Scarecrow Rick Scott falls on the Republican rails, hot chicks wash cars and Alan Grayson for President? Oh, no.
Published: December 16, 2010
Still, the warm-blooded business refuses to hibernate. “People still need their cars washed,” Tipton says. Baywash owner Steve McMahon goes a step further, suggesting that bikinis or not, some of his clients wouldn’t want their cars washed by anybody else. “We have a high-end clientele [because] the girls have a reputation of doing the best job in town,” he says. (The most basic wash costs $10, though women only pay half that. Tipping is encouraged.)
McMahon and his employees operate out of a car wash port next to the Citgo gas station across from Aloma Elementary school. (The gas station abandoned the port after repeated and costly malfunctions of the automated wash system, which performed poorly even when it was working.) McMahon says that by Friday of this week, the building will have doors, windows and a heating system installed, as well as benches lining the inner wall so that clients can get a better view of the action. “It’s going to be up close and even sexier,” he says. “The interior vacuum is the sexiest, because they have to crawl inside.”
McMahon is also planning on stretching his usual closing hour (7 p.m.) to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays next month for “Baywash Afterhours,” where there’ll be music, blacklights and law permitting, a few tipsy employees and customers. “We’re going to have sort of a car wash club scene,” McMahon says. “The girls will be a little crazier.”
We asked McMahon if the wash’s relatively hedonistic environment had attracted much criticism. “Believe it or not, even with the school right there, and the Christians the way they are, no, not really,” he answers.
Baywash does, however, come under the eye of those sitting in cars parked nearby for a suspiciously long time. “We get the occasional creeper,” Tipton says.
In response, McMahon is planning to add the footnote “We See You” to Baywash’s new signage. “Like a scarecrow in the cornfields,” he says.
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