Family business keeps cars clean
Infinity Car Wash owner Michael Balboni soaps up a car on Wednesday, in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
He and his wife, Allison, recently became the owners of what has been renamed Infinity Carwash, at 763 Second St. Automatic car washes are the family business. Balboni said his grandfather opened the first automatic car wash in Massachusetts.
At about age 7, Balboni was washing towels and vacuuming cars. His grandfather even had him work with him, timing the cars, to see how quickly the cars moved through, he said.
Balboni never really considered any other career, and after high school and began working full time in the car wash business. He's been in it now for 33 years.
He's back now with Infinity Car Wash and expects his children will join the family business when they are older. Just like his grandfather did with him, he's starting them early, having them wash towels and vacuum cars. It's a full-time job for him and his wife, but he's cutting the kids some slack for now: They are 6 and 7.
Balboni doesn't plan to start a chain of car washes. "Usually one is enough," he said. It's very hands on and time consuming to ensure everything is done well, he said.
There's a much more personal meaning. Balboni said he and his wife got infinity tattoos on their anniversary, symbolizing never-ending love. Given his feelings about car wash business, Balboni said it seemed like the perfect name for their new car wash.
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