Northside Business Spotlight

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What’s your business and how long have you been around?

"We’re a barbershop located right here in the heart of North Minneapolis. Here at Wilson’s Image we provide haircuts, all sorts of haircuts. Anybody can come in and get a haircut. African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, it doesn’t matter. Whoever brings their hair in we cut it. We also have a threadist. Her name is Tiffani Washington and she goes by the Black Threadist. She does eyebrow threading, waxing, and also eyelashes. I’ve been in business for 12 years, but I’ve been in this location for 6 years. I started off back in 2007 in the Camden area down on 39th and Thomas and I stayed there for a little over 3 years. Then I came to Broadway. A lot of stuff is happening on Broadway. Being on Broadway, you get a lot of traffic. Most of our new business comes from walk-by and drive-by traffic. I also have clientele that have been with me since I’ve been here in Minnesota. When I first moved here I was working at a friend’s shop out in Brooklyn Park. I stayed there for 7 years before I decided to open my own. A lot of my clients from then are still with me today."

What’s your business and how long have you been around?
Where were you before North Minneapolis and how did you end up here?

"I’m originally from Decatur, Illinois. I left Illinois in ‘94 but I didn't come here initially: I went out to Boston. That’s actually where I went to barber school. I stayed there for just slightly over 6 years. I just wanted a change of pace, and Minnesota’s more close to how I was raised. Boston is really fast-paced, people don’t have time for you… that wasn’t what I was interested in. My children went to school here in North Minneapolis so my first few years here, that was really my only connection to Minneapolis, particularly the Northside. I heard all about how North is portrayed: as being negative, a lot of violence. And so I’ll be honest with you, for a while I considered playing it safe in Brooklyn Park. However, as time went on, I started to spend more time in North Minneapolis and saw that there’s a real sense of community here. I started blocking out the negative things that I was hearing about North and started developing my own feelings and thoughts based on what I was seeing and how people were interacting with me. I felt like North is where I wanted to be."

Where were you before North Minneapolis and how did you end up here?