Get more than just a 'quality cut' at this Wilmington barber shop
This Friday, June 19th is Juneteenth. It is the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. One of the ways to celebrate Juneteenth is to support black owned businesses. Every day this week we will feature a different black owned business in the Cape Fear region. The feature will be posted here on Cape Fear Weekend and it will also air on WECT News in the 5:30 p.m. newscast. Read more about the history of Juneteenth by clicking here.
“You’ll never meet a stranger coming into the barbershop,” Quail’s Quality Cuts owner Quail Alston says.
Quail’s Quality Cuts has been open in Wilmington at their Castle Street location for the past two years now but the business itself has been operating for over 30 years.
Alston describes the barbershop as a neighborhood barbershop where everyone is treated like family.
The barbers and cosmetologists that work there love getting to know their customers so much so that sometimes people will just come in to talk and not even get a haircut.
One of the cosmetologists, Darrius White, specializes in creating designs on people’s head.
White loves to draw so he can make just about any idea come to life on your head.
“It’s something I’ve loved to do for a long time,” White says. “To have other people feel the same way I do because I cut their hair, or if I gave them a design, it means the world.”
White said he figured out the basics of how to make designs on people’s heads when he was 13. His dad gave him his first pair of adjustable clippers and he ended up making Bart Simpson in his cousin’s head.
The pandemic has certainly given the shop its fair share of hard times over the past couple of months, but they also had to endure another tragedy in 2018.
Before being in its current location on Castle Street, Quail’s Quality Cuts was located in what used to be the Village Plaza on Greenfield Street.
In the spring of 2018, the entire plaza burnt down in a massive fire, taking Quail’s Quality Cuts with it.
Luckily the very next day Quail found a new spot for his shop.
“Mr. Barfield, most people know him in this town, he’s a real good guy. He really looked out for us and he blessed us with this shop,” Quail said. “And here we are.”
From the fire, to hurricane Florence, the pandemic, and now working their way through and advocating for the Black Lives Matter movement, they continue to stay positive.
“[The shop] is where the conversation goes,” Alston said. “You get to hear everybody’s views and what people think about what’s really going on out there. You get a whole diverse conversation about it. We’re all in this together, we’ve got to stay on one accord.”
For more information on Quail’s Quality Cuts, check out their Facebook page here.
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