Business Owner: Drew Danburry
Business: Danburry Barbershop
Location: Provo, Utah
Go to his barbershop and you will quickly see that Drew is a very genuine person. He is honest, he is kind, and he towers over his customers standing well over 6 feet.
He has a refined style that ties in well with his store. His wingtip shoes and beard match well with the old fashioned records playing in the background. It’s a sophisticated feel, full of style and elegance, a feeling that Drew hoped for when he opened 4 years ago. “We intended it to be basically a nice, high class, old-fashioned barbershop. We wanted it to be a place that reflected style and quality for the downtown in Provo. That’s essentially the goal, that and taking care of my family and feeding them.”
He shows his honesty in every word, he’s passionate about what he does. The most important thing to Drew is taking care of his family, and he won’t hesitate to talk about them.
When asked about his biggest win as a business owner, Drew simply said “staying in business.” He was quick to let us know that being a business owner is rewarding but tough, and that his biggest win was simply staying in business. “When I was first opening up, there would be really slow days and I would really worry if I could make it work, and if I was going to be able to take care of my family. I think that worry is always still there, but it’s way less than when I first opened up.”
When asked if he had any advice for business owners, Drew said,
“I think that its a lot of luck, I think that there’s way more details that you have to get right with a business than people realize. There’s a lot of things I started out intentionally doing, and I had a lot of people questioning me and saying it wouldn’t work, and I found that they were the best ideas that I had. Then, in hindsight… I never really doubted my own brilliance.”
Drew was in the middle of his philosophy that there is no one secret to life, when his employee who in reality is more of a friend and a help to Drew and his business, shouted “I have an answer to that from a third party view, HONESTY, Drew is extremely honest with everybody and I think people appreciate that.”
Drew emulates these characteristics and went on to tell us “It’s hard, to be yourself. You can’t throw up maxims, people throw up maxims all the time, people come in all the time, and they’re in college and they’re like ‘I just got to find what I love, and, I just don’t know what I love yet’. People are always sold bad advice, and I feel there’s no simple maxim about it, life is a learning process, you gather information your entire life, and if you’re not, then you’re failing. I’m always honest with everybody and a lot of people don’t like it, but for some people it’s a real breath of fresh air.”
“I think that the best thing that I could say to a person wanting to open a business is don’t open your business based on the idea that you’re going to make a cool place where people will want to hang out, because that never works, for anything or anyone. Just come up with a service that you think people need that people aren’t doing yet, and do something unique.”
When asked if he had any advice that he would want to tell someone who is starting on a similar path, Drew said “Business is a really simple thing, keep your expenses low and try to make more than what you are paying. Other than that I don’t really think that business is that tricky.”