A Celebration of Community — KarPark Car Wash & Bar


Thursday, May 09, 2019

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KarPark Bar located at 12 Belmont Road, Kingston, owned and operated by Nadine Parkes and Karen Darby, was our next stop. Theirs is a great story of female entrepreneurship. Fun fact: Darby is the owner of The Haven @ Hillcrest, a popular bar and grill which has been in operation for the past two years.

Parkes was employed to the Jamaica Biscuit Company for 15 years, 10 of which were in the capacity of area manager. A voluntary redundancy was offered throughout the department, which she accepted.

Both were invited by friends to 12 Belmont Road. Darby immediately felt that the bar had so much more potential. A few months later, Parkes was reading the newspaper and saw a car wash and bar up for rental in New Kingston. She mentioned it to Darby. Coincidentally, it was the same place.

“Neither one of us had any prior experience in the car wash industry,” shared Parkes. “Karen, however, had the experience in the bar industry... We decided to forge ahead in a partnership and took on the challenge.” The name of the business is an interesting play on Karen's first name and Nadine's surname.

A year later (the business turned one year old in April), there is a loyal customer base, including family and friends who have been very supportive, and good food courtesy of Touzy's Pot.

KarPark's cosy environment is welcoming to all who have visited and, according to the owners, “what makes KarPark special is that we have a Cheers theme going on, where 'everybody knows your name'. Our customers enjoy talking to our bartenders, who are very engaging. Our staff really make it a duty to know the customers' drink orders”. It's no idle boast! The easy camaraderie is palpable, the bar menu options are perfect. And the prices will keep you coming back.

KarPark Car Wash & Bar

12 Belmont Road, Kingston 5

Opening hours:

Monday - Saturday, 10:00am to Midnight.

Instagram: @karparkcarwashandbar or Facebook: KarPark Car Wash & Bar.

Telephone: 876-868-0565/876-668-7050

Touzy's Pot

12 Belmont Road

Kingston 5

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday

12:00 noon – midnight

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