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“When I was in high school, I always wanted to be an electronic engineer. I like to draw, I want to make blueprints, I want to be an architect. I like houses. ‘Well, I wanted to do something on the side’. So I signed up for a home inspection class and then it just went from there. I was the only female in my class. I was the only African American in the class. And I was the first woman to ever complete the course at Delta.

I really liked it; inspecting homes is like a haircut because every haircut is different. Every home is different. Every home is different. I really enjoy it. I have done 39–I number them–every time I do them, I number them. I have inspected 39 homes so far. From here to Detroit.

My snow removal–I have a contract now with a nursing home. I had it years ago, maybe back in 2000-2001. I had started a snow removal business, and then I ended up getting into an accident in my truck. Last year, I was like, ‘I'm going to start it again’. But I have a son also, so I would just think about the kids, so I started last year.

Last year, I was just all over with it. If anybody called, I would go plow the snow. But this year, I'm only doing commercial properties. Because I took my blade last year in a driveway for $25, so I said ‘I’m not doing that’ because now I'm out $5000, so no. Since I have a contract, it’s fine. I don't have to worry about it. But then I have my own parking lot, and I enjoy doing it. I tell my son he can do driveways if he likes, but I'm not doing them. I'm just trying to send my kids up. So if something happened to me, they'll be okay.

It's really about never giving up. Don't get me wrong, it is hard if you're a felon coming out because some people don't hire felons. But at the end of the day, we are designed to have our own. You have to tap into what you like, and what you enjoy doing. Because if you don't enjoy doing it, you'll never be successful at it. Period. And anyone can start a business, but everyone's not a boss. It's easy to start a business–it is. But everyone's not a boss.

Some people do it–you can't do it for the money, you have to really enjoy what you have. I look at it as a hobby. If you're not doing anything to become the master of what you're doing, you're not going to enjoy it. You have to really want to do it, because I have stopped barbers that don't come and work for me and my businesses. Their hearts weren’t in it. They went to barber school, they knew ‘Yeah, I can make some money’, but their heart? It wasn't in it. They quit, and done other things. But if you give your time and effort, you will be able to fulfill and succeed to greater levels and higher success.”

- Brandy Hines Jackson, Unique Cuts & Massage
“We offer cuts and shaves. My cousin does hair, we shave, styling color, it's really a barber shop. But my cousin is also a stylist too. It’s like a Beauty Barber.

I'd say Unique Cuts is a place like home. Everybody is warm to everybody. When they come, they are like, ‘Dang!’ It's an experience. Unique Cuts on Court Street, it's a big house. It's a house front. So it really feel like a home when you come in, even though it's set up like a shop.
Talking and meeting new people. Sometimes I sit there, and I'm their counselor. I love making people feel good and look good. I have people get in my chair like last night. I got one of my clients and I've been cutting his hair for years, but he hadn’t been getting his hair cut throughout the whole pandemic. So I haven't seen him in a year, but I texted him. And I'm like, ‘It's time for you to get your haircut’. After I got done with his hair last night, he was like, ‘Oh my God, I needed this!’. He just felt great. He just hugged me and hugged me. I like making people feel good and look good of course.

I say it’s like a man cave. It's where you can let your hair down, you can kick back, talk about your wife, talk about sports, it's like the clubhouse. When everyone's welcoming, you know everybody, everybody knows you, everybody knows your name. If you're new to it, everyone is going to welcome you. Now it's somebody telling jokes over here, maybe playing chess over there, or you have your clients; I have a couple of clients that will come to the shop every day, but they've been with me for years. So I call them my Barbershop Men. They just come hang– ‘Guys, you alright? You need something?’ But they come. If I'm at work, they stop by. It's like the clubhouse.

I always say this little thing in my chair. I always tell people as a joke, ‘Listen, you my man as long as you in my chair! So I'm gonna make sure you look real good. We have a whole relationship when you're in a chair!”

- Brandy Hines Jackson, Unique Cuts & Massage
“It was September 18th of ‘08 when I walked out of prison. It was a blessing, but I had nothing. My husband left me while I was there and I only had enough money to buy me some toothpaste and a toothbrush. When I walked out, God let me know ‘You don't trust man. You don't put your faith in man, you put your faith in me’. That hit me like a ton of bricks, and so I stopped putting faith in man and gave all my faith to God, that he was gonna show me the way. I left prison and went to go live with my grandparents because I had nowhere else to go.

