Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Laundromats Of The 49th State

Bolstered by the Earth shattering success of my first post, I plunge now into the heart of the matter: laundromats of Fairbanks, AK. Brace yourselves.


Cushman Plaza Laundry is our first destination. This modest facility is thoughtfully located by a disabled parking space. There's even a sign in the window to indicate the owners tolerance for the disabled. I'd say this is probably the best laundromat in Fairbanks, but I'll reserve my judgment until I've seen more than one.
  • classic neon "Open" sign
  • new maintenance guy
  • $8 for the giant washer - ouch!
  • outdoor seating for sunny afternoons
  • wi-fi and tanning


Coin King Laundry does not offer washing and folding. Honestly, this place looks like a dive: several customers may have been stabbed in the seedy, superfluous semi-porch. And it also doesn't help that the Speed Queen sign has been struck by lightning.Though it has to be said the basket of laundry on the curb is a nice touch.
  • timeless '50s style neon sign, doesn't look functional
  • mysterious stains on the asphalt outside
  • clean, reflective windows


You would think that this blight on the Alaskan tundra was the product of a very unimaginative architect, but don't judge Forbes Laundry by its facade. Like '90s Hole album, The Forbes is Pretty On The Inside. And these are the men behind the magic:

Meet bookish Ross Adkins, owner-builder of The Forbes, and his partner in cleanliness manager Jeff Dickens.

And let's not forget The Forbes' attendants, the Clemmonses: mother Dyea on the right, daughter Mandy on the left. Now Cushman Plaza Laundry doesn't look so hot.

My quest is complete. It's The Forbes ... or nothing.

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