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Karina Ramirez: Car wash polishes off second location

It’s been three years since Brad Mann introduced The Wash Factory, his eco-friendly and standalone automated, ride-through car wash, to Denton.

On Tuesday, he will open his second location at 1900 W. University Drive, next to Rocky’s Sports Bar. The new 5,000-square-foot car wash sits on land that was previously undeveloped.

“It is smaller [than the first location] but not enough to make a difference. … My lot is just really compact,” he said. “It is really the same car wash.”

Mann said he decided to open a location on University Drive because he saw a lot of his competitors looking in that area.

“This is a really underserved market in Denton. … I believe this is where the growth in Denton is really going to be,” he said.

The Wash Factory on Loop 288 opened in November 2010. Mann introduced a four-minute car wash process and a $3 offer.

Since then, the business has flourished. A year after opening that location, he began looking for his next one.

The Wash Factory will employ 25 people, 12 of them at the University Drive location.

In addition to opening a new spot, Mann is also introducing new offers. Like he did when he opened his first location, he is going to offer free car washes through the end of August. Also during this month, the new $12 “Make It Shine” package will be available for $6.

Business hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekly.

For more information, visit


A new MinuteClinic has opened in Cross Roads.

The clinic is located inside CVS Pharmacy at 11101 U.S. Highway 380.

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections, according to a press release. Minor wounds, abrasions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A and B are available at most MinuteClinic locations.

MinuteClinic’s first store-based clinic in Texas opened in 2006, according to a news release. The Cross Roads location is the 32nd MinuteClinic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

No appointments are necessary, and most health insurance is accepted. For more information, visit


Marinda Griffin, the organizer of Denton’s first Keep It Local community and networking gathering, said the Aug. 4 event raised $400 and gathered 60 pounds of food for the Denton Community Food Center.

“It was a great turnout,” Griffin said in an e-mail.

The free, family-friendly event featured local artists, musicians and businesses showcasing their services. It also allowed participants to network and discuss collaboration opportunities.


Retail sales increased by 0.3 percent in July, according to the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association.

The increase was mostly due to back-to-school items like clothing and sporting goods.

However, there was a decline in home-based categories such as building materials and furniture, the association reported.

The seasonally adjusted figure excluded automobiles, gas stations and restaurants.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported an increase of 0.2 percent in retail and food service sales from the previous month, and a 5.4 percent increase from July 2012.


Tamera H. Bennett, a Lewisville-based music and trademark attorney, was elected secretary of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy. Her term started June 1, 2013.

The Recording Academy is best known for its annual Grammy Awards presentation. The Texas Chapter operates as one of 12 regional chapters linking the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to its membership. Serving Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, the chapter sponsors educational workshops and networking events for its membership and the community.

Bennett, of Flower Mound, is a mediator and has practiced trademark, copyright and entertainment law since 1998.

Coming up

The Aubrey 380 Chamber of Commerce will meet for its monthly networking luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Prairie House Restaurant, 10001 Highway 380. Cost is $12 per person.

For more information, e-mail Donna Sims at


Charter, a broadband communications provider, will present two events in the next couple of weeks to answer questions about university students’ off-campus technology needs.

The events will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday during Texas Woman’s University’s “Campus Block Party,” at the Student Union, 304 Administration Drive; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26-27 at the University of North Texas Union, 1155 Union Circle.

Brian Anderson, director of regional communications with Charter, said in an e-mail that the company is expecting a 400 percent increase in work volume in order to meet students’ off-campus needs.


“Taste of Industrial Street,” a fundraiser for the United Way of Denton County, will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.

Cost is $30 for invidividual tickets, $50 for couples and $100 for a table for four (only 10 tables available).

For more information, contact the United Way office at 940-566-5851, ext. 111, or e-mail

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.