I was there for six months and then started looking for a more permanent place to stay. Eight months later, I found my location on Court Street. It was God’s doing because I found a place to restart my business and a place to live because there was an apartment on top of the shop. So me and my children moved there and I started the business downstairs.

Six months after opening that, I was blessed with another shop, not even looking for it! A man came in, he was like ‘Don’t you want another shop?’ I was like ‘No’. He asked for a meeting, and I met with him. We talked and he asked what I could afford for it, and he says, ‘Well, can you afford $900 a month?’ I said, ‘Absolutely not’. And mind you, after I opened I had been out a year, I'm steadily trying to build. And I say, ‘Well, $500?’ He says ‘$600’. I said, ‘Well, okay, I can do that’. And then he said, ‘Well meet me at the bank so I can give you your key’.

So that's how I got shop number two.

Shop number three was downtown.

I was working at the psychological place in town. I was doing some counseling as a life coach. I came out of work one day, and there was a sign outside of the building that said ‘For Rent’. I looked in the window, I was like, ‘I need another shop’. And a guy came out. The owner of the building, actually. He was like, ‘You can see it right now!’ So I stepped in the building. It was so huge, it was like a block long and I was like, ‘Wow!’

I told him my situation. I'm like, ‘Well if you do a background check, you won't rent to me. I'm a felon’. And he was like, ‘Oh, no problem! Everyone does something’. We just chit chatted and I was like, ‘How much do you want?’ He said, ‘$400 a month’. I’m like, ‘Why not?’

My initial plan was to never move out from my grandparents and never to get another shop. I'm just gonna rent and just save. I was even planning on moving. But that was my plan, it wasn't God's plan. It wasn't meant for me to go anywhere. God has to be where he wants me to be. Because every time I try to move or try to do something different, it doesn't work.

I only have the shop on Court Street now, but the experience taught me to get in tune and in line with your higher power and listen to God. You have to pay attention because sometimes things happen in our life for a reason. Sometimes God wants us to be still. With me being incarcerated, that was my time to be still and learning to listen.

It was a lesson learned, but I don't want to go back.”

- Brandy Hines Jackson, Unique Cuts & Massage
“I had gotten into a little bit of trouble and my father suggested that I go to cosmetology school because he was a cosmetologist. I didn't want to do hair. I wasn't interested in doing hair. I didn't play with dolls growing up, I put together model cars and I've always been a tomboy. I played basketball, I played soccer, I played hockey, I did everything that the girls didn't do. And he was like, ‘Well, why don't you try barber school out?’

In barber school, you do 2000 hours. They teach you the techniques of cutting hair, you learn the chemicals, the shaving method, you have to learn the anatomy of the body and the do's and the don'ts.

I did it and I loved it. I only knew of a couple of female barbers when I was growing up. But now it's more common; like my daughter cuts hair now and I know a couple of other female barbers. You'll see that more often now than way back in the day because it was a man thing.

People tried to get me to stay in Detroit to cut hair. But I always told them, ‘No, I'm going back home to open up a barber shop’. I finished school, came back home and walked into the Bearinger Building because there was a barbershop in there and the owner was selling. I ended up getting it for $1,050. A whole barbershop, complete! All I had to do was go in there and paint! That’s the only thing I did was paint. It was a great start. An easy start, actually, starting a business for $1,050.

But right around that time, my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer with only nine months to live. Nothing people can say can prepare you for losing your mom like that. She passed away when she was only 49. Only 49! I just lost hope.

I started self-destructing. I was in denial. I didn't care about anything because I didn't know how to live without my mother. I turned to drugs and things got bad.

I tried to hide my feelings and act happy for my kids who were young at the time. I cried every day in the shower for a year so my kids wouldn’t see me. I started taking care of my little sister, who was 12. I raised her, took custody of her, and just tried moving forward but still hurting every day. But it really was hard because I never knew what it was to live without my mom.

It wasn't until 10 years later while I was incarcerated to finally accept her passing. February of ‘06.

