Paul Partyka is a freelance writer based in Chicago. He was editor of American Coin-Op in 1997-2011.
CHICAGO — More than half of the respondents say 2010 was below average (36.1%) or poor (16.7%) in terms of business, according to the latest Wire survey.
Twenty-five percent say 2010 was a good year for business, while 16.7% say it was an average year. Five percent call 2010 a great year for business.
CHICAGO — Some of you no doubt are still recovering from the holiday season, and want to lay low. Wanting to spend a little quality time on the couch is understandable.
While preparing your taxes may be low on your priority list at the moment, a little planning can go a long way in ensuring a smooth tax-prep process. Formulating the proper questions today can save you from plenty of headaches tomorrow. Maybe there are some tax considerations that you have never pondered.
NEW YORK CITY — When it comes to getting one’s clothes washed and dried in Manhattan, it can be a case of feast or famine.
Washers and dryers are becoming a Manhattan status symbol, according to the New York Times. Home washers and dryers are more common in the suburbs. Only about 20% of the apartments in the city have washers and dryers.
WASHINGTON —Vending, a traditional part of the self-service laundry experience, is about to undergo a major change in 2011. Fortunately, laundry owners will be spared a major inconvenience.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making it easier for consumers to keep their diet resolutions. In 2011, all vending machine operators with 20 or more locations will need to provide the calorie count of items before they are chosen, thanks to health-reform legislation passed last year.
NEW YORK — Although the holiday number crunching is still going on, sales of major appliances, such as washers and dryers, are becoming more of factor at this time of year, especially on Black Friday, according to a host of store reports.
For the past three years, major-appliance sales have had a growing impact on holiday sales totals. Spurred by discounts and rebates, washers and dryers vied with TVs and jewelry for a large piece of the Black Friday pie. It wasn’t uncommon to see washer-dryer pairs packaged as a two-for-one deal.