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Persistence pays off for Miami Gardens barber Michael Stephens

D. Kevin McNeir | 8/14/2013, 2:43 p.m.
By his own account, Michael Stephens, 46, led an uneventful life during his formative years in Miami — first living ...

Stephens has a staff of eight female stylists and four male barbers and is still looking for licensed workers. Services for the two sexes are done in separate sections of the building and children are also welcome.

“We use social media extensively for advertising and are open seven days a week,” he added. “I wanted to bring the feel of a South Beach proprietorship to the hood. It’s perfect for the entire family, very kid friendly and safe. We even have free wi fi.”

But Stephens points out that he’s just getting started with ideas that he’s sure will get the community’s attention — like a free day of haircuts for school children on Sunday, Aug. 18.

“We’re going to have food, face painting, back to school giveaways and child safety kits,” he said. “Eventually I want to go into some of the high schools and show kids that they can make an honest living in this industry. It’s more than just a hobby — it’s a career choice. I just wish my mother were alive to see it all. Still, I can’t help but believe that she’s smiling right now.”

For more information call 305-628-9798 or email Stephens at mikecutz42@yahoo.com.