Monday, March 03, 2014
By Bonnie Adler
Who hasn’t wished for a safe place to stash heavy or bulky bags while on a day trip to New York? Or longed for a clean, comfortable bathroom roomy enough to allow you for a change of clothing?
Or perhaps you just need a pleasant place to sit down and recharge both yourself and your cell phone before the trip home?
A Fairfield man thinks he has the answer –- a new private day storage and luxury bathroom facility business called Posh Stow and Go. It will be opening in two locations in Manhattan this summer, one near Pennsylvania Station and one near Grand Central Terminal.
It will offer visitors, tourists and commuters a safe, secure place to “stow” belongings like backpacks, shopping bags, and luggage, and “go” to the bathroom in luxury restroom facilities, which are equipped with showers, baby changing tables and handicapped accessible features.
Also offered are secure charging stations for phones, cameras, computers or health devices that permit members to safely leave their equipment as it charges.
CEO Wayne Parks, a Fairfield resident and self-confessed germaphobe, says he got the idea during his many frequent trips to New York, when he found himself struggling with way too many bags and an aversion to using public bathrooms with long lines.
Posh Stow and Go bathrooms, which include soundproof rooms, motion sensor flushers and faucets, and high-powered hand dryers, will be maintained by full time attendants. Packages can be left securely in lockers or storage areas in the 24-hour a day facilities.
Billing itself New York City’s first “members only luxury day storage and bathroom facility,” Posh Stow and Go charges an annual membership fee of $15.
Members can purchase different packages that range from three days ($24) to six days ($42) to 10 days ($60).
Parks says members can expect to pay an average price of $8 a day depending on the number of days reserved. Those interested can sign up now, paying only when the first location opens.
In addition, the company is now offering a 50-60 percent discount price in advance of the planned summertime opening for those willing to commit financially to the concept in the next 30 days.
“We decided to use a crowd-funding technique,” said Parks, “which is usually used to raise funds for social or charitable events. We did this to get people excited about the idea and get the word out.”
Parks says that the location near Pennsylvania Station will open first, followed quickly by the location near Grand Central and then another that will be in a downtown location next.
He is also planning to expand to Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Members who travel will be able to take advantage of all locations.
For more information, visit http://www.poshstowandgo.com.
Posted 03/03/14 at 09:58 PM
What a fabulous idea, one that may encourage more people to spend the day in the city, expecially those with children! The best of luck to you Wayne with this ingenious venture.
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