Being incarcerated is a world inside a world. You have to turn your lights off when they tell you, you have to lock down when they tell you, you have to ask to use the restroom, you have to eat at a certain time. You have to walk everywhere you go. You’re under the control of someone else: if they say, ‘Get down on your knees’, you had to get down on your knees. If they say, ‘You can't eat’, you can't eat. If you want to ask to go to the bathroom, they tell you ‘No’, guess what? You can't go.

But it’s also what you make it. I made it make me a better woman. Before my being in prison, I had lost who I was. But while I was there, I was able to find myself–who I had lost. It made me stronger as an individual and helped me to appreciate and love freedom. To see what I really had.

I don’t wish prison on nobody. But there in prison, I found myself again and got my life back.”

- Brandy Hines Jackson, Unique Cuts & Massage

Come back tomorrow for part two of Brandy's story!

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“It was September 18th of ‘08 when I walked out of prison. It was a blessing, but I had nothing. My husband left me while I was there and I only had enough money to buy me some toothpaste and a toothbrush. When I walked out, God let me know ‘You don't trust man. You don't put your faith in man, you put your faith in me’. That hit me like a ton of bricks, and so I stopped putting faith in man and gave all my faith to God, that he was gonna show me the way. I left prison and went to go live with my grandparents because I had nowhere else to go.

I was there for six months and then started looking for a more permanent place to stay. Eight months later, I found my location on Court Street. It was God’s doing because I found a place to restart my business and a place to live because there was an apartment on top of the shop. So me and my children moved there and I started the business downstairs.

Six months after opening that, I was blessed with another shop, not even looking for it! A man came in, he was like ‘Don’t you want another shop?’ I was like ‘No’. He asked for a meeting, and I met with him. We talked and he asked what I could afford for it, and he says, ‘Well, can you afford $900 a month?’ I said, ‘Absolutely not’. And mind you, after I opened I had been out a year, I'm steadily trying to build. And I say, ‘Well, $500?’ He says ‘$600’. I said, ‘Well, okay, I can do that’. And then he said, ‘Well meet me at the bank so I can give you your key’.

So that's how I got shop number two.

Shop number three was downtown.

I was working at the psychological place in town. I was doing some counseling as a life coach. I came out of work one day, and there was a sign outside of the building that said ‘For Rent’. I looked in the window, I was like, ‘I need another shop’. And a guy came out. The owner of the building, actually. He was like, ‘You can see it right now!’ So I stepped in the building. It was so huge, it was like a block long and I was like, ‘Wow!’

I told him my situation. I'm like, ‘Well if you do a background check, you won't rent to me. I'm a felon’. And he was like, ‘Oh, no problem! Everyone does something’. We just chit chatted and I was like, ‘How much do you want?’ He said, ‘$400 a month’. I’m like, ‘Why not?’

My initial plan was to never move out from my grandparents and never to get another shop. I'm just gonna rent and just save. I was even planning on moving. But that was my plan, it wasn't God's plan. It wasn't meant for me to go anywhere. God has to be where he wants me to be. Because every time I try to move or try to do something different, it doesn't work.

I only have the shop on Court Street now, but the experience taught me to get in tune and in line with your higher power and listen to God. You have to pay attention because sometimes things happen in our life for a reason. Sometimes God wants us to be still. With me being incarcerated, that was my time to be still and learning to listen.

It was a lesson learned, but I don't want to go back.”

- Brandy Hines Jackson, Unique Cuts & Massage

01/05/2022

“It was September 18th of ‘08 when I walked out of prison. It was a blessing, but I had nothing. My husband left me while I was there and I only had enough money to buy me some toothpaste and a toothbrush. When I walked out, God let me know ‘You don't trust man. You don't put your faith in man, you put your faith in me’. That hit me like a ton of bricks, and so I stopped putting faith in man and gave all my faith to God, that he was gonna show me the way. I left prison and went to go live with my grandparents because I had nowhere else to go.

I was there for six months and then started looking for a more permanent place to stay. Eight months later, I found my location on Court Street. It was God’s doing because I found a place to restart my business and a place to live because there was an apartment on top of the shop. So me and my children moved there and I started the business downstairs.

Six months after opening that, I was blessed with another shop, not even looking for it! A man came in, he was like ‘Don’t you want another shop?’ I was like ‘No’. He asked for a meeting, and I met with him. We talked and he asked what I could afford for it, and he says, ‘Well, can you afford $900 a month?’ I said, ‘Absolutely not’. And mind you, after I opened I had been out a year, I'm steadily trying to build. And I say, ‘Well, $500?’ He says ‘$600’. I said, ‘Well, okay, I can do that’. And then he said, ‘Well meet me at the bank so I can give you your key’.

