best in American Living Awards. Today's topic: the results of Better Homes & Gardens' annual survey of its readership, which I have been writing about, seriously or tongue-in-cheek, for the last seven years, although its informal version was part of a panel discussion at the builders group's annual trade shows for much longer than that....
December 25, 2014 |
The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul expects more than 3,000 people for seven Masses this week. That means 3,000 Eucharist hosts, 100 poinsettias, dozens of freshly pressed altar linens, and hundreds of hours of staff and volunteer work. "We started planning last Christmas," said the Rev. Gerald Dennis Gill, the parish rector, who manages daily operations. "This cathedral parish belongs to everybody, and we're invested in preparing it for Christmas. " The cathedral - the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania - welcomes more people Christmas Eve and Christmas Day than any other holiday on its calendar.
December 4, 2014 |
It happened so fast. Angela Farrell was doing the family laundry, using small packets of detergent - an innovation introduced in early 2012. The Levittown mother, 24, always handled them carefully, but on that day in March, she didn't notice she had dropped one. Her 18-month-old son, Landon, did. He grabbed the packet and stuffed it in his mouth. Turning, she saw what was happening, but before she could even reach for it, he had swallowed the packet. Call 911. Ambulance.
November 1, 2014 |
Struggling to keep her tears under control, Cleotilde Tiacopilco described a day on the job at Olympic Linen & Laundry Service in Lansdowne: Start at 8 a.m., clean 5,000 napkins, put them in a machine, then count and pack them. Finish by 6 p.m., then spend the next hour or so cleaning the office and the bathroom. Her pay over 12 years? No overtime and $5 an hour until November 2013, when she got a raise to $6.50, she said at a news conference held in City Hall on Thursday to announce the filing of a wage-and-hour lawsuit against the company.
October 31, 2014 |
Things continue to roll well for Philadelphia's Wash Cycle Laundry, the bicycle-powered laundry delivery service that recently expanded to Washington and Austin. Gabriel Mandujano, founder and CEO of the eco-friendly company, won the $25,000 first-place prize Tuesday at the Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day pitch competition in New York. Calling Blackstone "among the savviest investors on the planet," Mandujano said the win was valuable recognition for sustainable businesses in general.
June 19, 2014
READERS respond to Stu Bykofsky's "Race to a faulty solution" column (June 9). Slavery in the U.S. was for the most part an element of a colonial economy run by "planters" in the South. While politically part of the U.S., the planters' economy was really a colonial enterprise beholden to mill owners in Britain and, to a smaller extent, New England. By denying freedoms to, in some cases, half or more of their populations, slave-owning societies stymied their own economic development and have yet, more than a century later, to catch up with the rest of the country.
May 23, 2014 |
Three years after giving new meaning to the word cycle in laundry terms - and turning quite a few heads on Philadelphia streets - entrepreneur Gabriel Mandujano is bringing his bicycle-based laundry service to the nation's capital. "From the beginning, I had the idea we could make this idea work in places outside Philadelphia," Mandujano said. "The blessing and the curse of laundry is that everybody has to do it. " The choices for Wash Cycle Laundry's first expansion were Washington or New York.
April 4, 2014
G ABRIEL MANDUJANO, 30, of West Philadelphia, is founder and CEO of Wash Cycle Laundry. The company operates four laundromats and a fleet of bike-trailers, offering laundry pickup, cleaning and delivery to residents, businesses and health-care institutions in Philly. Mandujano, a California native whose father hailed from Peru, is a 2005 Wharton grad with a master's degree from the London School of Economics. He started the business in 2010. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz?
March 1, 2014 |
DESIGN: Laundry Punch Bag DESIGNER: Jason Lempieri of ReThinkTank L.L.C., Bella Vista WHAT'S NEW HERE: A hybrid of three products - hamper, laundry transporter, and workout equipment - creates an entirely new product. Jason Lempieri went to design school at the Pratt Institute in New York, where the emphasis was on the beauty and purity of the form. He always craved more depth - what does a design do and mean beyond its beauty? Can it have both function and style? In his work as an architect and industrial designer, he has focused on incentive-based design, the idea of creating a product that encourages someone to change his behavior - a highly challenging prospect.