New "men only" barber shop hearkens back to the old days in Inverness
When one door closes, another one opens.
Jacqueline Dixon poses next to the photos of past barbers in Inverness in her new "men only" barber shop on Central Avenue in Inverness.
In no time, this was the case for 19-year-old Jacqueline Dixon of Inverness. Dixon is the daughter of Michele and Alex Dixon, and she is a young and determined entrepreneur who saw an opportunity to carry on an old school tradition while making a buck at the same time.
When Tanya’s Hair Port closed up shop on Central Avenue and changed locations a prime piece of real estate presented itself. The building is owned by Janice Ferguson, a retired nurse from Inverness, who is renting out the space for this new business endeavor.
The barber shop is right across from the Inverness Fire Hall and next to the Royal Bank. It’s called J.D. Clippers, J.D stands for her initials, naturally. Dixon is now the only barber operating in town, and she held her opening on Monday, October 21st. Along her freshly painted walls are the many photos of all the old barbers who used to operate here in Inverness, for whom she proudly pays tribute to with the word “past” scrolled above them.
Dixon went to school to learn her trade in St. John, New Brunswick and studied barbering as a six-month, very hands-on course. “There was plenty of bookwork, and we also learned a lot about the history behind the barber trade.”
At the age of nineteen Dixon seemed more eager than most teenagers her age to, quite literally, set up shop and start her career. She chose the course because of how quickly it would take her to become certified and how it well prepared her for starting a new business. While in school she was taught some business planning, bookkeeping, and has an accountant for tax purposes, etc.
The business, J. D. Clippers, will cater to men exclusively; however, she said she may bend the rules in certain circumstances for some women, advising that she specializes in short cuts and styles. What is also important to note is that she offers a straight shave with a hot towel, the old-fashioned way.
Dixon will work six days a week and is looking forward to building up a clientele. She wants to operate in the same way that old barber shops used to: on primarily a “walk-in” basis and that no appointments are necessary. She stated that if it is the case that a client couldn’t arrive in time of her regular hours, just let her know and she’ll accommodate the best she can. She also makes house calls, which is a rarity in any profession nowadays. This is perfect for people with certain injuries or for seniors, especially since winter is on the way, which makes getting around outside quite difficult for some. She currently is “making her rounds” providing her service at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital and also has her name in at the Inverary Manor.
“I’m very excited about this. It’s a little nerve-wracking being the youngest in my field around here, but I’m going to make a go of it. I’m staying open six days a week, year-round, and we’ll see what develops,” says Dixon when asked about this new chapter in her life.
She said she was a bit hesitant at first, but with the support from her family and friends as well as her training she has all the confidence she needs. When the building space became available it was the perfect location, right on the main street, which she thought was crucial to the success of the new barber shop.
Dixon is now open for business and already has plenty of plans for her new site. She already offers water, coffee and tea, and will provide music if desired and has items to entertain the younger clients as well as the older ones. Coming soon will be a flat screen T.V where customers can watch the news, sports games, or whatever her clients please. She just wants them “comfortable and entertained.”
Jacqueline wanted to express her gratitude to those who made this all possible for her: her parents, Michele and Alex; her brother, Alexander; as well as her two aunts, Angie Smith and Cathy MacEachen. She also wanted to thank her good friend Nicole Poirier who helped her out along the way.
New businesses are continuing to spring up in Inverness, which is a good sign of the changing times. The Oran wishes her congratulations and all the best in this new enterprise.
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