GOSHEN — Need a place to wash your clothes and maybe entertain the kids at the same time? If so, Vicki and James Roeder have you covered.
The Roeders, both Goshen High School graduates who grew up in this area, are the new operators of what was once King Arthur’s Laundry and Arcade at 624 E. Jackson St., Goshen, which closed down this past July.
“My husband actually used to work here as a kid, so he’s coming back to his roots a little bit,” Vicki said of the business. “He lived on 10th Street, right down the road, so he’d come down here to work. Then he and I started dating when we were 18, and he worked here then as well, and we used to hang out here. So he definitely knows the ins and outs of the business pretty well.”
According to Vicki, the idea for reopening the business came rather unexpectedly following a recent conversation with the building’s owner, Joe Culver.
“Our friend, Joe Culver, his business had been closed down for about six months, and he has been in a nursing home for rehab care,” Vicki said. “During a recent talk, he told us he wanted the laundromat opened up again, and we said we would do it.”
Along with its new management comes a new name for the business, Goshen Laundromat and Arcade.
“We actually haven’t put any signs up yet,” Vicki said, “but that’s the name we’ve chosen for it.”
The business will retain many of its previous offerings, including a laundromat, arcade and vending machines, though made-to-order food will no longer be provided at the venue as it had been in the past.
“In addition to that, we also offer space for birthday parties, and we’ve actually already had one, which was a huge hit,” Vicki said. “The parents brought in the cake and decorations, and the kids got to play in the arcade and have a ball. They loved it, so it was really neat.”