Brian and Donna Harrington had been going to their local car wash along Randall Road in Elgin for five years as customers.
They enjoyed it so much that when they found out it was for sale, they negotiated a deal to buy it.
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In July, they opened EZ Breezee Car Wash and Detail Center, formerly known as Landmark, as their own.
Since then, they've made many changes to the business at 145 S. Randall Road, adding their own touches.
Harrington said he had the option of turning the car wash into an automatic, but decided against it. Instead, he said, he chose to add even more personal service to the business.
Each person that visits is met by a greeter and then exits their car and waits inside of EZ Breezee's store and customer center for their wash to be done.
The business offers everything from a basic car wash to an elite. Whichever you choose, he said, you will get hand toweling afterward. They also offer full detailing inside and out of your vehicle.
"I really enjoyed getting my car full serviced all the time versus just going into a gas station car wash," Brian Harrington said. "I decided to keep the 18 employees and expand the business and concentrate on detailing."
Whichever car wash service you choose, he said, you will get friendly service.
Inside, there is a store, a seated waiting area, a kids area, a flat screen TV and more. You also can watch your car go through the wash process through a giant window.
Harrington said he and his wife spent about $60,000 in full remodeling, employee training and newer equipment, as well as new top-of-the-line chemicals.
And since then, they've been putting all of their efforts into making the business a place that people want to patronize.
They live about 1.5 miles away, so they are able to give it their full attention, he said.
"We love it," he said. "My wife and I really enjoy stocking the store, listening to what people are looking for. It's really nice to do a meet and greet and have a friendly environment for our customers."
Save your receipts: If you shop at Geneva Commons along Randall Road, you might want to save your receipts.
If you bring in $100 or more worth of receipts from any Geneva Commons store or restaurant dated Nov. 19 or later, you can get a free gift.
If you bring your receipts to Annabella Salon and Day Spa, you can receive a travel size rosemary mint shampoo and conditioner, along with a bonus coupon for $20 off a service of $60 or more.
Or, if you head to Crate and Barrel, you can get a 21-inch holiday bear.
The gifts are available while supplies last.
• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 894-5036.