I have always wondered how these mom/pop stores and barbershops in the community stayed abreast with the ever changing and fluctuation of the economy. And when I received the chance to interview Mr. Anthony Graves, I found my answer. The answer is when you care enough about your community you will make things happen.
Mr. Anthony Graves has always known since day one that he wanted to be a barber. He says “It is always something I wanted to do, because I love to create, I love people, children and the community.” He remembers when he was growing up he loved going to the barbershop and said that his barber had a big influence on him.
The place where Mr. Graves’s barbershop resides now was once a barbershop before but was really on it’s last leg of being closed down for good until the opportunity was presented to him to take it over. And that’s exactly what he did; he merged his shop with the old shop named Modernistic and re-birthed the business entirely.
I asked how was he able to turn around a business that was no longer thriving? He explained that the shop needed a resurge of new energy, new customers and then a change-up on the inside and because of that; the person who wanted to get rid of the shop and leave for good, was now encouraged to stay as Mr. Graves provided her with hope and a new inspiration of how things should be, (And she is now like his grandmother). I love that! I asked Mr. Graves what does he think the barbershop does for the community?
He responded: “it’s a place of information for kids, family, single parents. A lot of times for single parents that have sons they are pleased that their son’s have a place to be. I’m really in tune with their kids. I provide them advice, guidance as well as jobs and I’ve helped raise a lot of kids and it’s a rewarding experience. It’s great that I can help young boys grow to become prominent young men.” Mr. Graves says, that he was suited to be a barber and that a barber is a corner stone of any community. The fellow’s get together and talk on a level we’re all familiar with like sports, politics,
advice and opinions of many things. And yes just in case you were wondering, Mr. Graves has children too! (Smile)
And I know while reading this story what you’re wondering; his last name is Graves, so is there is any relation? Well, we have found that we both have family in the south and we’re going to look into it. So this is to be continued… (We think we may be lost cousins. We’ll see!). You can find Mr. Graves shop located at 1760 West El Segundo Boulevard, Gardena, California 90249 and the name of it is Modernistic/Barber Anthony G.
Mr. Anthony Graves is a Master Mason (Executive Lodge 69) and is the Vice President of the Executive Men’s Club that provide scholarships for students of a certain G.P.A requirement as well as sponsor many charities. They will be providing a Halloween Haunted House for children of the neighborhood at 5904 South Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90003. He is also an Usher at West Los Angeles Church and has been for three years. Thank you Mr. Graves for being a strong pillar in our community and not minding the responsibility it takes to be a wonderful influence on our today’s youth. California Crusaders Newspaper Salutes you! Keep up the good work. We've got our eye on you!
Posted 21st October 2011 by ccn