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New owner of Jet Wash Auto Spa proud to win gold

AUTO EXCELLENCE - Jet Wash Auto Spa owner Mingma Sherpa, along with his staff Andy MacDonald, Justin St. Onge and Vladimir Abanilla, are proud to receive the Gold award for Best Car Wash in this year's Best of Airdrie contest. Sherpa purchased the business in March and is proud to be a part of the Airdrie community.
Curtesy of NINA GROSSMAN/Rocky View Publishing

Jet Wash Auto Spa’s new owner and operator Mingma Sherpa is thrilled readers selected his business as the gold recipient for Best Car Wash in the annual Best of Airdrie awards. “It was really surprising,” he said. “I am very, very appreciative of the people who voted for me.”
Sherpa, a father of four, spent fifteen years working at a high-end car dealership in Calgary before purchasing the 24-hour car and dog wash in March.
“I knew this was a good place, a good location and community,” Sherpa said “It had good potential for my business.”
Sherpa said running his own business has been a life-long dream. “I am so thankful and so proud I am able to own a business,” he said. “Every day when I come to work and I walk into this building, I can’t believe how lucky I am.”
Born and raised in Solukhumbu, Nepal, Sherpa used to live only a day’s walk from Mount Everest. He worked and trained as a guide and mountaineer, eventually summiting Everest in 2000 with the Canadian Everest Expedition before moving to Alberta the following year. Once in Alberta, Sherpa was in a couple of television “commercials, as well as movie about Mount Everest.
Although he’s proud of the summit, Sherpa said climbing Everest was nowhere near as big an achievement as finally owning and operating his own business.
“I was happy and proud but being a business owner in Canada is amazing,” he said. “I can make regular, hard-working, community people happy.”
Jet Wash Auto Spa, located at 108 1st Street N.W., provides a variety of services including car and dog washing, paint protection, window tinting, rock chip repair and auto detailing. Sherpa also rents out U-Hauls. He has two U-Haul vans and two 26-foot trucks.
He said customer service is important to the success of his business. “It doesn’t matter if you are spending $600 or just coming in for a $2 car-wash, making the customer happy and making sure they get what they need and want is extremely important,” Sherpa said. “We truly respect and care for our customers, that’s really important to us.”
Community support has been invaluable to Sherpa. He said local citizens helped him out following a vandalism incident this year.
“They came to help me. A lot of people expressed sympathy to me and I really want to thank the people who have that kind of heart,” he said.
Sherpa has been busy since taking over the auto spa, but said he hopes to increase the business’s community involvement in the future, adding he is open to partnerships and promotions with local non-profit organizations.
“I like to do anything that helps a good cause in the community,” he said.
Sherpa said he owes a' great deal of his success to support from family and friends, both in Nepal and Alberta.
“This is beyond my dreams, owning this business,” he said. “I am so happy that we got this award and we will continue providing the best service we can.”
Even though his Mount Everest trek was sixteen years ago, it appears Sherpa is still on top of the world, right here in Airdrie.

Curtesy of NINA GROSSMAN/Rocky View Publishing

About Us:
Jet Wash Auto Spa is an independently owned and operated Self Serve car and dog wash with a full serve detail center. Featuring a barn style heated facility that is available to its customers 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The car wash is located in the heart of Airdrie, Alberta boasting 6500 sqft with five large wash bays. Both the entrance and exit doors are 11.5 feet tall by 12 feet wide which can accommodate everything from the smallest car to the largest truck. Jet Wash Auto Spa offers only the best quality soaps and waxes for your vehicle. All of the products that are used here at Jet Wash Auto Spa are biodegradable, safe for the environment and locally manufactured.
The business's foundation is built on quality & community involvement. We know that to properly clean a vehicle takes time and precision. Jet Wash Auto Spa has the highest dollar-to-minute ratio service. To maximize your washing efficiency, the hot water and pressure settings are set at a high 1400 psi to ensure your soap is removed quickly and effectively. You'll wash your vehicle with premium quality soap and water because it is maintained by a soft water system, which enhances its effectiveness. Jet Wash Auto Spa also features a true reverse osmosis spot free rinse, which uses mineral-free water to prevent water spots. If you want to go that extra mile, there are detailers on site seven days a week. OFFERING A FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE or PICKUP & DROP OFF OF VEHICLE WITHIN AIRDRIE CITY LIMITS.
Jet Wash isn’t just a business in the community of Airdrie – it is a fixture of the community. We understand the importance of community involvement and want to do everything we can to make the city we are a part of the best it can be. Jet Wash is a member of the Airdrie Chambers and supports many different charity functions and community based organizations with donations.
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