Courtney Grubbs gets outdoor signs posted New business Monday.
Although the entire process took longer than expected, Grubbs knows that having a sign prominently displayed will help spread the word about Chop Bellview.
But don’t let the name fool you. The meat of the business is the hair.
“We have a lot of people online and on Facebook who think we’re a steakhouse,” Grubbs said. “I don’t know why people think we’re a steakhouse, but that’s something they ask and we say, ‘No, we’re a barbershop and we do cuts for the whole family,’ and we explain what we can do.”
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Chop Barbershop – Bellview, located at 5998 Mobile Highway, Suite 10, in Pensacola, held a grand opening celebration on June 25.
“Each of the stores is independently owned, and I have the Niceville location and the new Pensacola store,” Grubbs said. “My main goal is to have three. I fell in love with the company when they contacted me two years ago.”
Coincidentally, around this same time, Grubbs and his family were trying to decide where to put down roots and settle.
“My mother actually retired here in the Panhandle,” Grubbs said. “My husband and I were going back and forth, looking for which side of the family we wanted to go to, and the Panhandle seemed like a good fit. Everything was lined up.”
Chop Bellview has two colorists on staff, offers men’s and women’s haircuts and includes the classic barbershop experience, complete with hot towel and nape shave.
“Our interior look is old school and modern at the same time,” said Grubbs. “We want you to be the best you can be and feel as comfortable as possible.”
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According to Grubbs, this also speaks to the mottos that Chop embodies.
“We want to make sure that each of our employees and staff can feel like this is theirs,” Grubbs said. “Another motto we live by is ‘hair for humanity.’ That is, we do not discriminate at all. Everyone deserves great hair. It shouldn’t be reserved for the super rich, so we try to stay within a good mid-price range.”
Grubbs also said that a business is only as successful as the team you build within it.
“I’m a very hands-on owner,” Grubbs said. In fact, I will also cut on the ground. I like to be as part of the team. I don’t want them to feel like I’m not there to help them or put some strength in the elbow, and I love my Niceville staff. They are like a second family to me, and with the Pensacola staff, we also clicked right away.”
As for what lies ahead, Grubbs is actively looking for local events, causes and businesses to partner with as it deepens Chop Bellview’s footprint.
“I’m a big believer in giving back,” Grubbs said. “If you stay within your community, you and your neighbors help each other, it’s better for everyone. It makes the city grow, it makes your business grow, it makes your team grow.”
Chop Barbershop – Bellview is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm For more information, visit facebook.com/chopbellview or call 850-491-6236.
Kalyn Wolfe is a freelance columnist for the News Journal. She send new trading tips to [email protected]