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'I Can't Stop Cutting' — Barber Who Took A Risk And Opened Shop In A Trailer During COVID-19 Proves Successful

A Washington, D.C. native took matters into his own hands when it came to his business.

Oct 10, 2023

Bathroom Barber: After Facing Suspension For Running A Barbershop In School, Cameron Tucker Lands Career Opportunities

Although he got his first gig in a bathroom at Renaissance High School in Detroit, MI, it seems as though 16-year-old Cameron Tucker will go far. Tucker first picked up cutting hair over the summer after learning the basics from his Uncle Tuck, according to FOX 2. Later on, what started as cutting his younger cousins’ and friends’ hair, as well as posting his skills on social media transformed into a successful business of servicing his football teammates and fellow classmates. That successful business also made it into the school year as the outlet reports that Cameron was caught cutting his clientele of classmates’ hair in the bathroom during study hall. “I want to say wrong time, wrong place,” he told FOX 2. A phone call was made to Tucker’s mother, Cassandra, and unfortunately, Cameron was given a one-day suspension for his entrepreneurial moves as the “bathroom barber,” but those moves couldn’t keep him down for long. While Tucker will no longer be cutting hair at school, it...

Nov 15, 2021

Barbershop Appointment App SQUIRE Technologies Triples Its Valuation To $750M Overall

Barbershop scheduling app SQUIRE continues to grow amid its success with users according to its latest funding round. A press release reports that SQUIRE Technologies, Inc. — the only full scale barbershop management and POS system of its kind — has raised a $60 million Series D, bringing its total raised since launching to roughly $165 million, thus tripling its valuation to $750 million overall. The funding round was led by Tiger Global, with participation from existing investors such as ICONIQ Capital, Charles River Ventures and Trinity Ventures. Since 2015, SQUIRE has been offering its unique slate of services to benefit shop owners looking to scale their businesses and clientele, allowing them to cut back on time spent managing back office operations. With its new funding, the company plans to expand its engineering teams and increase sales as it continues to grow exponentially beyond its existing markets. “Our software helps our customers with nearly every workflow in their...

Jul 28, 2021

This Barbershop Pays Youth Customers to Read Aloud While Getting a Haircut

City Cuts Barbershop — located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania — is on a mission to help kids build confidence and become great public speakers — one haircut at a time. The popular barbershop — where young customers are offered $3 to read a book of their choice aloud while getting a haircut — is home to the Books By Kids program founded by the owner, Jon Escueta. “Our goal is for the kids to boost their confidence in front of others without fear of being judged,” Escueta told CNN . “Books By Kids” Our goal is for kids to build their confidence by reading in front of others while getting a haircut. Plus they will receive $3 for reading while in the chair. About 75% of Adults fear Public Speaking. @karribean_cutz @geostylez29 @therealjerryjones_ #booksbykids#citycutsbarbershop#kutztown#kutztownbarber#kutztownuniversity#keepitsimple#barbershop Posted by City Cuts Barbershop on Tuesday, February 12, 2019   According to CNN, Escueta’s idea for Books By Kids stems from his personal...

May 15, 2020

Why Black Barbershops And Salons Are Suffering The Most From Shutdowns

For decades, pillars of the Black community like barbershops and salons have contributed more to residents than haircuts and styling. Now, these community staples — that provide customers with therapy sessions, engaging debates, and a sense of safety — are deemed non-essential, closing down indefinitely. Black barbershops and salons have long been regarded as pivotal spaces in Black culture, always helping to bring the community together. For business purposes, customers go to barbershops and salons for haircare services but they stay for the sense of community and Black entrepreneurship. For the people that come by to sell their newest incense, fragrances, cosmetics, clothing, and repertoire of other supplies, barbershops and salons allow them to exercise their entrepreneurial spirit. However, with states now implementing shutdowns for all non-essential businesses, they jeopardize all those that conduct business in these community pillars. My barbershop is closed indefinitely. This...

Mar 28, 2020