Sep 14, 2015
B&A Power Washing, CAPITAL, Capital Home Show, Chantilly, DC, DC Metro, DULLES EXPO CENTER, FOOD DUDE, Maryland, VA, VIRGINIA, Washington No comments
Brandon Frye, a Capital Home Show exhibitor, leads an interesting double life. He has operated B&A Power Washing, a family owned company based in Fairfax, VA, for more than 20 years. Specializing in pressure washing decks, fences, siding, brick and concrete, B&A Power Washing also offers roof and gutter cleaning. Brandon says B&A Power Washing has serviced more than 35,000 customers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.
His “other” life is as DC Metro Food Dude. His Facebook page started him on the road to creating restaurant events, a TV series, and working with dozens of area restaurants creating deals for Food Dude followers.
Before you see Brandon at the Capital Home Show, Sept 25-27, 2015, we chatted with him about his company and role as the Food Dude. Check out our brief interview with him below and get ready to see him at the show!
Are you on social media?
B&A Power Washing
DC Metro Food Dude
What was your first job?
"My first job was buying baseball hat and Oakley sunglasses wholesale and reselling them out of the trunk of my car to my friends in high school."
When did you start your company? And where?
"B&A Power Washing was started in 1994 in Alexandria, VA. My brother-in-law was power washing decks part time and showed me how to do the work. Once I saw how amazing the decks came out I knew that power washing was going to become a sought after service for homeowners. At the time I started there were only like three other power washing companies in the DC Metro."
What are some of the most unique/unusual power washing jobs you've done?
"We have done work for the Smithsonian, FBI, Hewlett Packard, and many other large companies. One of the most unique jobs we ever did was the Water Fall at the Clearwater Library in Clearwater, FL. We were actually inside a waterfall washing green moss of the rocks. We were soaked and dirty! We also recently washed the 150-ft water tower on the campus of George Mason University. That was scary!!"
Describe your power washing business.
"B&A Power Washing has been in business for over 20 years, and has serviced over 35,000 customers. We are DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland's #1 choice for all your power washing needs. We specialize in pressure washing decks, fences, siding, brick, concrete, and more. In addition to the area's finest pressure washing, we also offer roof and gutter cleaning. At B&A, all of our services are designed to maximize your home's appearance and value. We offer unparalleled service using the highest quality equipment, cleaners, and sealants. We have experienced and friendly staff on hand year round to help you protect your investments. Our promise is a courteous and professional experience from booking to completion. Most importantly, we are offering this at an affordable price for all of our valued clients."
When and why did you start DC Metro Food Dude?
"I started the Food Dude page in June of 2013 out of a lifetime obsession with food. Growing up, my family owned Cow Palace, which was a popular country music restaurant on Route 1 in Alexandria that also had some pretty good food. I was there every day eating fried chicken, burgers, etc. and that has never stopped! As I got older and continued to go out to eat 5-6 nights a week, my passion for food continued to grow. I always knew I wanted to be involved in the food biz, but didn't want to be a chef, and the desire to open a restaurant was never really there. It wasn't until I saw the first episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives that I realized what I wanted to do - have a show on the Food Network. That is my ultimate goal with the Food Dude page, which is now in DC, Philly, Charlotte, and Naples Florida."
What famous figure inspires you?
"My inspiration in the food biz is definitely Guy Fieri. He is very personable and he's fun to watch on TV. That is who I'm trying to model when I create my food shows. It was a real honor to get to meet him at last year's DC Metro Cooking Show."
What is the most challenging part of your job?
"The most challenging part of my job is trying to find a balance in running my three companies - I also own Cali Dreaming Tanning in South Riding, VA. This is and will always be a challenge!!"
With all of that going on, please tell us: what is your favorite organizational tip?
"The only thing that keeps me organized is my iPhone Notepad. I use it constantly and before the iPhone I had notes all over the place and was always losing stuff. Having them all in one place is a huge help."
What's the funniest thing that's happened to you as DC Metro Food Dude?
"I think the funniest thing that has happened to me since starting the Food Dude is the filming of my first show. I was REALLY bad in it, and I now use it as inspiration. Every time that I film now and I feel I didn't do a good job, I go home and watch that first episode. After watching that episode I always feel much better because I've come a LONG way!!"
The Capital Home Show takes over the Dulles Expo Center September 24-27, 2015. Don't miss your chance to see your favorite home and garden celebrities, talk to home improvement experts, chat with interior designers, get advice from landscaping professionals, and more.
Haven't bought your tickets yet? Right now you can get 2-for-1 via our Facebook ticket deals. Treat a friend or family member to the show - we can't wait to see you there!
DULLES EXPO CENTER
SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2015.
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