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The truth about the origins of scratches and swirls

January 28, 2021

Contrary to popular customer belief, car washes do...

Industry News

State stops car washes from reopening

May 07, 2020

WASHINGTON — Some car washes across the state...


LISTEN: John Carlson Show, May 7--8am hour

May 07, 2020

8am hour -- GUEST: Brown Bear Car Wash vice...


Car wash businesses cannot open yet in Washington

May 06, 2020

Brown Bear had hoped to open May 7 but...


Local businesses preparing for state's phase 1 re-opening this week

May 04, 2020

Brown Bear Car Washes will re-open Thursday for the...


Brown Bear Car Wash drive-thru forced to remain closed

April 30, 2020

Brown Bear Car Wash is currently shut down due...


Some ‘nonessential’ businesses pleading to reopen

April 28, 2020

Businesses the governor deemed "nonessential" are pleading to reopen....


Brown Bear closes due to COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Dear Valued Customers, due to the Proclamation issued by...

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Cheney Free Press: Brown Bear upgrades will speed car wash experience

August 25, 2016

"With the way Cheney is growing and the activity...


Brown Bear Car Wash raises money to fight cancer

July 14, 2016

SEATTLE — Brown Bear Car Wash recently donated $10,581...

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Brown Bear Car Wash opens 44th location

July 07, 2016

SEATTLE — Brown Bear Car Wash has opened a...

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PSBJ: Brown Bear provides a greener way to raise money

May 20, 2016

Growing up in Alaska, Victor Odermat gained an...


PSBJ: Corporate Philanthropy: Just good business

May 20, 2016

The Top 25 medium-sized companies, which have revenue...


PSBJ: Brown Bear named Corporate Champions

May 18, 2012

Car Wash Enterprises, Inc. (CWE) dba Brown Bear Car...


Brown Bear Car Wash: Clean and Green

December 21, 2011

By focusing on environmental safety, customer service, and four-star...


Color Brown Bear Green

December 01, 2011

Concern for the Environment Pays Off
Brown Bear Car Wash being...

Industry News

PSBJ: Puget Sound area 'Green' causes snag 8% of giving

May 20, 2011

Brown Bear founder Victor Odermat and members of his...


PSBJ: For Brown Bear, backing green is good for business

June 15, 2008

Brown Bear may be one of Washington's most venerable...


The Summit At Snoqualmie and Brown Bear Car Wash Align on Eco-Mindedness

November 13, 2007

SNOQUALAMIE PASS, Washington  — The Summit at Snoqualmie has...

Press Release

Seattle Weekly: Best Father-Son One-Two Punch

July 31, 2007

Vic Odermat remembers driving through Alexandria, Virginia, in the...


Brown Bear founder inducted into Hall of Fame

March 28, 2007

Brown Bear Car Wash owner Vic Odermat was inducted...


Seattle Times: Management style at Brown Bear Car Wash featured in Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine

March 13, 2005

SEATTLE, Washington— Vic Odermat, founder of Seattle-based Brown Bear...


Brown Bear Car Wash founder honored with international “Industry Leadership Award”

April 30, 2004

SEATTLE, Washington— Vic Odermat, owner of Puget Sound-area based...


Seattle Times: Founder of Brown Bear Car Washes buys back chain, will polish it up

November 13, 2003

If the employees' white shirts and ties seem quaintly...


Seattle PI: Brown Bear family is back in the car-wash business

November 12, 2003

The Seattle-based founders of Brown Bear Car Washes have...