By CHARITY B. SMITH
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK — Grant Foley, 23, is already ahead of his game having opened a successful barber shop in East Lansing near the campus of Michigan State University two years ago.
“When he told me he wanted to go to barber school, it came out of left field, but it has proven to be very successful,” said Joanne Foley, his mother and one of his financial backers. “They are swamped.”
His parents had saved enough money for a four-year institution, so with the leftover money, as barber school is only a two-year program, his parents, Joann and Kevin Foley, along with his older brother, Nick, helped him purchase a shop.
Now the young entrepreneur is bringing his business back to his hometown of Allen Park; Grand River Barber Co. officially opened its doors at 6525 Park Ave. in Allen Park July 11.
“I’m originally from Allen Park,” Grant Foley said. “I opened my first store in Lansing, because I went to school out there. It’s done really well and my goal was always to come back home to Allen Park.”
Grand River Barber Co. specializes in being able to do all types of hair.
“Most barbershops are stereotypical,” Grant Foley said. “White guys go to this shop; black guys go to that shop. We can do both. We pride ourselves on being able to do anything and do it well. We can do all hair textures.”
The shop is designed to make young men feel comfortable.
“We try and be unique,” Grant Foley said. “We have Xbox for guys to play, along with two big screen TVs to watch sports. We try and make it a cool atmosphere for guys to hangout,” Grant Foley said. “We kinda bring a newer feel to the barber shop.”
The new shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Discounts are offered to police and firefighters, along with senior citizens and students.
The store can be seen online at grandriverbarberco.com or on Facebook under “Grand River Barber Company.”
(Charity B. Smith can be reached at [email protected].)