Why We Do
What We Do

We founded Brio Laundry on the premise that something as basic and necessary as doing the laundry was long overdue for improvement

We Began with Four Main Principles

  • Time Is Precious:  New state-of-art technology allows us to do laundry faster (and better) than ever before. Instead of spending a whole day doing one load after another, we can do it all in under 60 minutes.
  • Be Environmentally Responsible: The old approach of wasting water, electricity, and gas is simply not sustainable–or justifiable when better options exist. We use high-efficiency machines and sustainable practices and materials in everything we do. Also, we offer natural and specialty home cleaners that treat your clothes (even outdoor gear!) gently and effectively.
  • Make Laundry Pleasant: It’s got to be done, but it doesn’t have to be dull, noisy, or scary. Why not provide a clean, safe environment with easy access to shops and parking? In addition to custom options, our comfortable seating, free wi-fi, and helpful attendants create a better laundry experience.
  • Provide Real and Lasting Value: Properly laundered clothing looks better and lasts longer. For instance, all of our washers are front-loading so there is less damage to your clothes from agitation, and our dryers employ state-of-the-art techniques like reversing rotation and temperature adjustments to keep garments from becoming heat-damaged.

Friendly, Inviting, Connected

In addition to market-competitive pricing, we also offer discounts on services, weekly events, and bonus dollars for our customers. When you purchase a Brio Wash Card, you can get bonus dollars every time you add money to it. You can even use our Brio To Go Drop & Dash service for convenient pickup and delivery.

We are centrally located in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood at the corner of James & Alabama. Also, we offer free parking in the Sunnyland Square shopping center with Trader Joe’s, Cruisin’ Coffee, and Pita Pit.

Who Is Brio Laundry?

“I started Brio to bring sustainable environmental practices to a very old industry – and we knocked the socks off the whole laundromat thing!”

Colleen Unema is the brain and the heart behind Brio Laundry. Her background is in education, but several years ago she had a vision about starting a laundromat that was different from your regular dirty, dingy, not-very-pleasant laundry experience. With her typical energy, she threw herself into this idea, researching eco-friendly washing machines and dryers, energy use, customer satisfaction and market trends, and community needs. Finally she created Brio Laundry, which has fast begun to model a new kind of laundry experience.

Now that people embrace more sustainable and responsible lifestyles, Colleen’s focus on saving money and resources through thoughtful use of technology and efficient design has resonated with both her clients and her peers in the business community. Colleen takes her philosophy of sustainability seriously. When building out the current site she employed CDK Interiors, Marcus M. Johnson Architects, and The Franklin Corporation. They designed and built Brio’s space using VOC-free paint, Energy Star lighting, recycled flooring materials, and efficient tanks and pumps. Additionally, Colleen speaks frequently at industry conferences – sharing expertise in sustainable business models, team building, entrepreneurship, brand development, and more.