Jess I married in the Fall of 2011 in Seattle, the city I’d lived in my whole life. By the end of 2015, we were ready for a change of scene. The overcast, wet weather and the non stop gridlocked traffic were beginning to take their toll. Wanting to start our family in a place more conducive to a close, community oriented life, we began looking for a place to make that happen. Bend Oregon, Austin Texas, Santa Fe New Mexico and Flagstaff Arizona made the top four list so a multi week road trip was planned for early 2016 to explore our options. In November 2015, I decided to reach out to the one person I knew near any of those cities. I’d met Grant Quezada at church back in 2009 when Grant and his family had been living near Seattle. Grant (a Stylist and Army Ranger) had since moved back to his home town of Prescott to start the John Hancock Barbershop. The day I called, Grant had been driving to Phoenix we ended up talking for nearly two hours straight. Like long lost brothers, the connection was immediate and heart felt. At the end of that call, I texted Jess a few pictures of Prescott (and an overview of the general weather and climate statistics) and the new life was set in motion.
We rolled into town in our packed to the gills 4Runner February first 2016 and I started working at the John Hancock Barbershop (at that time located in a back alley behind Montezuma) two days later. By the end of April that year Jess and I had bought our dream home in West Prescott and the whole Southwest road trip had been cancelled. Since those early days, the dream of what Prescott could be has materialized into an incredible life…filled with friends, children and plenty of sunshine. The kid thing came together…. BIG TIME! We adopted a sibling group of three children (Amiera 10, Isaiah 8 and Emrys 3) in July of 2017 and we just celebrated the birth of our first bio baby (Jasiri) last September.
These years working with Grant, Jesse and the rest of the John Hancock team have been a huge blessing. Being able to focus exclusively on men’s grooming has allowed me to do thousands of haircuts while really get to know the people of Prescott and make dozens of life long friends. As John Hancock prepares to expand into Founding Fathers in 2019 (http://foundingfathersconcept.com/) the time seems right for me to step out into my own thing.
Our dream is to live and retire, to raise our kids and die one day right here in Prescott. We love this town…. the people, the landscape, the energy, the pace… it’s just right for us. I particularly love West Prescott and I have a dream to see this lesser known neighborhood at the base of the Butte evolve into a really cool, viable and vibrant community of its own in time. I only need 160 regulars to be as busy as I want to be. I’m half way there… I hope you’ll consider giving me an opportunity to show you how relaxing a haircut can be.