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Daily Inspiration: Meet Sharetta Wallace

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharetta Wallace.

Hi Sharetta, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
In 2014, I really wanted to become a barber. One day, I decided to go to Borner’s Barber College, where I had an interview with the school director, Mr. Claudius J. Fagan aka “CJ”. At the time, I was an Ambulance Company owner, with a full schedule, so I needed to make an attempt to figure out how to adjust my schedule, in order to allow me to attend barber school. During that time, I was also fighting a case with the federal government, which put in the unfortunate position to have to spend 20 months in federal prison for something that I did not do. Once I completed my assigned time of 20 months, I returned back to Borner’s Barber College for another interview, which allowed me to enroll, and complete 18 months with their program. While attending school, I suffered 3 strokes, but that did not hinder me from continuously striving to work hard to finish school, and I did just that! I always had the idea in my head to create a mobile barbershop. I spent most of my time in school writing down ideas, and researching how to create a mobile barbershop. I shared the idea with a cousin of mine, who decided she would invest in my vision, so it was nothing but up from there. My mobile barbershop was created out of a 2002 Ford E450 shuttle bus. I have had a hard life since a child. I’ve spent many years in foster homes, but I’ve always been able to be great at anything I strive to do.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As I decided to put the mobile barbershop idea into action, I realized my main struggle was keeping all of my ideas to myself, in order to protect my vision. I dreamt about it frequently, but had a hard time figuring out where to start. I located a bus for sale, so I bought it. Once I had the bus completely stripped I stood in the middle of it, and had no idea where to start, but it just seems like every night while asleep, I came up with ideas, so the next morning, I got up, ordered necessities, and put the bus together on my own, with the exception of a few things. It took me about 30 days to complete everything.  It was very important  to me that I refrain from sharing my vision with too many people, for fear that my personal idea/vision, that even I was unsure of, would be misunderstood, and others would try creating and forcing their own opinions of how I should operate my business. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am the owner of a mobile barbershop. I love what I do, and enjoy helping the community, and less fortunate. I give free haircuts to kids whose parents may be unable to afford it, due to hard times. I give haircuts to 30 to 40 kids who live in my building alone. I feel like my mobile barbershop is one of a kind.  I do my best to create a peaceful and friendly environment for my clients. I’m proud of where I am in my life, and what the business has become. 

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
There’s really not much that I don’t like about our city, but what I love most, as it pertains to my line of business, is having the privilege and honor of seeing the smiles on the faces of each of my clients after providing the service of a fresh haircut or wash and re-twist on their natural locs . The smiles, Thank you’s, and respect I receive on a regular basis from my city makes my heart smile. 

Contact Info:

  • Email: Chellecutz@gmail.com
  • Website: Chellecutz.com
  • Instagram: @chellecutz
  • Facebook: Chelle’sCutz

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