Stow engineer turns auto detailing passion into secondary income

As a center-schooler, Von Jones loved cleansing and detailing his father’s black 2008 BMW X5. 



a man sitting in a car: Von Jones, 25, of Stow, the owner of Mobile Foamzone & Detailing, works on a customer's vehicle at their home Saturday in Cuyahoga Falls.


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Von Jones, 25, of Stow, the proprietor of Cell Foamzone & Detailing, operates on a customer’s car or truck at their household Saturday in Cuyahoga Falls.

“He often preferred to continue to keep that detail clean and wash it perhaps three occasions a week,” Jones said. “It was form of obsessive, but when you have a nice car or truck, you want to hold it looking wonderful for as prolonged as attainable.” 

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Extra than a 10 years later on, Jones has utilized that philosophy to his first organization undertaking, Mobile Foamzone & Detailing, a cell interior and exterior car or truck cleansing service that will travel to Akron, Cleveland and the bordering communities. 

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Jones, now 25, of Stow, is a graduate of Beachwood High School and Kent Point out College, wherever he studied applied engineering and mechanical technology. 

Soon after graduating in 2018, he began doing work as an engineer, but was also operating at TJ Maxx for supplemental money. 

“It wasn’t adding up to how considerably I was working and how considerably I was using home,” the former significant university wrestler said. “I saw men and women detailing and it appeared like straightforward income. I favored to to do it anyways, so I thought I could as very well do it myself.”

Jones launched the business in August 2019 and commenced by cleansing automobiles for spouse and children associates. As he did, he uncovered extra and far more about detailing, like how to cleanse upholstery and how to clear away pet hair, stains and gum. He also acquired how to use precise instruments to take out lost merchandise from the little cracks among seats and armrests. 



a man sitting on a table: Von Jones, 25, of Stow, the owner of Mobile Foamzone & Detailing, works on a customer’s vehicle at their home Saturday in Cuyahoga Falls.


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Von Jones, 25, of Stow, the owner of Cellular Foamzone & Detailing, functions on a customer’s motor vehicle at their residence Saturday in Cuyahoga Falls.

The enterprise started out developing by referral, but attained traction in March 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting up. 

“It really helped because everyone’s at home,” Jones said. “So though you’re sitting at house, I am going to detail your automobile. Will not fret about me, get treatment of your kids, do your things.

“I did a shopper suitable prior to it begun snowing. She’s a babysitter and has 8 to 10 youngsters in the residence. I was like, ‘Yeah, really don’t be concerned about me, I will get your motor vehicle taken care of,’ ” he said. 

But COVID-19 did present its troubles. Jones now sanitizes vehicles ahead of and after cleansing them, wears masks and gloves whilst cleaning and from time to time has to enter client’s homes. 

“I normally have to make certain they’re not demonstrating symptoms so I am not having anything at all with me to other clientele. I failed to get unwell then, so I am blessed,” he said. 

Jones’ get the job done tends to be extra seasonal, but he has ongoing to depth automobiles all through the winter and explained that in some cases he lucks out with a heated garage. 

“Starting off a small business is challenging since you have concerns, but you never have a lot of people today to ask,” he claimed. “I you should not know a lot of people that have their have company or a detailing organization. Most detailing businesses are stores, so it can be a little bit diverse when you’re cell.”



a person holding a piece of luggage sitting on top of a car: Von Jones, 25, of Stow, the owner of Mobile Foamzone & Detailing, with some of the tools of his detailing business before he works on a customer's vehicle at their home Saturday in Cuyahoga Falls.


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Von Jones, 25, of Stow, the proprietor of Mobile Foamzone & Detailing, with some of the instruments of his detailing business just before he is effective on a customer’s auto at their residence Saturday in Cuyahoga Falls.

At this time, Jones is the only individual in his business, whilst his fiancee Paige Kinney often aids. 

Detailing deals commence at $25, and Jones is inclined to vacation up to 1 hour. Consumers must supply h2o and electrical. 

Reporter Krista S. Kano can be attained at 330-541-9416, [email protected] or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ. 

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During the month of February, the Beacon Journal is profiling Black-owned companies in Summit County. Examine far more of these profiles at https://bit.ly/3jb0h1e. The Beacon Journal will continue to highlight minority-owned firms as portion of its ongoing standard coverage.

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