Since 2021 has rolled around the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down. Mask mandates are still in effect, vaccines have been distributed nationwide and controversy still exists when it comes to small businesses reopening. News reports state that many African American small businesses are on the verge of closing or have closed.
Entrepreneurial partners Anise Brisbane and Daryl Hill had just opened their Main Cut Barber and Beauty Salon in February 2020 when the pandemic hit. After a three month closure, They reopened in May 2020 when the state of Florida ban was lifted. Last weekend, the Salon held a customer appreciation day for their clients to let them know they are valued. . Clients had the opportunity to speak with stylist about hair care products, natural hair styles and if interested would be referred to an accredited cosmetology school to obtain their license. They also received free treats and door prizes.
Since that time the shop has flourished in their new location. “There are not many salons in the river city area that does hair for multi racial clients. We wanted a shop to service all clients of all nationalities. We felt this area was the right one,” said owner Daryl Hill. The shop adheres to pandemic guidelines, such as social distancing booths, and mandatory mask required for stylist and customers. For more than twenty years, Hill has been a licensed cosmetologist and has volunteered his time cutting hair for students. Now he has the time and resources to give back to the community.
Hill is a 30 year retired Duval County Public School administrator and Brisbane is a nurse practitioner and is able to assist the shop with news on vaccines and daily Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) guidelines.