Thursday, October 21, 2010

Car Wash/Dog Wash/Ice Cream Shop/Espresso Bar

As a busy mom, I love multitasking. Especially when it comes to errands. This is why I love the quirky and totally different Splash & Wash in Pittsboro.

I stopped here because it has to be one of the oddest businesses I have seen. In the back is a full-on drive thru car wash. And a dog wash where you can drop your pooch off and they will take care of the cleaning and trimming. In the front is an ice cream shop that sells cones, sundaes, and milkshakes. Then on top of that there is an espresso bar where you can get bagels, lattes, coffees, and more. AND the ice cream and espresso is all available via drive thru. You just have to be careful you maneuver the vacuums from the car wash portion well.

C and I stopped here on our way back from the Chatham Community Library the other day and picked up a milkshake. It was quite tasty, cost us $3, and the woman working the food and beverage portion was quite nice. Turns out buildings and businesses like these are all the rage in New Jersey, where the owners are from. So yes, they own the whole thing and yes, it is planned.

The only problem is that while you can walk up to the ice cream and espresso bar as well as drive up (there are 2 separate windows) parking is a little tough. I couldn't figure out where to put my car so it wouldn't be in the way of the washers and drive thru-ers. And there are 2 benches and tables (concrete, with umbrellas), but it isn't scenic. It is in the parking lot on the side of a rather busy intersection. I held on tight to C to prevent Runaway Babies. But it wasn't hard to convince him to stay close with the possibility of a sip of the milkshake in my hand.

Splash and Wash Car and Dog Wash
Espresso Bar
Ice Cream Bar
Corner of Hwy 64 Business (West Street) and Hwy 87
Pittsboro

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