In this week’s Market Focus, we cover a scholarship award, grand openings, a charity drive and a new carwash attraction.

TradeMark Car Wash awards $4,000 scholarship to Allen High School senior

ALLEN, Texas — On April 29th, TradeMark Car Wash presented a local high school student with a $4,000 scholarship for college tuition, according to a press release.

TradeMark Car Wash owners Tom and Kim Miller are passionate about education and community involvement. “As long-time residents, we feel a strong connection with the school district. All three of our kids were very involved with and graduated from Allen High School,” commented Kim Miller. “Not to mention, during the past decade and a half, we have employed literally dozens of AHS students at our carwash, who at times felt like an extension of our family.”

The 2017 TradeMark Car Wash Scholarship, part of the Foundation for Allen Schools Student Scholarship Program, sought to reward a student who has shown determination, diligence, a strong work ethic and a positive approach in school as well as the ability to support and lead other students towards success, the release stated.

Ashton Gilmore was chosen by the Foundation for Allen Schools to receive this award, the release continued.

Gilmore was captain of the Allen Men’s Varsity Basketball team his senior year and recently committed to play basketball for Wayland Baptist University in the fall, the release noted, where he plans to pursue a degree in criminology, joining the class of 2021.

Beyond his academic and athletic achievements, it was Gilmore’s positive attitude and determination that truly set him apart, the release added.

“Ashton is not only accomplished, but a joy to be around,” said Kim Miller. “As local business owners, we are honored to give directly back to our community by helping a local student like Ashton further his collegiate goals.”

The Millers met Gilmore and presented the TradeMark Car Wash scholarship to him at the 2017 Scholarship Reception hosted by the Foundation for Allen Schools, where Kim Miller has served as a board member for three years, the release concluded.

More information about the Foundation for Allen Schools can be found at www.AISDFoundation.org.

Prime Shine opens 18th location

MODESTO, Calif. — Prime Shine Car Wash opened a brand new location in Patterson, California, on May 3rd, according to a press release.

The new site marks the 18th location opening for Prime Shine, the release continued.

“The opening of our 18th location is part of a larger goal of operating 20 locations by the year 2020,” said Evan Porges, Prime Shine’s CEO/President. “We are excited to bring our brand to Patterson. Residents can enjoy and experience our fast and friendly service, quality products and exceptional employees without having to drive longer distances to other cities in which we operate.”

Mike’s Carwash partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters for charity carwash day

CINCINNATI — Mike’s Carwash will partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the eighth year in a row to raise money for its youth mentoring programs in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, according to a press release.

On Saturday, May 13th, the company will donate half the proceeds of all Ultimate and Works washes sold throughout the day, the release continued, and there will also be donation buckets on-site at all locations to allow customers the opportunity to contribute a personal donation, if they desire to do so.

All proceeds and donations will benefit eight local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters, the release noted.

The fundraiser will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at all 19 Mike’s Carwash locations, the release added.

Bigs and Littles, media personalities, radio stations and other special guests will be on site with free food samples and coupons throughout the day at all Mike’s Carwash locations, the release stated.

“We are so appreciative of all of our team members, customers, media partners and other local businesses that support the event and allow us to continue this fundraiser year after year,” said Mike Dahm, president of Mike’s Carwash. “This day is all about raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters and supporting their mission of providing children facing adversity with strong relationships and positive change. We are praying for good weather and encourage everyone to come get a wash and give a future.”

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been empowering children to succeed through mentorship programs, and they are proof that caring role models really do make a difference, the release noted.

According to national research, Little Brothers and Sisters are 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol and 52 percent less likely to skip school, the release concluded.

Rawr! Central Texas’ first coin-operated dinosaurs debut at Jurassic Car Wash

AUSTIN, Texas — Jurassic Car Wash debuted the first coin-operated mechanical, animatronic dinosaurs in Central Texas, according to a press release.

The two museum and exhibition quality dinos are a Styracosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus Rex — each 12 feet long and 6 feet tall — at the wash’s location at 4809 South Congress Avenue, the release continued.

The realistic dinosaurs come alive with sound for more than two full minutes when 75 cents (quarters only) are deposited, the release noted; when activated, the dinosaurs open and close their mouths in synchronization with loud roars, thrash their heads and tails from side to side, move their chests up and down to simulate breathing and blink their red-toned glaring eyes.

The coin-activated dinosaurs operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the same as Jurassic Car Wash itself, the release added.

The T-Rex and Styracosaurus weigh around 300 lbs. each and were manufactured to look as much like their extinct counterparts as possible, with accurate colors, proportions and detailing, the release stated.

Owner of Jurassic Car Wash and longtime entrepreneur John Borek set out to make his carwash “fun and different with a dash of Austin weird,” the release noted.

“I wanted my carwash to be an entertaining one-stop shop for families,” says Borek. “It’s about amusing people and making them smile.”

Sparklez Car Wash opens in Pearland

PEARLAND, Texas — According to www.communityimpact.com, in early March, Sparklez Car Wash, a family-owned express carwash, opened at 8905 W. Broadway St.

The wash offers four packages, and customers have the option of buying monthly unlimited washes, the article stated; each wash also includes free vacuums.

Racer Classic Car Wash opens fifth location

LUBBOCK, Texas — According to www.kcbd.com, Racer Classic Car Wash opened its fifth location with a weeklong celebration of activities.

During various days the week of May 1st, the carwash gave out free washes, free lunches, free gifts for kids and provided a donation-based lemonade stand, the proceeds of which went to Covenant Children’s Hospital, a longtime partner of the carwash, the article stated.

The week of celebrations ended with the ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 9th with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the article noted.

Racer Classic Car Wash has a seven-day wash guarantee, free vacuums and monthly unlimited wash plans starting at $20, the article concluded.