So that's how I got shop number two.

Shop number three was downtown.

I was working at the psychological place in town. I was doing some counseling as a life coach. I came out of work one day, and there was a sign outside of the building that said ‘For Rent’. I looked in the window, I was like, ‘I need another shop’. And a guy came out. The owner of the building, actually. He was like, ‘You can see it right now!’ So I stepped in the building. It was so huge, it was like a block long and I was like, ‘Wow!’

I told him my situation. I'm like, ‘Well if you do a background check, you won't rent to me. I'm a felon’. And he was like, ‘Oh, no problem! Everyone does something’. We just chit chatted and I was like, ‘How much do you want?’ He said, ‘$400 a month’. I’m like, ‘Why not?’

My initial plan was to never move out from my grandparents and never to get another shop. I'm just gonna rent and just save. I was even planning on moving. But that was my plan, it wasn't God's plan. It wasn't meant for me to go anywhere. God has to be where he wants me to be. Because every time I try to move or try to do something different, it doesn't work.

I only have the shop on Court Street now, but the experience taught me to get in tune and in line with your higher power and listen to God. You have to pay attention because sometimes things happen in our life for a reason. Sometimes God wants us to be still. With me being incarcerated, that was my time to be still and learning to listen.

It was a lesson learned, but I don't want to go back.”

- Brandy Hines Jackson, Unique Cuts & Massage

01/03/2022

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“I had gotten into a little bit of trouble and my father suggested that I go to cosmetology school because he was a cosmetologist. I didn't want to do hair. I wasn't interested in doing hair. I didn't play with dolls growing up, I put together model cars and I've always been a tomboy. I played basketball, I played soccer, I played hockey, I did everything that the girls didn't do. And he was like, ‘Well, why don't you try barber school out?’

In barber school, you do 2000 hours. They teach you the techniques of cutting hair, you learn the chemicals, the shaving method, you have to learn the anatomy of the body and the do's and the don'ts.

I did it and I loved it. I only knew of a couple of female barbers when I was growing up. But now it's more common; like my daughter cuts hair now and I know a couple of other female barbers. You'll see that more often now than way back in the day because it was a man thing.

People tried to get me to stay in Detroit to cut hair. But I always told them, ‘No, I'm going back home to open up a barber shop’. I finished school, came back home and walked into the Bearinger Building because there was a barbershop in there and the owner was selling. I ended up getting it for $1,050. A whole barbershop, complete! All I had to do was go in there and paint! That’s the only thing I did was paint. It was a great start. An easy start, actually, starting a business for $1,050.

But right around that time, my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer with only nine months to live. Nothing people can say can prepare you for losing your mom like that. She passed away when she was only 49. Only 49! I just lost hope.

I started self-destructing. I was in denial. I didn't care about anything because I didn't know how to live without my mother. I turned to drugs and things got bad.

I tried to hide my feelings and act happy for my kids who were young at the time. I cried every day in the shower for a year so my kids wouldn’t see me. I started taking care of my little sister, who was 12. I raised her, took custody of her, and just tried moving forward but still hurting every day. But it really was hard because I never knew what it was to live without my mom.

It wasn't until 10 years later while I was incarcerated to finally accept her passing. February of ‘06.

Being incarcerated is a world inside a world. You have to turn your lights off when they tell you, you have to lock down when they tell you, you have to ask to use the restroom, you have to eat at a certain time. You have to walk everywhere you go. You’re under the control of someone else: if they say, ‘Get down on your knees’, you had to get down on your knees. If they say, ‘You can't eat’, you can't eat. If you want to ask to go to the bathroom, they tell you ‘No’, guess what? You can't go.

But it’s also what you make it. I made it make me a better woman. Before my being in prison, I had lost who I was. But while I was there, I was able to find myself–who I had lost. It made me stronger as an individual and helped me to appreciate and love freedom. To see what I really had.

I don’t wish prison on nobody. But there in prison, I found myself again and got my life back.”

- Brandy Hines Jackson, Unique Cuts & Massage

Come back tomorrow for part two of Brandy's story!

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1502 Court St
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