By Alicia Dziak
Do you or the man in your life need a good old fashioned hair cut from one of the best in the business? A visit with Springville’s own JP Nabozny will not disappoint.
Nabozny opened his shop, The Barbershop Soli Deo Gloria, in the 56 East Main Street building in September 2013. While he wasn’t actively looking to move, he said that a customer suggested he look into the former Root 39 Salon building, located just up the road at 271 West Main Street. Nabozny reached out to the building’s owner, Angie Shaver, and they were able to come up with a rental agreement.
Since the building was formerly a salon, much of the “shell” remained the same.
The layout was already open, but Nabozny had a friend construct two new barber stations (which means he’ll soon be looking to hire a second barber!) and a reception desk where he will cash out customers. He added fresh paint and put his own twist on the space by adding his sports memorabilia and TVs. “I wanted it to look like a man cave and not like a salon,” Nabozny added.
The barbershop will also feature a coffee bar area in the newly opened-up kitchen space.
The building’s second floor boasts three additional rooms, and Nabozny envisions a tattoo shop eventually taking over up there.
Nabozny, an SGI graduate, got his start in cutting hair while he was still in high school. “My mom used to cut my hair and my brother’s hair herself to save a buck. My brother and I soon decided that we would just cut each other’s hair. It couldn’t have been any worse than what my mom did!” he joked. Soon, Nabozny started cutting his own hair and using the school’s locker room to cut his friends’ hair.
Nabozny was running short on credits (for graduation) and his counselor suggested he attend the cosmetology program at the Ormsby Center. He took his counselor’s advice, attended the program, finished up at Potter Road, graduated on time (in 2002) and the rest is history.
“I found my identity in cutting hair,” Nabozny noted.
From there, “I was really fortunate to work with some old timers who taught me a lot,” Nabozny said, adding that when he was 26 years old working in one local “old time” barbershop with seven other barbers, the next youngest barber was 62, with the others being in their 70s and 80s.
For those who aren’t familiar with Latin, the name “Soli Deo Gloria” means “Glory to God Alone.”
“I struggled with addiction and had to close my first barbershop (in Springville) because of it,” Nabozny explained. “I went to a faith-based rehab program that changed my life.” A close friend helped him open his new shop and he named it “Soli Deo Gloria” to “try to remember where I was and how I got out of there,” Nabozny said.
Nabozny wanted to stay in Springville for many reasons. “This is where my roots are, where my family and friends are,” he said. “Springville was also in need of an old school barbershop.” Nabozny further expained that “old school” means a place geared toward men that offers shaves.
Nabozny’s business quickly took off, and anyone who gets their hair cut or knows someone who gets their hair cut by Nabozny, knows he has a loyal following.
“One of the most important things I’ve learned is to be consistent haircut after haircut,” Nabozny said.
To him, this means taking his time, every time. “I put 100 percent into every haircut,” he emphasized. “I won’t rush, even if people are waiting, and people don’t mind waiting because they know I’ll do the same for them.”
Nabozny is definitely a “people-person”— outgoing and welcoming.
“I love my job, I love meeting all kinds of people, and I think my haircuts reflect that,” he said.
The Barbershop Soli Deo Gloria, at 271 West Main Street, is open for business as of this week. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is closed Sunday and Monday. For more info, call 794-3140 or visit their Facebook page.