Last Thursday, Sep. 17, the sign at Harley’s Garage, at 272 W. Mesquite Boulevard, lit up as much as it could for the final time before transforming the next day to its next life as Illusive Imports. On Monday, it was transformed to its new look completely, but still keeping the original color scheme.
The new business, slated to open Oct. 12, is the brain child of local residents Raul “Junior” Flores and Victor Baltazar.
“I was a little kid when (Harley’s) was open and going,” said Flores. “I remember walking by it every day.”
After taking auto shop in high school, Flores was hooked and began working on cars as a hobby; a hobby he has now decided to turn into a career. If his career turns out anything like his hobby, Mesquite can plan on seeing Illusive Imports for many years to come. Many know Flores from local car shows where he has entered a car that he personally rebuilt.
For starters, Illusive Imports will begin as an auto repair shop, but not an ordinary one. Flores promises that Illusive Imports will be specialized in several areas, mainly in customization. Flores, with the help of his younger brother, Santiago, who happens to be a certified technician, plans on bringing back some good old-quality work to Mesquite. “The one difference between me and anyone else is that I treat every car as if it’s my own. I’m an honest person. If I can fix it I will. If I can’t, I’ll come right out and say it,” Flores said.
In the near future, they hope to bring in services such as body repair and window tinting.
The group will continue to make changes to the building and property as they prepare to open, repainting the inside and getting their equipment situated.