William Leeds is cleaning up in the travel industry...cleaning up
clothes, that is. He is the proud proprietor of the Concord Travel
Agency and Laundromat, a Manhattan duplex where clients come to get
fluffed, folded and flown away.
Why the washer-flier combo? "Are you familiar with rents in
Manhattan?" Leeds asked, as draining rinse water provided a vaguely
oceanic background music. "The laundry affords me the opportunity
to have the travel agency I've always wanted. It's given me a
positive cash flow within six months. With the travel business
alone, that could take years."
Endlessly entrepreneurial, Leeds' also offers his largely
Russian and Polish clientele mailbox rentals, fax services,
photocopying, document translation and notarization, and until
recently, an employment service. "Ethnic agencies, which this is,
do lots of different things. I'd find people housekeepers,
Everybody's heard the scary tales about making it in New York
versus making it anyplace else. Something tells me William Leeds is
gonna do just fine.