Troy Staton’s Baltimore barbershop offers a lot more than just haircuts. There’s a busy schedule of events, including ‘shop talks’ with a mental health alliance and free dental screenings and eye exams for local kids.
That’s not to mention the gallery’s second life as an art space. Staton’s shop walls are adorned with work from three artists a year and the shop forms part of the Baltimore-wide Light City event.
“The barbershop is a community hub,” he says, “where people can come and be themselves.”
Come the warmer weather, Staton will be hosting community events offering food, music and family entertainment as part of their Summer Nights Series. The season culminates with the annual New Beginnings block party with spoken word, an oyster bar and the request to ‘bring your own chairs’.
“It’s my way of saying thank you to the community who have given so much to me, so freely, and allowed me to support my family.”