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In 2005 I took a leap of faith, quit my job and went to school to learn to cut hair. I thought about tattooing and motorcycle building as options but ultimately landed on barbering.
As a kid my mom told me frequently that I should cut hair. I looked at my life and wanted more than just a 9 to 5 job that paid the bills. I wanted to work with my hands, and add value to people’s lives. Cutting hair fit the bill and I’ve never looked back.
I’ve given first haircuts to the tiniest of the little dudes, helped young guys find their style, watched fathers and sons bond and old timers tell a tale or two. I have the privilege to call many great men clients. They come from all backgrounds and careers, with different styles and ideas. The Brickyard Barbershop is their place as much as it is mine.
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I became a barber because I wanted a job that I could look forward to doing everyday for the next 30 years- one that would enable me to spend time with my wife and daughter, and give me the opportunity to have a positive impact on people.
My closest friends today started our as co-workers and clients. I’m invested in their lives and they’re invested in mine. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
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In 2017, I celebrated my 50th birthday and found myself without a job for the first time in 26yrs. I decided to take this “kick in the pants” and view it as a opportunity to change the direction of my life and try something completely out of my comfort zone. I enrolled in a barber program at a local school. It was a challenging experience, being at the half-century mark and learning alongside fellow students 20 to 30 years younger than myself. I discovered with hard work you can teach an old dog new tricks.
I don’t know how I got so lucky and am very grateful to work alongside the extremely talented crew at Brickyard. Everyday provides unique challenges and fulfilling rewards which inspires me to strive to do better and better work. People ask “Did you always want to do this?” and I answer, “Honestly? No, but I love it!” Like the Stone’s song goes “ You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you find, you get what you need.”
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For me barbering is all about delivering a kickass haircut in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. My favorite part of the job is getting to know my clients, having great conversations, and making sure each person walks out my door looking and feeling great. Honestly, there’s no better way to spend my days. I’m extremely grateful to have been asked to be a part of this great group of barbers…and to work in a shop that allows me to show my tattoos.
At 27 years old with a baby on the way and no job, I decided it was time for a career. Barbering has turned out to be the perfect fit.
The tradition of the craft, the atmosphere of my workplace- it all works with my vision of a dream job. Brickyard will be a shop where I feel confident I’ll be able to hone my craft and learn something new every day.
Since getting out of the military I’d been on the lookout for something that excited me. I did construction, worked in kitchens, at golf courses…nothing made me happy. It all changed after a few haircuts and my barber suggested I go to barber school. My life was changed and everything I have now is because I had the guts to try something new. Nothing makes me happier than putting a smile on a customer’s face and making them look and feel great.
I was born in California and moved to Spokane Valley when I was really young. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I grew up. My family works in the medical field and I started to follow as well. I was a caregiver to those who are developmentally disabled. I loved my job but I wanted to lead in my career and have a business of my own.
I’m very happy to say that becoming a barber has been an amazing experience and I love what I do. As a barber I get a front row seat into some amazing moments, in my clients’ lives. I feel honored to help my clients with their hair needs.
My goal with every person in my chair is to give them the best service possible. Listen to them like a best friend would and make them feel like they’re part of a bigger family here at Brickyard Barbershop.
I became interested in becoming a Barber in 2015 while working as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Phoenix Fire Department. After 10 years as a Firefighter my wife and I were looking for a positive change. We decided to take a chance and move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, a place we both love. After being a customer at Brickyard, experiencing my ideal work environment, and discussing the career with my Barber; I finally decided to jump all in and enroll in Barber School.
A strong desire to continue the traditions and art of Barbering, I feel fortunate to be able to work alongside like-minded Barbers in an awesome shop that allows me the ability to continually expand my skill-set.
I am passionate about going above and beyond my customer’s expectations by providing them an enjoyable experience while in my chair. Through great conversation, flawless service, and sharp attention to detail; my goal is that every customer leaves feeling good and looking sharp.
Just 5 minutes north of downtown Spokane. CASH ONLY please!
Tuesday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Saturday 8am to 3pm
2802 N Monroe Street, Spokane WA 99205
NE Corner of Monroe and Grace
The Brickyard Barbershop 2019