We had the good fortune of connecting with Cruze and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cruze, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I looked at it as an opportunity to start over and take what I’ve learned my entire career and put it into something that I could be proud of. I was already a barber but I wanted to create an environment that people really enjoyed. A place where everyone could have a group discussion about anything from sports to current events and things we all deal with on a daily. Anyone could give a haircut but what we try to do is build a relationship with every client and doing that is a lot easier when everyone has the same vision.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a barber. Growing up my mother owned a salon so I was always around this kind of environment. Later on my sister and brother became barbers. I looked at it like “if they can do it I can do it.” I love it from my first day of barber school.
Being a barber was a pretty easy decision for me but for some people it’s tough. As a barber you have to be discipline enough to sit in the barbershop and wait for walk-ins to come. At first it’s a slow process but just like everything else you have to put your time into your craft to get where you want to be. Some days you may not cut anyone’s hair and other days you may be booked up but you have to love the craft. That’s the only way you’ll be able to keep going.
This year I finally got a chance to open my own barber studio. In times like the ones we are currently living in I feel like people want to come to a place that’s not as crowded. There are only 2 of us but between the 2 of us we have over 15 years of experience behind the chair. This has been my biggest accomplishment thus far.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am from Iowa so I know that if I have a friend come visit me I’m going got show them everything we don’t have back home.
First I would take them to Biscuit’s Cafe because I love their almond French toast and I am a big breakfast guy. Before they leave we’d also have to stop by sugar jam in Scottsdale. We would absolutely have to go to top golf even if I’m not good at golf. I love to shop so I would try to take them to as many malls as possible in case they find something they can’t get back home. In Iowa we use to have a Genghis grill when I was a kid so that’s a must. We would have to finish the week with a suns game and a night out somewhere in west gate or old town Scottsdale.
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?
My grandmother. She said some things to me at a young age that really hit me later in life. She always reminded me that progress isn’t always easy but it’s always worth it.