Owners of the Sparkle Car Wash in Flandreau purchased the former Super Wash in Pipestone on Feb. 1.
Bart and Cassandra Sample and Chuck and Melissa Jones learned about this location through a car wash owner in Slayton, a mutual acquaintance.
He knew the owners in Pipestone and contacted them suggesting the Samples and Joneses might be interested in purchasing the only full automatic wash in town.
“We said absolutely,” Bart Sample said.
He said the new location is currently in the upgrade phase so that it will have all the same equipment as the car wash in Flandreau.
They will also have to add 10 feet to the building so that it can accommodate the new equipment upgrades.
The new location will go by the name Sparkle Store 2. Once all upgrades are complete, Sample said they will implement in Pipestone the same fundraising and donation program used in Moody County.
Each month, the owners will donate a percentage of the monthly proceeds to a nonprofit organization in the community.
The program launched in April 2016 and has donated to a group in need every month since. Cassandra Sample manages the Moody County Breadbasket and Bart Sample has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations over the years.
That’s why they know that fundraising can be slow going for these organizations, whose only goal is to serve local residents.
This program isn’t limited to traditional non-profits. A one-time fundraiser, such as funding to support a Moody County family going through cancer treatments, can also apply and be chosen to receive the money.
Organizations can fill out a one-page application with the following information: name of the organization/benefit, whether the organization is a registered 501c3 (no need to be), the mission of the organization/benefit, the number of members actively participating and how it would use the funds.
Plus, the Sparkle Car Wash wants to know how each organization or benefit would promote its participation in the car wash benefit, which could bring more cars in to support the cause.
Nonprofit organizations and benefits can apply as many times as they’d like, if a new need arises. Each application will be kept on file for one year. Once an organization is chosen to receive funds, it won’t be eligible again for one year from the fundraising month.
Those who have benefited from the Sparkle Car Wash donation program include the Moody County Boys and Girls Club, the Moody County Historical Society, the Flandreau Indian School Chaplaincy, Liberty's Troops, the Flandreau Park Board, American Cancer Society Moody County Chapter Sole Burners, the Moody County Bread Basket, the Moody County Veterans Center (home of American Legion Post 70 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3351), Shop with a Hero for single parent kids, the Det 1 1742nd Iraq Veterans plaque at the community center, Happy Youngsters 4H community swing set project and currently, the Team of Angels is the nonprofit for March.
A total of $6167.82 has been returned to Moody County nonprofits through the Sparkle program since last April.
In August, a new vending machine was added offering 20 different car care products and 15 different snacks and drinks.
Some upgrades made to the Flandreau location include the Sparkle wash prepaid card, computer and credit card updates for stronger security and LED lighting, amongst other things.
Sample said the transition to Pipestone has been easier, as the residents are familiar with the owners, their business model and equipment.
“Pipestone has really welcomed us with open arms and it’s been a real pleasure going over there,” Sample said. “They like what we do over here and want to support our business there.”
He said they definitely plan to expand the business even further and are open to new locations within a reasonable drive, if the opportunities present themselves.