Thrifted's Women of YEG series continues today with Linda Ha of Barber Ha, a local classic barber shop. Barber Ha opened its doors in 2011 and has since grown a huge following. The men of Edmonton are looking good thanks to Linda and her team. Barber Ha offers straight shaves, clean cuts, and beard and moustache shaping. I have a pretty big lady crush on Linda - she's a single mother, full-time business owner, and all-around cool lady. Not only is Barber Ha the coolest barber shop in town, it's also been known to host some pretty awesome local rock shows. Find an interview with Linda below.
Why did you decide to open Barber Ha?
I've been in the hair industry for 17 years, and discovered barbering while working on cruise ships 7 years ago. I've always had an interest in men's grooming but didn't see an opportunity until now. There has been a renewed appreciation for the art of barbering in recent years and I knew that I wasn't the only one in Edmonton that thought that way. I took a chance and it worked out! Since opening, Barber Ha has become more than just a Barber Shop to me, we've become a community as well and hope to continue doing so.
What is your biggest challenge in owning and operating your own business?
Knowing who, what, when, and where to prioritize, and also how to properly implement and execute plans. Balance is a huge challenge for me. As a single parent running a business it can be tough sometimes. It's pretty much like having two kids, both almost equally as important but again, knowing what and when to prioritize is a must.
What do you find most rewarding about being an independent business owner?
Flexibility, specifically the environment that I work in, who I choose to work with, what organizations, other industries I want to be involved with etc. It's opened the door to many opportunities that didn't exist for me before.
What advice do you have for those looking to start their own business?
Just do it. Have you ever had a 'great idea' for a business that you just thought about for years but were too afraid, and then one day someone else just went ahead and did it? Ya… I've been there, crappy feeling. I was scared to open Barber Ha too, but one day I just said, screw it, what's the worst that could happen?
The reception desk at Barber Ha.
Why not play some Arkanoid while you wait?
Where the magic happens.
P.S. Find the first Women of YEG post here.