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The Great Debate

September 12, 2006
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Writing in favor of pet washes
Ken Shorsher

I own the Sudsy Dog Wash, Circle City Java and Splash N Dash Carwash. All three businesses are located in the same building and are cross-marketed to make one neat package of a multi-profit center.

I believe in what I'm doing. I do my homework and research diligently. My father was a pioneer in the self-serve laundry industry and had one of the first self-serve carwashes in Ohio. I have been an airline pilot for 34 years, the last 23 as a captain.

I'm often asked why I chose to bundle together three seemingly miscellaneous businesses?


Writing against pet washes
Ben Tresser

It sounded great: extra profit, happy pets, happy customers and all I would need was a pet wash unit and the power and water already available at my carwash.

These were the thoughts that echoed through my mind as I left the San Antonio ICA Show in May, 2005. I had just purchased an express exterior carwash and was looking for a complimentary profit center that I could operate on my site in a 1,500-square-foot annex building that had previously housed a two-bay detail shop.

Overcome with excitement, I changed the name of my facility and purchased two complete pet wash units and enough products to wash every dog in the county. There seemed no doubt that the Yellow Submarine Car and Pet Wash would be a tremendous hit.