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June 16, 2013

A Don McCormack column: Blashinsky very much in the game

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Business side

Blashinsky, a 1986 Jefferson graduate, and his wife, Stacy (Thomas), have many interests in terms of their livelihood.

The couple, which also has a younger daughter, 12-year-old Abbey, who will be a seventh grader at Braden Junior High to go along with Sam, a sophomore-to-be at Edgewood, own several car-wash businesses in Northeast Ohio.

Included among them is Lantern Beverage and Car Wash, located at 122 N. Chestnut St. in Jefferson. Construction equipment has been spotted at the location the past several weeks.

“We’re expanding,” Blashinsky said. “We added more parking along the south side of the building and we enlarged it.”

And for good reason.

“We’ve added more room inside because we are bringing in a Tommy’s Jerky Outlet inside the store,” he said. “We’re basically renovating the inside of the store.”

The Blashinskys own eight car-wash businesses in Northeast Ohio, including one in Ashtabula.

“We own the Outback Auto Wash (located at 2116 E. Prospect), then go as far south to Boardman and west to Painesville,” he said.

And Stacy comes from the Thomas family of Thomas Fence Co. Inc. fame.

“That’s (Stacy’s siblings) deal,” Dave said with a laugh.

Moving forward

Blashinsky wanted to make sure the wrong impression isn’t given about the Outlaws Silver.

“One of the things I’m learning is that our girls in our area as just as good as those anywhere,” he said. “The more players I see from around the country, the more it makes me think, ‘our girls are just as talented as they are anywhere.’

“This really is a huge network out here, and for us to be able to get our foot in the door, it can only help our girls. It can maybe help them to go places perhaps they would not have the opportunity to, otherwise.”

Such as Sunnyvale, Calif. for the USA-ASA Nationals from July 28-Aug. 4, though it takes a huge commitment in terms of time and funding.

“No question about it, it’s not easy,” he said. “But in the end, I believe it’s all worth it.”

And that makes it a wash.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at donmac@suite224.net.

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