We were looking for a start-up business that can inspire the younger generation and we have found one in the Philippines.
THE CLEANIC PH
LAUNDRY X LOUNGE
IT STARTED WITH A BOTTLE
The best ideas would usually come when you are relaxed. That’s exactly what happened when a group of millennials decided to kick off a business while drinking bottles of Andy Player and Smirnoff. One of their friends lamented on how there is no self – service laundry within his area. And while he was at it, the group recognized the potential of the laundry business, most especially that self – service ones.
From then on, Jamie Acac (25), Mara Medalle (26), John Malayao (26), Marlon Sotta (26) and Franz Turo (26) held virtual meetings to brainstorm ideas. You have to thank technology for that, right? It makes planning easier, most especially for this specific group where most of them have day jobs.
- Jamie works in a government agency
- John is a chef
- Marlon is an engineer
- Mara is a CPA
- Franz is a soon-to-be lawyer
FINDING THE PERFECT LOCATION
They started to scout commercial spaces in BGC, but most of it was already dedicated for offices. They had to consider other areas such as Espana and Taft and eventually found a place along Estrada St. in Manila. It’s very strategic as it is nearby schools such as St. Scholastica’s College, DLS-CSB, and DLSU.
CONCEPTUALIZING THE LAUNDRY
After sealing the deal, the group decided to plan the design and concept of the laundry. They wanted it to be a place where their customers can ‘standby’ or relax comfortably while doing their laundry. Since they are nearby schools, they have already anticipated that most of their customers would be cleaning up their soiled clothes while preparing for their school exams! They also accept corporate clients like salons and hotels.
WHERE DID YOU GET THE NAME?
The original name that the group wanted was Sip n Spin. But upon registering, they found out that it was already taken. One of the partners suggested THE CLEANIC, Landry x Lounge (which I have to say, sounded even better!).
THE CLEANIC, Landry x Lounge had their soft opening last August 19 and without much of a surprise, they already have returning customers. Thanks to their creative promos and amazing facilities, it’s hard not to fall in love with this laundry x lounge. And yes, they have snacks too just in case you want to munch on something.
WORK AND BUSINESS
While it is hard to manage work and business, the owners feel a sense of accomplishment each day. Millenials are tagged as lazy folks but having your own business can prove otherwise. Hard work is really the secret. As they say, if you have the resources to put up a business, go for it!
These young entrepreneurs invested around PHP 1.6Million for the business. They really wanted their shop to stand out, thus making the look different from the rest.
While they encounter challenges along the way, they decided to just take it as key lessons and move forward!
Their parents are very supportive and in fact, some of them even lent money to kick off the business. Well, with careful planning and a feasibility study, any parent with resources would gladly help their kids.