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Grab coffee, get a trim: Baristas, barbers work side-by-side

March 4, 2018

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When one of his tenants needed more space for her business, Johnny Jones saw an opportunity for the Thomasville community as a whole.

The Menz Room Hair & Beard Parlor at Twelve West Main had become so popular, it was booked up for appointments weeks in advance, said owner Shannon Pruitt.

Jones, who owns Twelve West Main, found a solution in the form of a building he bought at 3 E. Main St. across the railroad tracks, where he recently opened The Coffee Depot.

The full-service coffee shop includes three barber chairs in a separate space in the back at a new location for Pruitt’s business.

“I see all over the country people moving toward small coffee shops. It seems like it’s a draw and it’s a good place for people to enjoy their time without feeling rushed,” Jones said. “Our main goal is to be an impact on the community with love. We want people to feel like, when they come here, it’s a safe place they can sit and enjoy the community and leave their worries and issues outside the door.”

He’s hired Mike Sawyer to manage the coffee shop, which is open every day of the week except Sunday, from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It offers several coffee flavors, and its suppliers are two local roasters: Foster Hobbs in High Point and Perfect Blend in Lexington.

The menu includes other types of coffee drinks, like latte, frappuccino and espresso, as well as teas.

The Coffee Depot, which takes its name from its proximity to the railroad tracks and Thomasville’s historic depot, is within the same block as Chair City Restaurant & Catering, and Jones bought the space from the restaurant’s previous owners

“We did a lot of renovating in here,” he said. “We put in an industrial vintage type decor.”

The space housed a barbershop for years, which made it an appropriate second home for The Menz Room Hair & Beard Parlor space, Pruitt said.

Her childhood visits to the barber shop with her father served as inspiration for her business.

“It’s like an old-school barber shop; it has that nostalgia. Men come in and get a haircut and shave. We do straight-razor shaves, beard grooming and shaping,” she said. “I started there with zero clients. I just did social media and walked around passing out cards. I did everything I could, and it got to where I was booked up six weeks in advance.”

Pruitt opened at Twelve West Main in 2013. Her business can now serve more clients, as she has two barbers who rent space from her at the new location.

Jones bought Twelve West Main, which includes banquet space and office space for 20 businesses, about 10 years ago. He said he’s optimistic about the progress of redevelopment in the downtown area.

“It is growing,” he said. “There’s a lot of things happening in Thomasville, and we want to be part of it.”

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Information from: High Point Enterprise, http://www.hpenews.com

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