May 2012

Royal Razor Baltimore Barbershop Barber Shop Multicultural Black Latino BestAs part of the Royal Razor marketing plan, I feel video content will be an essential element to the coolness of the brand.  I want people to constantly look at the barbershop events and inner workings via video and wonder what they are missing out on when they are not there.

I just finished a meeting with two executives from a local video production company in Baltimore.  They seem to be really cool and full of ideas.  We had a great brain storming session where we threw around some thoughts about the goals and what the focus of the first two videos should be and how it can be achieved. It was a very productive meeting.

But as with all things for a small start up, it comes down to price.  There is always a battle between wanting to grow and project a cool, slick image with the realistic constraints of financial limitations.  So now I’m waiting to hear back from them with a proposal of work.

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Royal Razor Barbershop, in Baltimore, MD, will be offering grooming services for men such as fades, scissor cuts, and hot towel shaves.  The barbershop will specialize in cutting all hair types from black, Hispanic and other straight haired men.

Royal Razor
304 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Baltimore-Best-Barbershop-Barber-Shop-Black-Latino-Multicultural-Royal-RazorThis morning in Baltimore, Royal Razor Barbershop wakes up to its first press release.

This press release talks about the success I’ve had in raising capital for the business, the inspiration for solving a problem and starting the business, and a bit of a background about myself.

It’s a quick read and hopefully it will draw some additional positive attention to the barber shop.

Royal Razor Barbershop, in Baltimore, MD, will be offering grooming services for men such as fades, scissor cuts, and hot towel shaves.  The barbershop will specialize in cutting all hair types from black, Hispanic and other straight haired men.

Royal Razor
304 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Just a couple of hours ago, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development handed the barbershop a five figure check for Royal Razor’s development!

This is just another small personal and business success of Royal Razor.  In a time where people and companies trying to start and expand their business cannot find money, this small Baltimore start up has secured yet another major financial backer.  Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and PNC Bank are the two other organizations that have made funds available to Royal Razor.

It feels great that another outside entity took an objective look at my business plan, my personal character and find real validity and promise in my ideas enough to hand over a boat load of cash.

 

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

Nora Roberts
Bestselling American author

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Royal Razor Barbershop, in Baltimore, MD, will be offering grooming services for men such as fades, scissor cuts, and hot towel shaves.  The barbershop will specialize in cutting all hair types from black, Hispanic and other straight haired men.

Royal Razor
304 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Baltimore, I love going to the space because I can SEE Royal Razor Barbershop coming to life.

Just had an onsite construction meeting with the architect.  We went over the delays with floor sanding, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) meter installation, and fire system inspection.

The space is 70% complete and looks completely different now than just two short months ago.  Royal Razor’s move in date is 4 June and now I’m ordering barber chairs, grooming stations, and other furniture to arrive the first full week of June.

Please keep coming back to this site to get the latest information on the barbershop or go to its official Facebook fan page.

Royal Razor Barbershop, in Baltimore, MD, will be offering grooming services for men such as fades, scissor cuts, and hot towel shaves.  The barbershop will specialize in cutting all hair types from black, Hispanic and other straight haired men.

Royal Razor
304 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Baltimore, after five days of countless hours tweaking layout, colors, content, social media integration and other stuff, the Royal Razor Barbershop website is officially open.  I don’t want to say “complete” because a website should never be complete.  There is always adding of content and maintenance of behind the scene mechanics.

I would really appreciate any and all constructive criticism of my work.

Royal Razor Barbershop, in Baltimore, MD, will be offering grooming services for men such as fades, scissor cuts, and hot towel shaves.  The barbershop will specialize in cutting all hair types from black, Hispanic and other straight haired men.

Royal Razor
304 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Royal Razor Barbershop would like to thank The 401 blog for featuring us on its Baltimore blog.

The 401 blog is a blog detailing the growing business and community development of the City Center area of downtown Baltimore.

According to 2010 Census data, Baltimore’s Downtown area (Tract 401) is now its fastest-growing neighborhood. With a 130% increase to over 4,000 residents in the past decade, Downtown is rapidly accommodating its booming population with world-class restaurants, fantastic housing, parks and plazas and exciting nightlife.

And since Royal Razor is an Operation: Storefront WINNER and apart of the 401, I guess they felt it was appropriate to blog about this barbershop.  Thank you again!

Royal Razor Barbershop, in Baltimore, MD, will be offering grooming services for men such as fades, scissor cuts, and hot towel shaves.  The barbershop will specialize in cutting all hair types from black, Hispanic and other straight haired men.

Royal Razor
304 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Last night, I spoke with the architect and property manager about the completion of the construction. And of course, there are delays.

Some structural integrity issues with the shop facade need to be fixed and waiting for the power company to install a meter has pushed the timeline to the right.

I don’t mind delays…I even expect them.  I’ve been on too many home construction sites and engineering settings to know very rarely does any project finish on time.  Besides it gives me a bit more time to work out some internal kinks.

SEMPER GUMBY!

Royal Razor Barbershop, in Baltimore, MD, will be offering grooming services for men such as fades, scissor cuts, and hot towel shaves.  The barbershop will specialize in cutting all hair types from black, Hispanic and other straight haired men.

Royal Razor
304 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

I wanted to make sure people understand the all the work that goes into building a business.  It’s just not about the glamor of ownership, the dreams of financial success, or being the BOSS.  There is real sacrifice and discipline.  There is a lot of work and toughness needed with planning, making mistakes, negotiating, making more mistakes, pissing people off, being told “It won’t work”, losing money, and letting the world share in your vision.

So I’ll be sharing with you, the world, some of the behind the scenes development, mistakes, and accomplishments of Royal Razor.

Right now, I’m working on the look and content of the website.  There is still some color matching, logo size and placement issues, SEO configuration, and migration of content from the Royal Razor Facebook Fan Page to the website.

I’m no web genius but being a boot-strapping entrepreneur with a limited budget, I’m managing to make things work.

If you have any comments or questions about the website, please let me know.

Royal Razor Barbershop, in Baltimore, MD, will be offering grooming services for men such as fades, scissor cuts, and hot towel shaves.  The barbershop will specialize in cutting all hair types from black, Hispanic and other straight haired men.

Royal Razor
304 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201