SINGERY, Maine — David Singery works for Singery Car Wash in Boulogene, which he has owned for more than 30 years.
He is in his 20s, with a passion for cars and an ability to turn a profit.
Singery’s car wash is the only business in Bangor that is open 24 hours a day.
“I’ve had to raise the bar every single day to keep it going,” Singery said.
Singery, who was raised in a dairy town in Maine, has lived in the city since high school.
His parents opened a local grocery store, which they purchased about a decade ago.
Singernews is a local brand that has a loyal following, but Singery was determined to make the business a success.
“I was in a slump,” he said.
“I was down at the bottom of my income, and I couldn’t find a job.”
Singeries biggest challenge is finding a steady source of cash.
Since Singery is a lone employee, he has to make do with donations from friends and family.
The car wash also receives money from the Maine Tourism Development Authority and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
But the income is never enough.
If he can’t keep up, Singery can’t make ends meet.
In the meantime, he says, the business needs to grow.
There’s been a lot of interest in Singery over the past year, with several car wash owners offering to buy their car wash.
I’m in my 20s now, and this is what I do for a living.
I can’t do this anymore.
It’s really hard.
It really hurts me.
It hurts my family and my friends that I can do this for them, he said, adding that he’s trying to raise $100,000 to keep the business open.
Even though he has made a lot, Singernew still can’t pay its bills.
Singery says he plans to open a second business in the next year or so.
This story has been updated to include additional comments from Singery.