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Urban Barbershop opens at Majestic

March 23, 2019

There has been a change in ownership at the barbershop in the Burfield & Remington building (Majestic Center), 150 N. Schuyler Ave., in downtown Kankakee.

The Legacy Barbershop operated by Joseph Bruce has been sold to Jessica Wright, of Kankakee. Wright has renamed the business, Urban Barbershop Co., and moved the location to the ground floor level.

Wright, a 2010 graduate of Herscher High School, took over the Legacy shop at the beginning of March. She moved the shop out of the basement level and the three-chair shop is located in Suite 106.

The business is open by appointment-only on Monday; but to walk-in customers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

To contact the business, call 815-304-4146 or book an appointment on Facebook @urbanbarbershopco.

The shop is open to men and women. Wright said two chairs are for men and the third is for women customers. She noted the shop also offers hot towel treatments for men.

Wright has been a licensed cosmetologist for six years and a licensed barber for one year. Two others also work at the shop.

She noted the shop offers free Happy Monday Coffee, the brand roasted by Majestic co-owner Terrance Hooper.

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Haircuts will be another item which can be purchased inside the Meijer store in Bradley.

Great Clips franchisee Bina Sapra, of Naperville, will open her seventh barbershop in Illinois and Indiana. She currently operates the Great Clips in the Bradley Commons Shopping Center in Bradley.

In addition to the two Bradley locations, Sapra also has shops in Homewood, Orland Park and Tinley Park, as well as Munster and Hammond, Ind.

The 1,000-square-foot, six-chair shop opened this weekend with a ribbon cutting. The shop is located at the front of the store near the produce department.

Sapra explored the idea of opening in the Meijer for about eight months. The Bradley Commons location has been open for 15 years.

“I think this will bring us a different client than our other Bradley store. Kankakee County has been very good to us,” she said.

The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Russell Lind, the co-owner of Papi’s Pizza Cafe, 150 E. Station St., has been in business since July 2017.

If business doesn’t increase, it might not be around to see July 2019.

Lind wrote in a recent Facebook post the business is struggling, and if things do not change, he and his wife, Laura, will be forced to close.

Operating a small business can be harsh. Operating a food service business can be even more difficult. Studies vary, but some place the failure rate of hospitality businesses at 59 percent during the first three years.

“We greatly enjoy serving this community and providing you with the highest quality food and service,” he wrote. He noted business began to take a downturn about six months ago, and they are having increased difficulties to pay the overhead required to keep the doors open.

“We hope Kankakee will provide us with the support we need to continue serving this great community but if not we would like to thank you all for the love and patronage you have shown us thus far,” he wrote.

The end could come as early at next week.

Contacted this week, Lind said business has declined by one-third. He said the business cost $16,000 a month to operate in terms of rent, utilities and fees. That cost, he said, does not include food and labor costs.

“We knew operating this business would be difficult. ... As of right now we are keeping our heads down and moving forward. We are not throwing in the towel by any means,” he said.

However, he said customers are required.

“We hear so many positive things. But we wonder where are the people,” he said.

The Bourbonnais couple leases the Papi’s space from Peotone businessman Adam Baumgartner.