Nico’s Barber Store entrepreneur finds area of interest in cutting hair to aid people look very good, do good

Rajiv Patel, still left, opened Nico’s Barber Store before he got his license to slice hair, but he has given that learned how. (Tom Blodgett/Local community Affect Newspaper)

Rajiv Patel grew up in Mesa with a little something of an entrepreneurial spirit. As an adult, that manifested in opening a home stability and automation firm. But right after he marketed that off, he started out wanting for the upcoming detail.

“One of the matters that I was just about fascinated with was carrying out a barbershop,” Patel explained. “On free of charge time, I would travel about and glance into barbershops, and I normally thought that the vibe was cool.”

These drives also showed him that the spot lacked barbershops with a much more modern day experience, he claimed, so in 2017, Patel opened a person of his individual in Gilbert, Nico’s Barber Store, even though he did not know how to slice hair. He expanded into a next shop in Mesa previous year.

“I did not even know a barber,” he mentioned. “I was just praying it would function out.”

It did perform out, Patel said. He assembled a small workforce to do the work that 1st year, and he would get them began each individual working day in advance of running off to go to college to learn the trade.

Patel assumed possibly he would find out just sufficient to know what his barbers were undertaking, but he discovered he liked cutting hair and now does it four times a 7 days, he reported.

On the business side, Patel established out to build a tradition in the store exactly where it would be a place not just to get your hair lower, but to develop up in. Towards that end, Patel has stickers and shirts, has formulated a line of hair merchandise and decorates the store in holiday getaway themes.

Past that, Patel has proven a “Look superior, do good” theme that is painted on his store wall. For just about every haircut presented in the shop, a meal is donated to Feed My Starving Little ones, and the store has donated extra than 35,000 meals to date.

The shop’s barbers also go to the Kid Disaster Centre once a thirty day period to give absolutely free haircuts and verify in with the children there. Patel said he thinks the social mission is fifty percent of what they do.

“It’s how we desired to make an impact,” he claimed. “This is a particular feeling, but I experience like it is virtually irresponsible to have a business and not give back in some way.”

What is in a name?

The name “Nico’s Barber Shop” comes from Patel’s 4-calendar year-outdated son, Nico. “We had all these distinct thoughts and names, and then, we at last stated to ourselves, ‘We will need to discover something effortless, something that people today can bear in mind, something that sticks,’” Rajiv Patel claimed. “And then, he was just sitting down ideal there at the time. He was 2 years old, so we were being like, ‘Oh, Nico’s. Let us just call it ‘Nico’s.’” But do not consider Nico has not considering that gained the identify: He served exam products when Patel designed his line of hair goods.

Nico’s Barber Store

1614 N. Higley Highway, Ste. 102, Gilbert


Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun.