Bub­ble Brew: Laun­dry and Café in one

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - Jo Ann Sablad

DO­ING the laun­dry is one of the house­hold chores we nec­es­sar­ily do ev­ery week, al­though some do it more of­ten.

Usu­ally done dur­ing the week­ends, laun­dry is of­ten done in the com­fort of your home, be it through us­ing the wash­ing ma­chine or do­ing it by hands.

How­ever, those who are liv­ing in board­ing houses, ho­tels, apart­ments, con­do­mini­ums, or those who are just too busy to do their house­hold chores tend to have their laun­dry done at laun­dry shops. Just bring­ing in their clothes and load­ing them into the ma­chine and in about an hour all clothes are as good as new.

The thing about laun­dry shops, peo­ple tend to get bored wait­ing for their clothes to fin­ish wash­ing up and be­ing dried in the dryer. So, they look for things to do while wait­ing, like play­ing with their phones, watch­ing tele­vi­sion (if one is avail­able in the laun­dry shop) or talk­ing to their com­pan­ions if they brought one.

Luck­ily, there’s this shop lo­cated at the corner 9th-16th Street, Nazareth, Ca­gayan de Oro City that of­fers the usual laun­dry ser­vices how­ever, it also of­fers com­fort and con­ve­nience to its cus­tomers as it also serves as a cafe.

Bub­ble Brew Laun­dro­mat is a self-ser­vice laun­dro­mat cafe, es­tab­lished on Fe­bru­ary 2018, that serves as a laun­dry shop and at the same time of­fers drinks and snacks for the cus­tomers who have to wait for their clothes to fin­ish wash­ing and dry­ing.

“Un­like sa uban, mas ma­g­a­na­han ka’g stay or mag­tam­bay or dili kaayo masayang imong time while ga wait ka, es­pe­cially sa mga stu­dents, ga study sila or gabuhat sa ilang the­sis, maka­tra­baho sila kay naay free WiFi and cof­fee,” Ka­t­rina Camille (KC) Salazar, one of the own­ers of Bub­ble Brew, said.

Bub­ble Brew has five wash­ing ma­chines and five dry­ers the cus­tomers can use. All of the ma­chines are card op­er­ated; you just need to pay P60 per load (8 kilo­grams) for wash­ing and an­other P60 for dry­ing.

The wash­ing ma­chines use liq­uid de­ter­gent and if you don’t have one in your per­son, you can buy your needed de­ter­gent in Bub­ble Brew.

It may be self-ser­vice how­ever, the staff in Bub­ble Brew helps its cus­tomers in terms of op­er­at­ing the ma­chines and even fold­ing your clothes.

And while you wait for your laun­dry to fin­ish, you can re­lax and have a taste of the snacks and bev­er­ages they of­fer, such as cook­ies, cof­fee, frappe, fla­vored latte, smooth­ies, tea, and oth­ers.

There are also other means to pass your time in Bub­ble Brew as it also has a Smart TV avail­able where you can watch shows from Net­flix or videos in Youtube. The shop also has free WiFi which will keep you en­ter­tained un­til your laun­dry is fin­ished.

“Ang among edge gyud is that you’re at home, like you can do the laun­dry, which is house­hold na imo nga chore, and yet ma-en­joy gyapon ka. And dili ka ma bored and maini­tan,” Salazar said.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the Bub­ble Brew Laun­dro­mat came from their de­sire to put up a cafe. How­ever, all of them have no ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to mak­ing cof­fee as no one in their group is a trained barista.

“Gusto lang sad mi nga even though nga kana bitaw ba­sic need sa tao nga among ma-cater nga bisan pag ma­g­a­na­han ka’g cof­fee or not, maglaba man gyud ka. Ba­sic kaayo sya nga thing,” Salazar said.

KC is an of­fi­cer in a bank here in Ca­gayan de Oro City and, apart from be­ing one of the own­ers of Bub­ble Brew, she is also the vo­cal­ist of the Indie Dream-Pop band KRNA (pro­nounced kire-ina).

De­spite her busy sched­ule, she still find the time to tend to their laun­drycafe shop. Al­though all of it over­whelms her, KC said she just needs to or­ga­nize ev­ery­thing and man­age her time.

At present, the laun­dry part of the shop tends to get more sales than the cafe, ac­cord­ing to KC. As such, she said they plan to pro­mote their cafe more, adding that their cafe is at part to the stan­dards of the nor­mal cafe in the city.

“We know nga naa mi ca­pa­bil­ity ana, ex­cept that karon nga year nag fo­cus mi more on sa laun­dry,” KC said.

She said they will be bring­ing in more food items in their menu to pair up with their bev­er­ages.

Apart from that, they are also look­ing into of­fer­ing a de­liv­ery ser­vice for their laun­dry as some of their cus­tomers are from those liv­ing in the up­town and Gusa ar­eas.

Bub­ble Brew Laun­dro­mat, ac­cord­ing to KC, is per­haps the only laun­drycafe hy­brid shop here in the city. Not only does it give you the con­ve­nience in do­ing one of the tir­ing house­hold chores, but the shop also gives you com­fort and re­lax­ation.

(JO ANN SABLAD)

BUB­BLE BREW Laun­dro­mat is a self-ser­vice laun­dry shop and cafe lo­cated at the corner 9th-16th Street, Nazareth, Ca­gayan de Oro City.

(PHOTO FROM BUB­BLE BREW FACEBOOK PAGE)

Bub­ble Brew has a Smart TV where you can watch videos and shows from Net­flix and Youtube to keep you en­ter­tained while you wait for your clothes to fin­ish wash­ing and dry­ing.

(JO ANN SABLAD)

For P60 per load (8 kilo­grams) you can have your clothes washed or dried us­ing their car­d­op­er­ated wash­ing ma­chines and dry­ers.

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