New business owner checking things off her laundry list
Sonja Ostrander is Jasper’s newest small business owner, and so far she’s having loads of fun.
Together with her husband Murray, Ostrander has repurposed the former Jasper Laundromat into Three Sheets Inc., specializing in laundry, stationary and printing services.
“I’m a luddite,” she said while pricing the office supplies inherited from More Than Mail, which closed its doors last month. “I really like paper, I really like stationery, I really like calligraphy.”
She also likes the idea of helping visitors and residents meet their laundry needs.
“There’s a need for this service,” she said. “People are always grateful.”
Like the couple who rushed down the stairs at 7 p.m., desperate to get their clothes cleaned. No problem, Ostrander assured them.
Three Sheets will keep later business hours than Coin Clean Laundry, Jasper’s other laundromat which has developed a reputation as a quality coffee house. That, and the fact that Ostrander plans to offer a wash and fold service, will give her business enough of a difference in the local laundry market to succeed, she hopes.
“I’ve had really good support from fellow business owners,” she said.
Chief among her cheerleaders have been prior owners of More Than Mail, David and Jenny Hatto.
“They’ve been so helpful in teaching me about the needs of their customers,” she said.“I hope to be able to carry that on.”
Like More Than Mail did, Three Sheets will offer bag storage services for travellers. Ostrander’s also in talks with Loomis Express to become a drop-off point for local courier services.
“I want Jasperites to be able to get what they need here instead of having to go to the city,” Ostrander said.
Even though her laundry list is long, Ostrander is having fun setting up shop. In between pricing her stock, figuring out which of her 16 washing machines run the quietest and putting the finishing touches on her logo, she’s coining cheeky new catchphrases for the business.
“The latest ones are ‘Drop your pants here,’ and ‘Laundry today or naked tomorrow,’” she laughed.