With temperatures continuing to dip below freezing, dog owners may find Clean Spot Car & Dog Wash a pleasant alternative to washing their dogs outdoors.
Located across from the Marketplace of Canterbury at 5768 St. Joe Road, Clean Spot opened Nov. 18 to offer drivers a one-stop option for washing their dogs along with their cars.
Clean Spot is the first self-serve dog- and car-wash facility in Fort Wayne.
Each of its seven self-serve car-wash bays features various cleaning products, natural bristle foam brushes, high-pressure hot water, high-power vacuums and vending for cleaning accessories.
The cost for washing dogs typically ranges from $10 to $20. Prices may go up to $30 with a combined dog and car wash.
First-time business owners Brenda and Alan Stephens bought the location last spring and updated the pre-existing Canterbury Car Wash to include a heated indoor bay where dogs can walk onto the wash station as their owners clean them.
Along with elevated basins, the dog wash bay includes flexible hoses, pet shampoos and conditioners, skunk odor remover, and cash or credit card operation daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“After some research, we saw people doing car and dog washes in other areas. We didn't know of one in Fort Wayne…and felt this was a good location with so much traffic,” said Brenda Stephens, 49, who graduated from Purdue University with a degree in nursing.
The couple owns their own dog, Lilly, and knows the difficulty of cleaning their pet, especially a large one, in winter. Brenda Stephens said, “It's difficult to get a big dog in a tub and right now it's too cold to wash in a backyard…and when they shake there's a gigantic mess.”
Feeling she and her husband have a good start to their operation, Brenda Stephens said she and her husband hope to expand to include a second dog washing station and vending machines with more dog cleaning supplies.