It has been a struggle for Vanessa Ellis to do laundry since rioters wrecked the Giant Wash laundromat on W. Broadway in Minneapolis four months ago.
She paid a relative $20 to take her to another coin-operated laundromat miles away, but she hated the hassle. Every day, she would walk over to the Giant Wash to see if it had reopened yet.
Her persistence finally paid off last week, when she trudged through the door with two plastic bags bulging with dirty clothes. As she loaded five washing machines, Ellis thanked the attendant for bringing back an essential service for many low-income residents in the north Minneapolis neighborhood.
“I love it,” said a beaming Ellis, 60, who lives two blocks away and subsists on a disability income related to heart problems. “I’m going to be here all of the time. I’ll be glad when Walgreens and Family Dollar finally open