“It takes all kinds of people to make the world go round. If everyone was the same it would be a boring world,” said Jon Tyrone.
Tyrone owns the City Barbershop on 303 East Main Street. For the last 20 plus years he has been providing a service to everyone who walks through his door.
He has been a barber for the residents of Alice and surrounding areas, but it's not his barber skills that make him successful.
As Tyrone trims, fades and cuts the hair of men of all ages he is also instilling confidence and giving advise that not many of his younger clients have at home.
“I love what I do. I work hard and make an honest living,” he said. “But the most important thing I can do is with the kids. If I say so myself, I give kids some pretty good advice and I am that person they can confide in.”
Tyrone builds trust with the youth by joking and never judging who they are or where they come from. He believes that owning his own business gives him a leadership role; one that he takes seriously.
“People don’t realize the little things that people do,” Tyrone said. “I talk and I listen and not just when they are talking to me, but as the kids talk to each other.”
Yes, he is in the business to make money. However, that is not who or what defines him.
When the kids talk amongst themselves and he hears that they want to go to the movies, but one can’t cause he only has enough for the haircut, Tyrone sends them to the movies with a free haircut.
He helps his community especially the younger generation. Looking back at his accomplishments he feels that the best accomplishment are his customers; customers who spread the word about who he is and how he is.
“I take pride in what I do,” Tyrone stated.
This is the first of several series during Black History Month