FAIRFIELD — Calvin Jones is the only brother still plugging along at Jones Brothers Carpet, but he isn’t the only Jones brother to make his mark in Fairfield.
Back in the 1940s, when Calvin Jones wasn’t even in the picture, his father’s uncles were the first Jones brothers to make a name for themselves.
Before there was Jones Brothers Carpet, there was Jones Brothers at Mankas Corner. They, as Jones put it, “owned the corner.”
The three brothers sold an assortment of goods, including groceries and provisions, and even offered a barber shop. They also sold food from trucks out in the valley. The Jones brothers sold the business in the 1950s, so Jones’ father took the name for the family and continuity.
From 1963 on, “the Jones brothers” of Fairfield would actually just be Jones’ father.
He opened up Jones Brothers Carpet on North Texas Street. There, he worked as both the salesman and an installer until they moved across town to their location on Lozano Lane in Suisun Valley.
In 1989, when Jones’ father died, his children kept the business in the family and continued to run it themselves.
Out of the eight Jones siblings, seven worked for the business. Today, Calvin Jones is the remaining family member and business owner.
A few changes have been made to the business over the years, but, Jones said, it has largely remained a family owned business.
In 1996, Jones Brothers Carpet partnered with Carpet One and changed its name to Jones Brothers Carpet One Home and Floor. The change, Jones said, was to help the business maintain competitive pricing while big box stores continued popping up.
The store offers sales of vinyl tiles, sheet vinyl, laminate flooring, ceramic tile, specialty flooring and installation.
While offering competitive pricing helped Jones Brothers Carpet stay afloat, Jones believes the business’ commitment to customer service and quality products is what keeps them plugging along.
That’s critical in this day and age, he said. He said it’s critical to offer the best service to gain new customers through the best advertising he knows: word of mouth.
That commitment to service has helped Jones’ business grow even when faced with change. He said it has a lot the do with a reputation, one that started with his great uncles on Mankas Corner and grew with Jones Brothers Carpet.
“Our reputation has grown here. (We) were born in Fairfield,” he said.
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