Three years ago when they were sitting in a Mankato West High School classroom, they could never have dreamed of what happened to them after graduation.
Nuradin Yasin, Jake Neumann and Anis Abdullahi are the young trio behind Kato Detail Bros, a venture that started with their passion for cars. At first, the trio would help friends out detailing their cars; that friend circle quickly grew and the young men knew they were on to something.
“What made it a real business was when we started getting booked out for weeks. We were also doing work with local car dealerships and we had steady work coming in. Our client base was growing and word of mouth was spreading,” explains Abdullahi. “Our work spoke for itself and our reviews were fantastic. We knew it was time to take the next step and get to work.”
Another unique service of KDB is that they will pick up your vehicle for you, and then return it to you when detailing is complete.
That hard work has paid off. They were able to move out of their garages and into their own facility at 1002 Belle Avenue in Mankato, right next to Kwik Trip on Madison and Hopp’s Thrift Store. It is evident they have the passion for their work, and slowly but surely they are learning the process.
“Starting a new business and being so young there’s always new challenges every day but at the same time we don’t look at it negatively, we look at it as a chance to learn from it. The more mistakes we make early on the better we will be later on in our business,” says Abdullahi.
The three are humbled by the overwhelming support they are receiving.
“The support we have been getting from our community is by far the best part of our business. Being a business owner can be a lonely job but it’s nice to know that our community supports us. That’s why we love what we do and strive to do the best work possible. We would love to give back to the community and help the growth of our town once our business has been fully established.”
He adds that perhaps their story will encourage other young people to create their own path.
“We hope that by sharing our story of finding a passion and turning that into a business, other young people will believe in themselves too,” says Abdullahi. “We were responsible and thoughtful about it, but we just went for it when the time felt right.”
1002 Belle Avenue, Mankato
Phone: (507) 351-1034
Photo by Jonathan Smith