Birch Bay auto detailers service north Whatcom County


It’s all in the details for a young Birch Bay couple who started an auto detailing business that cleans cars from north Whatcom County driveways.

Isabela Visser, 25, and Trevor Visser, 26, opened Peas in a Pod Mobile Detailing after seeing a need for a local auto detailer to service Blaine area.

“The big thing was bringing something to Blaine that was accessible,” Isabela said. “We wanted to go to people’s driveways and give them an experience they’d enjoy.”

The pair graduated from Blaine High School and worked as production operators at Nature’s Path Foods, where they learned to quickly clean production equipment. Although they started Peas in a Pod last year, it was only in mid-March that they quit their factory jobs to focus on detailing cars full time, Isabela said.

The Vissers’ interest in detailing sprung from purchasing their first new car, a Subaru Impreza hatchback, in 2018. Isabela said they wanted to keep their car nice and began learning how to detail through YouTube videos. Before long, the two had acquired equipment and were offering their services to friends and family. 

Isabela and Trevor noticed a lack of detail shops in Blaine, requiring north Whatcom County residents to drive to Bellingham, where the packages can be confusing, she said. The two use social media to show how they detail and to increase the accessibility of detailing. 

“Our model is we put love in every detail,” Isabela said. “We love doing it and making it a lot simpler. We’re mobile, too.” 

Peas in a Pod is servicing Birch Bay, Blaine, Ferndale and Lynden, though Isabela said she would like to eventually focus their work in the Birch Bay and Blaine area. The couple, which has serviced about 100 cars since starting, gives every customer the same experience while tailoring the detail work to each car’s needs, she said.

Isabela said it’s rewarding for her to help people, especially busy mothers, by giving them a clean car.

Prices vary on the type of vehicle and whether the customer wants a full, interior or exterior detail, according to the Peas in a Pod website. A full detail ranges from $225 for a sedan to $325 for mini and cargo vans. Interior details run $150-$225 and exteriors run $125-$200. Excessively dirty vehicles will be charged a higher rate, according to the couple.

The company also offers polishing, coating, shampoo carpet services and maintenance cleaning.

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