Family-owned laundry business Veldkamp wassen en stomen, located on Frederik Hendriklaan, celebrated its 60th anniversary with an honoring ceremony by Mayor Jan van Zanen. Founders Hans and Ada Veldkamp commenced their laundry venture in 1964. In 2006, their daughter Evelien took over the reins of the business and remains at the helm to this day. Six decades later, Veldkamp continues to be the trusted partner in delivering high-quality laundry and dry cleaning services, with a focus on quality, service, and personal attention.

Evelien Veldkamp expressed pride in this milestone and appreciated Mayor Jan van Zanen acknowledging the significance of Veldkamp wassen en stomen for the community: "It was an honor to have Mayor Jan van Zanen at our anniversary celebration, and I am proud of my team. Last year, we gave the business a significant makeover with a focus on sustainability. Our new machines weigh the laundry, adjusting the amount of water and detergent accordingly. Everything is precisely calibrated. Additionally, both businesses and individuals in The Hague can have their laundry picked up and delivered by our electrically powered company van."

In 1977, a fire threatened to disrupt operations., Both the ground floor and the first floor, where they lived, were completely destroyed by the fire."but through hard work, Hans and Ada ensured they could return to the same location. Conversely, a highlight occurred in 1992 when son and brother Bart Veldkamp became an Olympic Champion in speedskating and was honored in front of Veldkamp wassen en stomen. This significantly boosted the company's visibility.

Following the takeover, years passed without major issues until the pandemic struck. A significant portion of the revenue vanished as many corporate clients, such as restaurants and theaters, were forced to close. Plans to refurbish the store had to be put on hold. Doubts about the survival of the business were prevalent, but with strong determination, they are now busier than ever.

Photo: Jort Stengs