We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Glusovich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My initial focus for creating a business, was filling a void. The niche I felt needed me, was “flavor’ that I encapsulated in a curation of haircuts, clothing and related accessories in a single location. Example: cuts, tshirts, sweatshirts, mix tapes (yes, 90s stuff), watches, caps, etc. In essence, I elected to create a place that I would like to visit.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Though I struggle with how I load up my professional plate, I am blessed to have all this exciting activity. I am a barber since ’88, so I have been significantly involved in people’s personal happiness for 33+ years. I am a public school teacher (for secondary–middle and high school) since 2001. I have been designing clothing and have owned and operated brick & mortar retail shops since 1993, in which I have had haircuts, clothing, cool niche items and occasional events, all under the same roof. The mix of all that I do brings an enrichment to the other things I do. I am a better educator, because I can teach from the real world of my practice. I can produce relevant and cool items, because I am close to the youth with hair and in my classroom. I am a better barber, because I not only educate, but also own and operate multiple locations and haircut experiences. My brand is super unique, in that my brand is me and the quirky mix of things that I do and feel passionate about.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well it depends on which city. I have love and familiarity with both New York and Los Angeles. Let’s use LA for this example.
If a friend were visiting for a week, I have some places we would hit over the course of that week. Realistically, I wouldn’t necessarily take that week off, so our recreation time would happen in pockets here and there. This happens to me semi-often when friends land in LA. They are on vacation; not me, so we squeeze the juice out of my minimal free time. I work A LOT.
I’m a city kid, so I love rooftops for evenings or day time sippage: Mama’s Shelter, Intercontinental Hotel (71st floor), Hotel Erwin (Venice).
Dinners are Botega Louie, Javier’s, Hollywood Thai, Raffi’s Place, James Beach, NorthEnd (Venice) for pizza!, Perch and host of holes in the wall that are tasty treats that need no reservations for ramen, sandwiches, jerk chicken (Original Coley’s Kitchen–delivery or pick-up only).
Watering hole choices would be various dive bars around the city depending on where that night’s activity would start, rooftops rule. Seven Grand, Fin (the residency upstairs), Water Front (Venice), Loew’s Hotel Santa Monica (for the view while sipping), Soho House Malibu.
Depending on the season, there are many outdoor activities and music related venues to sample.
I also like the Venice Electric Light Parade on Sunday evenings, where you dress your bike in lights and ride with a most eccentric and eclectic pack of riders through the bike paths and streets of Santa Monica and Venice.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is no short list, as my journeys have afforded me valuable interactions with many people that have helped shape my focus and practice: LES (Lower East Side), NYC
Dr. Dwight Johnson
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