Los Olivos Hand Car Wash has been on the northwest corner of Third Street and McDowell Road since the mid-1950s. For the past three decades, it has defied the trend of replacing people with machines and remained a completely hand wash and dry facility.
Owner Coletta Spurling started as a part-time worker at the car wash in 1989. She worked her way up and in 2002, she purchased the business and the land and has enjoyed tremendous success. But then things started to change.
“It’s been tough the last couple of years being a small business owner,” she said. “The $3 and $5 car washes have really hurt me. And then when in January the minimum wage went to $10 an hour, that was a big hit.”