Tell us a little about Hairport Barber Shop: Are you looking for a cut, style or color right here in the Village of Newcomerstown with a barber that works evenings and Saturdays to accommodate her clients? If so ... I am that barber. As a professional, I enjoy, and take pride in my work. I operate solo, so the hair services provided here are a reflection of myself, and my talents. I hold myself to very high standards. As a barber, I love being able to effectively communicate with my clients. This really helps when assessing patrons' reactions to their haircut, color ideas and selections we discuss as possibilities for their hair. Having a keen sense of interacting aids me in reacting accordingly to a customer’s description of what they are looking for, and enables me to have a better idea of what they are picturing in their mind; especially if they are wanting a change of style or color, or they are a new client.
My customers include men, women, toddlers receiving their first haircuts, and teenagers, as well as older adults. I pride myself in being a friend, and good listener to each of my customers. With some of my clients, I may be the only person they see and talk to all day, and I want to make sure our visit is uplifting and refreshing.
Men and women commonly state that it is truly what's within that makes any difference in their spirit; however your appearance can have an impression on all the other concerns inside of that person. If your hair looks good because of an awesome cut and/or color, you're going to feel better about yourself, and that is one of my goals when a customer walks in the shop ... whether for the first time or if they have been here many times. We barbers are a special breed. We are creative, personal, and have an interest in offering top notch service. I have a love, passion, and dedication to hair cutting, coloring, and styling profession.
How did you develop your concept or idea for the business? I remember at around the age of 12 walking up town on my time off from school to observe in the local barber and beauty shops. I would just watch them cut and work with hair. I studied their techniques, and became even more convinced I wanted to be a barber. As with most professional barbers, I had a fascination early on with cutting hair and experimenting on family and friends for special occasions. I would even do perms for those that would let me.
I went to Ohio State Barber College in Columbus directly from high school. I spent a year there learning all the techniques associated with barbering and general hair care. One thing that was definitely a given was the fact that I would return to Newcomerstown to start my career. After my education concluded, I began working for Randy Norman, who at the time was the owner of the Hairport Barber Shop. After approximately one year of employment there, I was presented the opportunity to buy the Hairport Barber Shop and contents from Randy, as he moved on to another business venture. Thus, I have owned my barbering business in Newcomerstown for 30 years.
Mainly, I love people, my community, and being trusted as a barber and friend. For me personally, barbering is a perfect fit, and is a very satisfying career that releases my creative talents.
What challenges do you face? I am lucky to have been in Newcomerstown as a business owner for many years. I enjoy being in the community, and offering hair services to families, but there can be challenges with owning your own business. I think the one that comes to mind most is time management. I believe this is probably the major challenge most self-employed individuals face. I do my best to accommodate my customers, and their schedules. I prefer appointments, and most people do book their next appointment when leaving from their current one. I am accepting new clients, and look forward to exploring your personal hair preference and style. I will always find time for current and new clients.
What would you like to highlight for us? I enjoy continuing my residency in my hometown, and being a local business owner. My family, friends, and customers are here, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I feel lucky to have had such success in Newcomerstown with my chosen career choice. I have laughed, cried, and prayed with my customers. I consider them to be part of my family. I go to the homeless shelters and cut hair, and I also have several shut-ins that I visit regularly so they don’t have to leave their home in order to have good looking hair. I guess to me — it is more than a haircut — it is my mission in life to share what I enjoy doing with so many others.
I recently took a trip to Israel, and it was life changing for me. I am now delving in to the possibility of mission trips where I can offer my hair services to those less fortunate.
I have always supported the village of Newcomerstown, and I recently became a member of the Newcomerstown Cemetery Board, and I am currently launching my idea for a Splash Pad at the Cy Young Park and Pool. I have done extensive research on this project, and I have talked to many Splash Pad vendors, and to individuals and groups in the community about supporting this endeavor. The Splash Pad would be great for small children, and any children who may have handicaps. This is just one of my many goals to achieve in the near future.
Name of business: Hairport Barber Shop and Salon
Address: 263 E. Canal St., Newcomerstown
Hours: By appointment
Owner: Michelle Mozena
Services offered: Offering men, women and children quality cuts and styles – plus hair color, perms, and highlights. For a trim ... or a whole new you. When you look good ... you feel good. Let’s talk about hair, and the best cut or color for everyone in your family.