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Car wash celebrates 6 months in business

by CASEY MCCARTHY
Staff Writer | July 7, 2020 11:39 PM

MOSES LAKE — The owners of Sun Splash Car Wash wanted to thank the community of Moses Lake for helping them begin to build their business over its first six months. So the car wash, which opened in January, will offer special deals — and a karaoke contest with a substantial grand prize.

“We were excited to have the grand opening, and, after a few months passed, we wanted to celebrate that we’d been open for six months and thank all the customers that we have,” said Brock Nowell. “We felt like with everything going on with the pandemic, ... furloughs, and people not being able to work or get out and have fun, we wanted to bring some fun and energy back to the community. So we’re doing car wash karaoke.”

Nowell said people will drive up to the car wash, “crank up the tunes” and record themselves singing or lip-synching as they make their way through the wash. Participants can tag Sun Splash Car Wash on social media to submit their entry. People can vote on their favorite entries after the entry period ends on July 31. The grand prize is $500. Second place gets a six-month pass, and third gets a three-month pass.

Like any other business, Nowell said the car wash felt the strains of the pandemic, but guidelines and safety measures allowed it to continue to operate. The business did not have to shut down just when it was starting out.

Sun Splash will add 10 vacuums by the end of the month, Nowell said.

“We’re owned and operated by people within the community here,” Nowell said, “and so it’s been a really great experience for them to have lived and grown up here, and then to provide a service within the community.”

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Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald A car heads down the line at Sun Splash Car Wash in Moses Lake on Tuesday afternoon.

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Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Jasmine Erdmann of Sun Splash Car Wash in Moses Lake hoses down the front end of a car before it heads into the wash on Tuesday afternoon.

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Jasmine Erdmann, an employee at Sun Splash Car Wash, cleans a windshield on Tuesday afternoon as the local car wash celebrates six months in business.