A positive spin on rain guarantees

Published 8:03 am Friday, September 7, 2012

Blue Rain carwash employee Lisa Williams joins other Blue Rain employees in cleaning the business on rainy days. (Contributed)

By CONNIE NOLEN / Community Columnist 

My husband believes in rain guarantees. When scorching summer sun threatens our grass, he’ll say, “The grass is dying. I’m going to wash the cars.”

After almost a quarter-century of marriage to this man, I don’t have to ask for an explanation of this odd parallel. He believes that if you wash your car, it’s sure to rain soon.

At Blue Rain Express Car Wash in Pelham, they have a more optimistic rain guarantee. “If you wash your car and it rains in the next 24 hours, we guarantee another car wash at no charge,” said Blue Rain Lisa Williams. “All you have to do is save your receipt-and wait until it stops raining.”

Pelham businessman Neil Bailey told me about Blue Rain before the business opened. His brother and nephew, Warren and Brad Bailey, were in on this new venture. Since Bailey is one of Pelham’s most established businessmen, his excitement about the venture fueled my own. I also loved the bright colors and cool logo that popped up as Blue Rain got ready to open last summer.

The only days that aren’t busy at this new Pelham carwash are rainy days.

Assistant Manager Tim Sizemore revealed what happens at Blue Rain on a rainy day. “Cleaning. We take advantage of the downtime and deep clean,” Sizemore said. “Blue Rain really appeals to people. Our web page has all the information they need.”

“This is a cool place. When I passed the carwash and loved its look, I went home and found the website,” Williams said. “I filled out an application online. Soon, I was working here. This is a great place to work.”

Early bird specials, senior citizen discounts and military discounts-along with the Blue Rain Birthday Club-qualify almost everyone for a bargain.

For an insider’s look at the first Blue Rain carwash, check out the company’s Youtube video. Picky carwash connoisseurs will appreciate the details-and everyone will enjoy the very appropriate music.

With Blue Rain Express in Pelham, washing cars is more fun-and rain guarantees are positives.


Connie Nolen can be reached by email at CNolen@Shelbyed.k12.al.us.