Northeast 16th Avenue Detailing, Window Tinting

Owner Willie Yarber is providing jobs and keeping cars clean

Willie Yarber, owner of Northeast 16th Avenue Detailing and Window Tinting, cleans the inside of a windshield at his business. Yarber has more than 30 years experience in the car detailing business.

MATT STAMEY/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.

Besides providing quality car cleaning and window tinting services, Willie Yarber also provides jobs for residents in the community who might not be hired by other business owners.

Yarber, owner of Northeast 16th Avenue Detailing and Window Tinting, said he employs eight men, with six working during the week, along with others who help out on the weekends.

"It is very important to me to be able to give guys work because I know where I come from, and I know it is hard to get a job," Yarber said. "Some of the guys have felonies on them, and people won't give them a second chance."

Yarber, who has more than 30 years experience in the car detailing industry, said he started Northeast 16th Avenue Detailing a little more than seven ago after working for several years with James Spann, his former business partner, at Main Street Detailing. He said he and Spann initially became business partners in 1991 when they had a car cleaning business on SE 4th Avenue and Williston Road.

He said before that, he detailed cars for Gainesville dealerships.

Yarber, 49, said his current business specializes in buffing and waxing cars, buffing smeared headlights, $10 exterior car washes, $20 exterior/interior car washes, rim and tire sales and washing and window tinting.

Jimmy Lewis, 45, the window tinting specialist at the business, has more than 20 years of experience tinting windows and considers himself to be the best in the business.

"I do the best quality work in Gainesville and my work comes with a lifetime warranty," said Lewis, who has worked at the business for two years.

Yarber said he believes he and his staff provide the best car cleaning services in Gainesville.

"We have very good prices and you are going to get your money's worth," said Yarber, a 1983 graduate of Newberry High School. He said providing great service at very affordable prices, coupled with having hard-working employees, have been the reasons why his business has been successful.

"Our customers are why we have been able to do well in business," Yarber said. "We satisfy them and they keep coming back because they know we are honest, hard-working men who take pride in our work."

Donald Trapp, 55, who has been working at the business for two years, said he enjoys working with Yarber.

"I like working with Mr. Willie because, No. 1, he is a good person and he is a good boss," Trapp said. "He doesn't fuss and argue at us and he just treats everybody right."

Kendrick Duncan, 41, who has been working at the business for seven years, said he loves his job because Yarber maintains a comfortable atmosphere.

"He doesn't look over your shoulder and he doesn't hound you around all day," Duncan said. "I like the way he gets along with everybody."

Yarber, who owns the half-acre corner lot where the business is located, will be opening a beauty salon/barber shop on the property early next year. He said he plans to hire four cosmetologists and four barbers to work in the shop, which is still under construction.

Yarber said he loves the location of his car detailing shop and expects business to get even better as economic development in east Gainesville continues to grow.

"They have just about run out of room to grow in west Gainesville, so economic growth is going to have to start coming to east Gainesville sooner or later," Yarber said.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 352-376-4649.

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