advertisement

BOONE LIFE: Down at the barbershop

Monday, February 15, 2010 | 4:18 p.m. CST; updated 10:15 p.m. CST, Monday, February 15, 2010
JT's Cutz is owned by James Carter, a black man, and that is not very common, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Results from the most recent available survey data of Boone County show the number of businesses owned by black people in the county is too low to be reported statistically.

COLUMBIA  — In a small barbershop at the Parkade Center in Columbia, amid the hum of the clippers and the whoosh of hair aprons being put on, there's another common sound — laughter.

JT's Cutz barbershop, owned by Columbia resident James Carter, serves not only as a barber shop, but also as a place to hang out, talk and have a good time, Carter said.

The shop is a bit of a rarity in Boone County because it is a business owned by a black person. According to the 2002 U.S. Census Bureau survey of Boone County business owners, the number of businesses owned by black people in Boone County is too low to be statistically reported.

Carter said he is unsure why there are so few businesses owned by black people in Columbia, but said it could be due to the competitive business market in the county.

"You know everybody needs a haircut," he said. "As far as something like the restaurant business, you know, there's so much competition it's hard to stay open doing other things."

Although more recent census data will be released in early 2011, Carter said that in the years he has been open, little has changed in the climate for businesses owned by black people.

"You don't really see to many new ones open up," he said.

But right now, business is good for Carter. On any given Saturday afternoon, you can see old friends meeting up, children laughing (or crying at the sight of the barber's chair) and the the pulse of life that flows through his shop.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements