New Plymouth woman hopes to clean up with new business venture

Le-Stitch-it owner Lee Mancer has now added a laundrette service to her clothing alteration business.
Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ

Le-Stitch-it owner Lee Mancer has now added a laundrette service to her clothing alteration business.

A New Plymouth mother's entrepreneurial spirit has kicked in again as she launches another strand to her business.

Lee Mancer first set up her clothing alteration business - Le-Stitch-It - from her Carrington St garage when she first moved to New Plymouth from Auckland in 2008.

After the business outgrew her home base, she set up shop on the city's main street.  Now from her new base on Devon St East, where she moved last August, she has launched a wash, dry and fold service.

Mancer said her new location used to be a former laundrette and she would regularly get enquiries from people about whether she offered laundry services. At first she said no and turned customers away.

"But then it just hit me one day, 'that's it Lee, you've got to start washing clothes'," she said.

Mancer's service, known as Laundrette on Devon, has been operating now for five weeks.

She said a lot of her clients at the moment were tourists who were visiting the city.

"They want all their washing cleaned before they move onto the next destination," she said.

She said the service also appealed to people who didn't have the proper washing facilities at home.

Mancer said if this side of the business took off, she hoped to be able to employ someone else to work alongside her. At the moment the mother of two said she worked 80 hours a week but said it was all worth it, especially as her work meant she was able to provide for her teenage girls.

"I'm hoping to make enough from this to cater for them," she said.

 - Stuff

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