By JOHN KLINE firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — 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.”
Vicki said the reaction by the local community to the business reopening has already been extremely positive.
“They’re super excited because this is a big residential area,” Vicki said. “A lot of people here actually don’t have cars, so it’s not unusual to see them ride in on mo-peds, or even carry in their laundry in baskets.”
Hours of operation for the new business are Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“There’s always an attendant on duty, and there’s plenty of parking for those who choose to drive,” Vicki said. “Our biggest thing is just letting people know that this is a safe and fun place for people to come and enjoy. We’re really excited about some of the changes that we’re going to be making, and we’re excited about the positive feedback we’re receiving from the community.”