After the owner of Happy Wash (Wilson & Dover) retired and closed her business in 2020, we were happy to have a newcomer to Uptown, Happy Life Laundromat, fill in the gap.
Happy Life did nice work with drop-offs, helped the community (offering free washes to homeless individuals on Saturdays), and added a vibrant business to a notorious Uptown intersection (Leland & Racine).
Unfortunately, Happy Life is no more, closing abruptly on May 23rd with no advance notice to patrons.
We have spoken with the owner since learning of the closing from multiple readers. The owner confirmed the location is closed permanently and the equipment will be relocated. No other details were forthcoming as of this post.
We are all very sad every time an independent business closes, and Happy Life is a big loss. Having "eyes on the street" is very important. Given the checkered history of this intersection, we hope that another entrepreneur is willing to take over the space.
In the meantime, for those looking for a new place to do their washing, there is another coin laundry at 4552 N Magnolia, in the strip mall at the corner of Wilson and Magnolia.