John Wooden once said, “Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details. This is the case with Quick Way Car Wash.
In these busy times, it is almost impossible to find the time to wash the car. Yet, have you noticed all the pollen on your car, only to find you need to purchase more supplies? Have you ever been running late and noticed how embarrassingly dirty your car is? Have you ever come back from the beach just too beat to wash the sand off your vehicle? Whatever the reason, there is no need to fret. Quick Way Car Wash, located at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Deering Street, is upgrading to provide a speedy three-and-a-half-minute car wash that will put a smile on your face and help the community.
Owner, John Milton was born and raised in Marianna. In fact, he is a seventh generation resident. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1980, John decided to settle in the community with his wife Vikki and raise a family. Being quite the business man, in 2007 John tried his hand with a new venture. He purchased both of the local Quick Way Car Washes.
Despite being delayed by Hurricane Michael, John installed a new machine for the Highway 90 location on Christmas Eve last year. The new car wash uses foam brushes and works off friction. It includes wheel scrubbers and super cool “lava drop with colored lights”. For those who pay for the final pass, a Teflon coating seals your car wash for 30 days, and you will be provided a free vacuum token. Plus, the car wash is four-and-a-half minutes faster than before. Most people can slip three minutes into their schedule.
“Everyone loved the new car wash so much that I wanted to upgrade the Jefferson Street location,” John explained. “Plus, it is an opportunity to get your vehicle cleaned on the way home after the beach or on the way to school,” he added. While recently attending the International Car Wash Show in Nashville, John came across a deal he was unable to refuse. “The new car wash will do everything the Highway 90 car wash can do and it is touchless,” he shared. According to John the new equipment is scheduled to be installed by the end of June and will feature “turbo hydro-force wheel scrubbers and more flashing lights.”
“For those who want a workout, self-serve bays are still available at both locations,” he continued, “along with vacuums, and vending machines stocked with detailing supplies and air fresheners.”
Although their children, John and Natalee, are now grown, John and Vikki continue to live and love Marianna.
“The community has always taken care of me, and I like giving back,” he shared. “We have good schools, parks and a good hospital,” he continued. John has been active in helping the community throughout his life, serving on the Jackson Hospital board, First Presbyterian Session, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary, in many cases in an officer capacity.
“I enjoy helping the youth at church,” John shared. It is for these reasons that John wants to donate a portion of the proceeds to schools and church youth organizations in the future.
“Plus, you get your vehicle cleaned,” he explained with excitement.
It is a way to take care of the minor car washing details of life, while accomplishing large, future community improvements through area youth.
While the hurricane damage was minor at both car wash locations, he had quite a bit of destruction at home and with his rental properties. Yet, the very optimistic John Milton expressed feelings of being blessed. “This is an opportunity for growth, if we take advantage of it,” he added. “This is a great time to promote the community, help your neighbors and work together” John continued.
Visit Quick Way Car Wash at 4430 Deering Street, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Check out John’s new car wash video on Facebook. To learn more, call John at 850-708-7732. What a wonderful business and service for the community. Visit the City of Marianna’s website at http://www.mariannafl.city/335/New-Businesses-and-Other-Community-News to learn more about businesses in Marianna.
Kay Dennis, MBA, MPA, A.I.C.P., is the director of Municipal Development for the City of Marianna.