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May 17, 2014

Clinton Plaza Laundry doing doggone well

Phil Konstantine has seen a lot in the 14 years he has owned Clinton Plaza Laundry. He can tell a lot of stories — and it is not all dirty laundry.

“Terry is a good example,” Konstantine said, indicating his dog. “He is a retired certified seeing-eye dog. I knew him for two years before I got him. His owner would come in, and Terry, he was like a robot. One day his owner asked if I’d like to pet him. I said sure, and he took him off of the harness. He was like a different dog then. When it was time for Terry to retire, his owner asked if we’d like to have him.”

In addition to a pet-friendly laundry, Konstantine offers full-service wash, dry and fold as well as dry cleaning — including leather and suede, and has a key-duplicating machine.

“The key-making machine has been a good thing,” Konstantine said. “A lot of college students come in the fall and the spring and they need keys. I bought this machine about 12 or 13 years ago when Central Tractor closed.”

The laundry business has evolved over the years that Konstantine has owned it. When he bought the business from Josie Norton, it was used by more college students than year-around residents. He said he now sees more residential and summer rental business.

“I do a lot of sheets and towels for the summer rentals,” Konstantine said. “Families come for the baseball camps and rent houses, and every week, I wash, dry and fold sheets and towels. I can show you the correct way to fold a fitted sheet with my eyes closed.”

When Konstantine purchased the laundry business in the beginning of the 21st century, he knew nothing, he says, about the business.

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