In this month’s Saul Shop Talk, we pay a visit to Mi Gente Customs of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a company that has been around for years and has become a staple in the area’s Lowriding community as they are a one-stop shop. John Montano opened the business back in 1996, and the family-owned and operated business has grown over the years thanks to the support of the community that they so proudly serve. From sponsoring at-risk youth opportunities to carrying top-notch products, the shop has earned the right to spread its wings from a small downtown location to their currently sprawling 10,000 square foot building, which recently had over 200 square feet added onto it. This allows them to carry even more quality merchandise for the hungry Southern Colorado enthusiasts.
Some of the merchandise includes Mi Gente’s wheel and tire business, which was the seed that helped to establish the shop. These days, the business also carries a full line of shoes, clothing, Lowrider bicycles, car accessories, air bags, hydraulics, and audio components. They can also install everything that they sell, making Mi Gente a high demand shop for the local scene. Some of the cars that have come out of the shop include John’s personal collection of cars, which have also been used to promote the business. Currently, he is working on a 1939 Chevy Master Deluxe, which is going to be receiving a TCI Mustang frontend suspension to allow the car to handle the power from the small-block Chevy engine, and a 700R transmission combination that will ensure smooth shifting. All of the work is being done in-house, to show his customers the capabilities of Colorado Springs’ finest, fully stocked Lowrider shop.
John, who’s also a Pastor at his local church, owes his success to God and being able to evolve with the times; a key factor in Mi Gente’s growth and longevity. If you’re ever out in the 719, stop by and make sure to let him know that you saw them in Lowrider Magazine!