Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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In The Cut Barbershop

Photo by Jason Lewis for Sentinel

Trevor Graham is not just a savvy business owner. He's not in business just for himself, he's in business for his community. He understands, as he puts it, "If the customers are not working, then we are not working."

Graham operates In The Cut barbershop like a community center, and he has everybody's best interest in mind.

"We try to create ways to help the community through the shop," Graham said.

Graham works with the Urban League to help his costumers search for jobs on the shop's computer. He goes as far as to contact his customers on a monthly basis to make sure they still have their jobs, and to offer assistance where needed.

The shop also gives kids the opportunity to join the workforce. There are honor roll students who have daily tasks at the shop, such as running errands, making sure that the maintenance of the shop is up to state board code, laundry, restocking supplies, and other tasks. The children working at the shop are all honor roll students.

"The kids are doing a lot outside of school," Graham said. "The shop is providing a lot of that for them."

Graham has a motto for the shop.

"To be well groomed, humble, organized businessmen that are equipped mentally, physically, and financially."

Graham instills that motto into the children on a daily basis. He also works with the Inglewood Parks and Recreations and Project LA. He is in the process of obtaining a van so that children who do not have a way to get to the shop to receive a hair cut can be picked up.

There is also a program where police officers and civil workers receive vouchers from the shop.

Every other week Graham feeds the community hot meals at the shop.

"You can get a haircut, shoeshine, good meal and good conversation," Graham said.

Blood screenings for hypertension and diabetes have been held at the shop.

Many business owners have their own best interest in mind, but Graham takes great pride in seeing the barbers that work in his shop succeed on high levels.

"Many barbers that have worked here have their own shop, investment properties, as well as their own home," Graham said. "They're very successful, and I'm very proud of that."

Graham expects his barbers to perform community service, such as giving free demonstrations, or donating time at the Parks and Rec.

Graham has found several ways to use his talents to serve his community. To make his community a better place. In The Cut is located at 220 E. Regent St., in Inglewood.

Category: Local


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