Travis Morse | Register-News

Here’s a combination we’ve never heard. A car wash in Mt. Vernon, Illinois is looking to add a greenhouse when it launches at the end of the month. Car Connections will look to employ those with disabilities who can learn work skills while operating the greenhouse seasonally and the car wash year round.

The Mt. Vernon Register-News reports that the car wash will work in conjunction with Comprehensive Connections, a group that provides work for adults with disabilities. Currently, the agency offers most of its work opportunities in house. The new car wash and greenhouse will provide an option for the adults in the program to work offsite and learn other skills.

“This is to provide more work for the clients that come to our agency,” said Charlie Miller, the Car Connections supervisor. “It gives them exposure to the community and to learn how to work out in the community instead of just in a structured workshop environment.”

The car wash will offer services beginning at $10 for a wash. For a vacuum and tire cleaning, you’ll pay $15. And if you’re looking for the full-service detailing job, you’ll spend $70.

For now, the greenhouse will carry a variety of potted plants. In season, they’re considering selling pumpkins. Look for Christmas trees around December, too.

We’ve heard a number of interesting side businesses when it comes to car washes including dog washing stations and full sushi restaurants. What other combinations have you seen?