Loveland Shop n Wash offers laundromat, dog wash and flea market in downtown Loveland – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Loveland residents or anyone passing through downtown can find a unique little shop along Jefferson Avenue – a place to wash your clothes, wash your dogs, or even buy something from a local vendor.

Hillary Nagel brings items to furnish her flea market space on Friday, August 12, 2022 at the new Loveland Shop n Wash in downtown Loveland. The shop includes a self-service laundromat, dog laundromat, flea market and grocery store. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

The Loveland Shop n Wash has taken over the old laundromat early April, taking over a space that has changed hands and evolved over the years. But store owner Mike Wood said the laundromat, which dates back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, suffered “COVID death”.

Wood, who now owns the store with his son Jacob and friend Chris Giggy, said when he bought the space many of the machines had fallen into disrepair and were unusable due to the impacts the pandemic had caused to the company.

But after buying the space, he decided he wasn’t interested in running a laundromat. Talking to local residents, he realized that the downtown area could use a convenience store as well as a dedicated dog wash spot. He said he also decided to use the space to sell items from local vendors and designers.

“We’re actually four different companies in one,” he said.

Upon entering the store, residents can find themselves in a world divided into categories.

A section at the front of the store contains washers and dryers where people can do their laundry or have it dropped off.

Another section of the building’s facade houses a flea market, offering collectibles and antiques ranging from old toys and games to an Italian dry bar inside a globe that includes a crystal set; all of this sits alongside a wide range of items from local vendors.

Walking further out back, residents can find the convenience store and “Snack Shack,” offering food, drink, and even household items like laundry detergent pods.

At the very back of the building is a small room with several dog wash stations, flanked on one wall by a line of photos taken of dogs rinsing themselves.

“We wanted to cover what everyone in the community needed around us,” Giggy said on Friday morning as he used one of the dog sinks to clean his Pyrenean and Anatolian shepherd Sophie, 6. .

Wood said that since they opened on April 8, a day commemorated by a framed dollar bill from their first sale right behind the counter, members of the community have been “very excited” to come in and to use the store for all purposes. He said people joked that they should put a camera outside to see the reactions of passers-by when they see all the services offered by the store.

While they may have revived the laundromat look at first, the store has really evolved over the months it’s been open, Wood said.

“He has a soul of his own, we found him,” he said.

Loveland resident Hillary Nagel was setting up a small section of the store to sell some of her wares on Friday morning. She said she walked into the store last week, met Wood and saw the store, which she said exuded “great energy.”

“It’s so vibrant, this store,” she said, later adding that it was a “needed” type of store in downtown Loveland.

Wood said he’s also seen great interest from local collectors in the community who come looking for specific items. He said he has customers looking for items ranging from comic books to vinyl records to old toys and more.

LOVELAND, CO - AUGUST 12, 2022: Mike Wood helps customer Wendy Jordan make her purchase on Friday August 12, 2022 at the new Loveland Shop n Wash in downtown Loveland.  Wood is one of the owners of the shop, which includes a self-service laundry, dog wash, flea market and grocery store.  (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)
Mike Wood helps customer Wendy Jordan make her purchase on Friday August 12, 2022 at the new Loveland Shop n Wash in downtown Loveland. Wood is one of the owners of the shop, which includes a self-service laundry, dog wash, flea market and grocery store. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Due to the interest, Wood said he’s set up a virtual flea market to help handle requests from Loveland residents looking for that perfect item. It even posted a list of requested items near the cash register indicating the kinds of things people are looking to buy.

Wood said that as they continued to work on washers and dryers, adding credit card payment to machines, he didn’t know how the store would change. Either way, he said the community is grateful the old store is back up and running.

“It was fun,” he said.

The Loveland Shop n Wash, 540 N. Jefferson Ave., is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. More information about the store can be found at shopnwashloveland.com. The virtual flea market of the shop is at gofinditloveland.com.

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