Decorations inside the newly reopened Quick Clean Laundry at 117 W. Plymouth Ave. highlight DeLand landmarks, including this painting by manager Andrea Clark of the Historic Volusia County Courthouse clock.

Andrea Clark is welcoming customers back to the DeLand laundromat her family has owned for nearly 50 years.

Quick Clean Laundry at 117 W. Plymouth Ave. reopened Aug. 14 after being closed for 18 months due to a fire and an arduous rehabilitation of the building.

Andrea’s parents, Elmer and Darlene Smith, bought the business from Andrea’s grandfather in 1986, when Andrea was 12 years old. Now, Andrea has left her career as an X-ray technician to help her parents as manager of Quick Clean.

One of her first tasks was to brighten up the interior of the laundromat with murals and artwork depicting DeLand’s history and highlights.

“I tried to go back and think about the things I liked when I was a kid in DeLand,” she said.

The decorations feature, for example, the citrus industry and the clock atop the Historic Volusia County Courthouse, incorporating a pair of clock hands that were rescued during the clock’s repair a few years ago.

All that’s missing now is the regular customers.

“We’ve been closed for 18 months, and everybody found another laundromat,” Andrea Clark said.

Quick Clean Laundry is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, with drop-off service available for $1.25 per pound. Unlike some other laundromats that have gone to credit cards only to operate the machines, Quick Clean still accepts cash.

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Barb and her husband, Jeff, were both born in Kokomo, Indiana, a factory town surrounded by cornfields about 50 miles north of Indianapolis. In 1979, they set out on a road trip that would define their lives, and would end with their taking up residence in DeLand. After working at the DeLand Sun News and the Orlando Sentinel 1979-92, Barb helped found The Beacon, and was appointed publisher and CEO in 2013. Since late 2004, Barb has also managed Conrad Realty Co.’s historic property in Downtown DeLand, where The Beacon is an anchor tenant.


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