By Jeanie Summerville
Whatz up, babies?
I hope that all of you are taking the time out your days to bring yourselves and others some well deserved joy, beauty, happiness and some form of peace of mind because it feels so good! On that note, it pleases me to bring to you this week’s spotlight because it’s not everyday that I have the opportunity to shine this light on a barber who has been in business for 14 years. With him servicing the community for so many years, I’m quite sure you might already know who I’m talking about. Even though I’ve only known him for about three years, it’s been a pure pleasure. It always bring me joy when I visit the barber shop because everyone is always so happy and friendly and I love that kind of stuff. Also, I love feeling the beauty they’re creating here because they truly enjoy their work and the atmosphere that comes along with Mike. So at this time all we want you to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy. Or, stand and jump and shout if you want to! You can do that because Frost Illustrated is gonna take you there and this is what he has to say:
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Michael Gaston and I was born and raised right here in Fort Wayne, Ind., I’m 42 years old, I’ve been here for 42 years and I’m the owner of Turn N Headz Barber Shop. We’re located at 4234 S. Calhoun St., our phone number is (260) 744-3069 and I’m celebrating being in business for 14 years. However, we’re actually going to have our official celebration day sometime this summer in August and we want everybody to come out because we’re going to have a good time. We’ll have an appreciation, a barbeque, music and patronize our clients.
“It’s really been a blessing and a great 14 years. I look forward to having more because I want to spend more time with the community. There’s been a lot of barbers that worked here at Turn N Headz and there’s about four or five of them that have their own business now because they learned the necessary skills here and built their clientele and now, they’re all around Fort Wayne. That makes me feel very good inside because I know that I had a role in their success.
“Being in business for 14 years is a lot of work and when you’re in business, you must always remember to treat your customers right and that they’re always right. If they come to you and say there’s a problem with the haircut, you should just fix it, to make them happy and don’t charge them. I also treat everyone with kindness and respect and we respect the children also. When children are in the barber shop, we won’t play music with cursing in it. We also have police officers and pastors that come in to get haircuts so we turn off the rap music and put on some soft jazz or R&B to satisfy them.
“I enjoy what I do because I always knew I wanted to be a barber and I’ve been cutting hair for over 25 years. I was actually cutting hair when I was in school between periods and before and after high school at Northside. I had a chair in the hallway where I use to cut hair and up in the stadium in the gym. After that, I went to Kenny’s Barber Academy in Indianapolis because they didn’t have a barber school in Fort Wayne—they came later. Upon receiving my license, me and my friend Ronnie Fowlkes started Turn N Headz together. We were partners for about five or six years then I bought him out and it’s been me ever since.
“I want the community to know, we are now looking for some barbers and we’re always looking forward to giving young barbers a chance. So come in and show us what you have. We have only three chairs available and you’ll learn while you’re here because we’re always open to teach and help with your skills and don’t hesitate to call us.”
That’s so sweet, so now I’m gonna talk with the barbers here and get their input about Turn N Headz. This is what they have to say:
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Terrance Golden and I’ve been here for three-and-a-half years. What I like about this shop is, meeting different people in different professions and from different walks of life. We enjoy serving the community and we are very reputable so I definitely recommend it to others and we’re building. So, come and check us out.”
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Dazzmen Farr and I’ve been here for almost six years. Mike Gaston helps out the community and he’s a good people person. He gives a lot of people jobs and he takes care of a lot of young men out here. I love the atmosphere because there are five intersections right where we’re located on Calhoun Street, so you’re not losing. It’s a diverse area ,so we get all type of people walking in here since we’re almost downtown. And, for new barbers, you’ll get lots of experience here. I’ve cut hair of every nationality and frequently, so it’s cool—yep.”
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. I’m Dominique Hughes and I’ve been working here for about seven months and I enjoy it because it’s a pretty good environment to be around. Mike is somebody good and he took me under his wings and just fathered me in this barbering business and I’m taking heed of everything and my surroundings. So, if you can cut, come get them chairs because there’s a lot of money to be made in barbering and you’ll feel at home here at Turn N Headz.”
Mark Vachon was not available for comment but I’m sure he’ll agree with everything that was said.
Now in closing I say, Mike, I’m so proud of you and I know that all your loved ones are too and keep up the Great work. So until next week, when Your Beauty Page comes to you, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie. Bye, bye babies.
P.S. If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo. com. I’d love to hear from ya.
P.P.S. I’d like to thank all of you who have been sending me e-mails to give me some feedback on our journey. Keep up the good work and to those who haven’t please feel free to do so because I’d love to hear from you too.