When the first ScrubaDub Auto Wash opened in Watertown 50 years ago, the family behind the brand could never have known the future success they would have. Today, the Paisner family has three generations working in the company and 18 locations throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. ScrubaDub’s newest service is their monthly Unlimited Membership Plan, which operates much like a gym membership for your car where you can wash as often as you want at any ScrubaDub for one monthly price. Since opening, ScrubaDub has cleaned more than 40 million vehicles and are poised to wash two million more this year – their biggest year yet.
We caught up recently with Mat Paisner to find out what he loves most about Boston.
Where were you born: Boston, MA
How long in Boston: Cumulative 23 years. I moved to New York for eight years and then came back to Boston.
Neighborhood: Live in the Fenway (West Fens) now on Peterborough Street but grew up in Newton, MA.
Occupation: Director of Business Development, ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers, New England
Favorite Restaurant: Love Trattoria Di Monica in the North end on Prince Street as the food is incredible and the small cozy candle lit ambiance (only about 10 tables) is awesome for date night. Also really enjoy Citizen Public House in Fenway for their vast bourbon selection and gourmet eats.
Best Sushi: Genki Ya in Brookline for organic sushi and you have the option of brown rice
Best Italian: I mentioned Trattoria Di Monica above and for more casual Italian I enjoy Carlos Cucina in Allston.
Best dessert: Love the half-moon cookies from Blacker’s Bakeshop in Newton.
Best place for a romantic date: Sorellina
Best Sunday brunch: I really enjoy sitting outside Tatte Bakery & Café in Brookline but also love the bloody Mary bar at Stephanie’s on Newbury.
Best place for a power business meeting: Smith & Wollensky in the Back Bay Boston Castle provides a power-dining setting.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? During warm weather, the new Envoy Hotel in the Seaport has a great roof deck and access to the waterfront scene.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Newbury & Boylston Streets
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Long’s Jewelers. It’s a family business like ScrubaDub and the owners provide a higher level of customer service than anywhere else.
Best Spa: I don’t frequent spas often but on my honeymoon my wife and I really enjoyed The Bosphorus Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul.
Favorite Charity Event: I don’t have a favorite but some of the nonprofits I work with include: Big Brother/Big Sister, Community Servings, MassChallenge and CJP (Combined Jewish Philanthropies).
Favorite Cultural Event: Depends how you define cultural? I enjoy the Boston Marathon and South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Favorite Cultural Institution: Fenway Park
Best Steakhouse: I like them all but some of my favorites are Del Friscos Seaport, Mooo, and The Bancroft in Burlington.
Best Pizza: So many to choose from: Both Vezzo Thin Crust and Artichoke Pizza in NYC are my favorite but down the Cape, Spiritus Pizza in Provincetown is awesome and locally I enjoy Otto, Picco and Santarpio’s
Best Lunch: New spot in Kendall Square called Mamaleh’s Delicatessen is great and so is Zaftigs. Parish Café.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: I belong to Commonwealth Sports Club in Allston which has an indoor pool as I like to swim but I also enjoy Orange Theory Fitness.
Best Massage: I can’t remember the last time I got a massage……
Best Limousine/Driving Service: All Luxury Worldwide out of Chelsea owned by Mike Feldman
Best Museum/Exhibit: I asked my wife to marry me in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in their first floor indoor court yard housed within 15th-century Venetian-style palace.
Describe Boston in three words: Tradition, Innovation, Historic
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Fenway Park VIP tour of baseball history and memorabilia.
All-around favorite spot in Boston: Boston Common Public Gardens in the summer when there is live music, Swan Boats, and lots of wedding photos and proposals.
Best Aspect of Boston: Boston STRONG, the community, and the melting pot of incredible academic institutions, businesses, sports, and history.