N Fashion Wireless & Kutz Barbershop
Owner Nate Hall relocates and drops fashions to concentrate on phones, barber/beauty shop
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8:49 p.m.
N Fashion Wireless & Kutz Barbershop is back on W. University Avenue after being located on N. Main Street for more than three years.
The business at 820 W. University Ave. is owned by Nate Hall, who originally started the business on W. University Avenue in a small business plaza next to the Holiday Inn on the corner of NW 13th Street.
Hall said he moved back to W. University Avenue from 627 N. Main St. because he wanted a location that is more visible to potential customers.
“I love this location because it has the kind of traffic I am looking for,” said Hall, explaining that he wanted a location that has a lot of foot traffic. “People walk pass here almost all day and night, and they stop at the traffic light out there, too, so this is a much more visible location than the one on Main Street.”
Hall said the move did not include the urban fashion wear that used to be a big part of the business because he wants to concentrate on selling mobile phones and accessories. The business also is a registered payment center for most mobile phone companies, including Airlink Mobile, Airvoice Wireless, Alltell Wireless, Boost Mobile, H2O Wireless, Net 10 Wireless, Page Plus Nationwide Prepaid Cellular Service, Simple Mobile, T-Mobile, TracFone Wireless, Verizon, Verizon Prepaid and Virgin Mobile.
Hall sells phones, phone accessories and prepaid services for Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Paylo by Virgin Mobile in the front part of the business.
In the back of the business, barbers Renardo Clark and Terell Myers and stylist Octavia Hayes, who specializes in braids and dreads, but can do other styles as well, work in the barber shop/beauty salon. Both businesses have their own entrances.
Clark, who was trained as a barber at College of Central Florida in Ocala, has been a professional barber for eight years, but he started cutting hair at the age of 12 in his neighborhood in Williston. He said he loves the new location because it is in the heart of Gainesville near the University of Florida campus.
“We get more walk-in customers here and location is everything when you are talking about building a successful business,” said Clark, 31, who graduated in 2000 from Williston High School.
Myers, 35, said his first experience as an untrained barber was cutting the hair of his little brother, the late Curtis Hampton Jr., who died in a car accident in 2007 along with former Eastside High School star basketball player Dante Anderson. Myers received his professional barber training eight years ago from Bly’s School of Cosmetology in Gainesville.
Myers, a 1996 Eastside High School graduate known for the way he cuts a tight fade haircut, said the new location is ideal because “it is in the center of Gainesville.”
Hall, 44, is married to Marlo Hall, and the couple has six children. He graduated from Eastside in 1986 before attending Morris Brown College in Atlanta, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Hall said he plans to eventually get back to selling urban fashions, but his plan right now includes becoming known as the place to purchase phones and phone accessories. He also is in the process of making renovations at the business to accommodate a photography studio because he also has a photography business.
“As a businessman, I don’t ever want to limit myself to just one source of income,” Hall said. “I will always have more than one type of business at all times so that I can keep a steady stream of revenue coming in at all times.”
However, Hall said he will continue to concentrate on growing his phone store.
“I like to educate people about the different packages that are available to them,” said Hall, who has been a registered Boost Mobile representative for four years. “Some people don’t understand that a child who likes to text and browse the web will do better with a service that satisfies what they like to do, while there are others, like more elderly people, whose best way to go might just be getting minutes on a phone for talking. “
Hours of operation are 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday for the barber shop and beauty salon and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 a.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday for the phone business.
The phone numbers are 352-275-1366 or 352-234-6488.