Northside Business Spotlight
Business Rock of the Northside
“It’s like the most intimate relationship that men have. A lot of guys, if they get a barber that they like they stay there. Not just for the haircut but it becomes a really personal relationship. There’s so much info sharing: we talk about family, business, sports, politics. I think customers kind of look at us like we’re their therapists. We get a lot of stuff poured on us. There’s also a lot of sharing back-and-forth though. There’s no judgment. If someone comes to me and they have something really personal they want to share during their haircutting time, I give them that moment. Whether they just want me to listen or offer some info or resources, I do what I can.”
Can you explain the special relationship many men have with their barbers?:
Can you explain the special relationship many men have with their barbers?
What drew you to the profession? What made you decide to open your own shop?
“I love to cut hair. I’ve been doing it so long it’s like second nature. There’s not many haircuts I haven’t done. My passion is really around community though. The barbershop is the perfect place to connect with people. That’s the attraction about this business for me: living near and working with and for my people. I’ve always had a bunch of different sets of friends. It’s a natural fit from that being my personality to this being my career. I also think I’ve always kind of had an entrepreneurial spirit. I’d get up early, 5 o’clock in the morning, and go out and deliver newspapers at 10 years old. Winter months I’d go out and shovel snow. I just wanted to have my own money. It was just natural for me to go out and do my own thing. I carried that into adulthood, so being in business for myself is a natural fit.”