Meet Mariajosé “Mose” Barrera, the owner of Mose Auto in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Mose not only offers a three month or 12,000-mile guarantee on all auto repair, but also specializes in providing training and information sessions to women in the community for maintaining their vehicle and entering automotive careers. She believes that building relationships with mutual trust with their neighbors, peers, and the greater Seattle community is her most important goal.

Get to know more about Mose and Mose Auto in this Business Q&A.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

What’s your favorite part about the community your business is in and why?
“The automotive business is super tight knit with small shop culture, most small shops are looking out for the client’s best interest, and we try to help each other out.”

Why is it important to you and your business that people #SpendLikeItMatters? 
“It’s important to support the small shops. They are the heart and soul of a neighborhood. They know you by name and that is the familiarity you can’t get from big corporations.”

What are some of your favorite local businesses and why? 
“I love Resistencia Coffee, [the] best coffee in town. Just up the hill is Nepantla Cultural Art Gallery, and anywhere you walk around Georgetown you will find great small businesses that remind you of the soul of Seattle.”

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