WASHINGTON-WILKES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The mission of the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce is
to advance local business and promote the economic well-being of the community
through tourism, events, education, and collaboration with elected leadership.
CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
The Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce is proud to spotlight Chamber Member Jarekus (Mario) Bowman and A1 Carpet Cleaning & Flooring. After working in a warehouse and for a local electrician, he felt that God’s plan was for him to start a business where he could work for himself and be of service to the community. He started a business analysis to assess the needs here in Wilkes County. One day he saw an advertisement for carpet cleaning and felt that he had been led to it for a purpose. Starting with little knowledge and a $500 machine he began to learn and grow, starting to acquire more clients along the way. When the pandemic came along, he was laid off from his warehouse job and with three children at home, he had no choice but to throw everything he had into building his company.
Since then, he has acquired more equipment and has contracted with businesses such as F&M Bank, The Mary Willis Library, City Hall, and recently the Court House in Taliaferro County. He feels like Washington is the perfect location in that he can service Athens, Augusta, Greensboro, and more from right here.
In addition to carpet cleaning, he also cleans tile, and hardwood including sanding and applying polyurethane. He also has several Convenience Stores he services on a regular basis and is looking to expand his commercial maintenance side of the business. He continues to buy up equipment and hopes to have two or three more vans working for him in the future.
A1 Carpet Cleaning & Flooring is fully licensed, bonded, and insured and looks forward to providing service to your home or business. His motto is: “The Clean you can Count on” and you can rest assured that is also his commitment to you. Check out his 5-star ratings on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Home Advisor, and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can reach him at (706) 401-1778
Washington Georgia is your next destination!
One of the “The Prettiest Small Towns in Georgia” according to Southern Living magazine. One visit is not enough to discover our rich history, architectural styles, outdoor activities, and so much more.
Wilkes County, the first county in Georgia formed under the Georgia Constitution of 1777, was named for British Parliamentarian and American Independence supporter John Wilkes. Washington, incorporated in 1780, was named for General George Washington, even though he never visited the town.
We also played a valuable role in our nation's history on February 14, 1779, when the Revolutionary battle of Kettle Creek was fought here in Wilkes County. Today, you can breathe in the fresh air while hiking the marked trails at this sacred, historic Kettle Creek Battlefield.
While no American Civil War battles were fought in Washington, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, met with his Cabinet for the last time at the Georgia Branch Bank Building, then known as the Heard House. This same location was also the last place the infamous Confederate gold was tracked...but never found.
Outdoor activities include hiking, camping, kayaking on the Little River Water Trail, hunting, or biking down scenic tree-lined streets surrounded by history, just to name a few.
In and around our historic downtown, you’ll find museums, boutique shops, and delicious dining choices. Should you want to stay longer, consider The Fitzpatrick Hotel, constructed in 1898, beautifully restored, and sits regally on the Courthouse Square.
Washington-Wilkes is perfect for a day trip, a weekend vacation, or an extended getaway. We are easily found 45 miles East of Athens and 45 miles West of Augusta.
We look forward to seeing you soon!