Victor’s Spin on Laundry

By Beth Dodd Nancy Hanks and her husband Chris were looking for a business close to home that would provide retirement income and was not labor intensive. They decided that a laundromat fit the bill because it was needed by the community and recession proof. As we all know, there’s always more dirty laundry. The Hanks’ opened the Victor Laundromat at 106 S. 4th Street in Victor in November 2011. Nancy Hanks, owner of Gallery 80860 and the City of Victor’s bookkeeper, bought the building next door to Gallery 80860 in January 2011 and began restoration. The old building had been vacant since the 1940s. It had a dirt floor and no interior walls. Hanks believes it was last used as an auto garage, because there were numbered work bays inside. The place has now been completely renovated with new walls, ceilings, floors, sky lights, and big sunny windows where the garage doors once stood. Everything except for the north and south walls was replaced. Hanks keeps her laundromat inviting with daily cleaning, so the only dirt you have to deal with is what you bring with you. The machines are all new commercial grade stainless steel Speed Queen washers and dryers and are well-maintained. Most laundromats have machines designed for home use, which quickly become run down when used all week. The Victor Laundromat’s smaller washers can handle regular laundry, while two larger machines are for bedding and for really tough soils. They can handle up to four loads of your ugliest laundry, so bring in the funky sleeping bags that have been sitting around since your last hunting trip. With the commercial grade equipment, you can wash and dry a load of laundry in an hour. There are a few cozy chairs to relax in while you wait for the end of the spin cycle or you can go enjoy the other businesses around town. “The nice thing about Victor is you know everything will be where you left it when you get back. You can go to the bakery, get a cup of coffee, and come back. People feel comfortable leaving their laundry here,” said Hanks. Hanks and her husband Chris first came to Victor in 1991 when they transferred from the CC&V’s sister mine, the Con Mine in Yellowknife, Canada. They stayed 4 1/2 years before moving back to Canada to work in the diamond mining industry. During this time, Chris was awarded the BHP Annual Award for Environmental Excellence for a study that explored aboriginal people’s traditional uses of the land and incorporated them into the environmental planning at the Ekati Diamond Mine in the central Canadian arctic. The Hanks returned to Victor for good in 2005. So gather up the kids’ socks and head to the Victor Laundromat. It is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.