We had the good fortune of connecting with Branden Gamble and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Branden, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I worked in technical fields most of my life and was not satisfied with my situation. What had held me back was the security of having a well paying job with benefits and pension, it is hard to walk away from that. Eventually a day came when I was sitting on the edge of my bed at 5am and was supposed to be getting myself ready for work and instead I was thinking up excuses to call in sick. That was when I realized that I was miserable and made the conscious choice I did not want to be miserable any longer.

When I made the choice to stay away from a technical career, I had always had barbering in the back of my mind. Doing the math and deciding you could make a good living doing so, I chose to take off for the 10 months of required Barber College education and then complete the state exams for my license after graduating.

Once I became a licensed barber, the thought of “if you think you can do better, then put your money where your mouth is” came to mind so I decided I would loan the business that I created the money it needed to get up and running.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Redbeard’s Gentleman Barbershop is a small shop with a more comfortable inviting environment. We have brought a lot of the personality out to the forefront to avoid a sterile cookie cutter atmosphere. We are fortunate enough to be the first barbershop in Northern Marana to service so many of the old and new residence just moving in.

Creating the shop itself took a large amount of time and effort, I had my hands on every aspect of the shop from the floors to the ceiling and all parts in between.

Redbeard’s brand relies heavily on people knowing they will be treated with dignity when they sit down in our chairs and given respect.

It is still a young shop but has made giant strides in growth within our community and expects to continue for many years to come.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of the first places I would take someone to have alate lunch early dinner would be to Wildflower on Oracle and Ina. We have gone several times and have never been disappointed with the food, service or pricing. i recommend the Bolognaise.

To give them a uniquely Tucson experience we would take then for a quick hike up Tumamoc Hill and let them see the view of the city. Then a drive up to Mnt. Lemon.

The desert museum would also be on our list of places to visit.

We would need to to introduce them to many of the more local eateries and also get them a Sonoran dog, I for one did not know what they were until I moved out here.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Recognition goes fully to my fiancé’ Derya, for fully supporting me without hesitation, in pursuing a completely out there idea of leaving a technical field and starting a career and business in something I had no prior knowledge of or influence from.

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