Von Jones, 25
Owner of Mobile Foamzone & Detailing
Von Jones knows how to make a clean start. After graduating from Kent State University with a degree in mechanical technology, he moved from Cuyahoga Falls to Stow in 2018 with his now-fiancee. Jones was drawn to the tightknit, yet quieter community. After realizing there weren’t any mobile car detailing services in the area, he decided to start his own.
“My dad and I would clean, buff and wax his car before spring,” Jones says. “There are several things you should do before waxing your vehicle that I didn’t learn until I started my business.” Now, Jones is the only Black-owned car detailing business in the Stow area, and he’s felt nothing but support since he arrived.
Jones attributes his thriving business to the strong network of connections that run through the Stow community. Whether it’s a local landscaper passing his name to a fellow customer or a neighbor mentioning his business to someone at work, Jones has learned that the best way to get his business moving is through word-of-mouth.
When he’s not working, Jones enjoys a calm walk around the block with his dog and the proximity to nature right in his backyard. “It’s good to know your community and try to meet everyone,” he says. “You can meet one person, they know 10 or 15 people. They’ll get your business out there and your good name if you do good work. It’ll just travel by itself.”