As the owner of a counseling center and child-care center, Llewellyn Hicks stays busy. He also cuts hair and hopes to share that passion in Clayton with would-be barbers.
Hicks, who lives in Raleigh, plans to open Progressive Barber and Stylist Academy at 425 E. Main St., where students will be able to earn their professional license by cutting the public’s hair at a small cost.
A licensed barber himself, Hicks said the academy’s students will be able to complete their required study time and state test on a full- or part-time basis. The school will offer three shifts, one from 7 to 10 a.m., another from 6 to 10 p.m. and a third from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for full-time students.
“There are more people getting into it on a part-time basis,” Hicks said. “Some individuals who are older in age that want to supplement their income, they know they can go from 6 to 10 p.m. at night and cut someone’s hair.”
Hicks, a Clinton native, graduated with a degree in criminal justice from St. Augustine’s University in 1996. He obtained his master’s degree in social work from Fayetteville State University in 2005.
Hicks started Progressive Health Care and Counseling Services, which provides home health care and counseling to families in Johnston, Wake, Durham and six other counties. He also launched Progressive Child Care Academy in Sampson County.
Hicks has been a licensed barber since 1998 and cuts hair part-time.
“For me, I can come in and enjoy it and meet other people and talk to other people,” he said. “That’s the beauty of barbering, you network very well.”
The N.C. Board of Barber Examiners requires licensed barbers to attend a barber school for more than 1,500 hours, complete a 12-month apprenticeship and pass a state test.
Anyone interested in learning more about the barber academy can go to www.progressivebarberacademy.com, send an email to email@example.com or call 919-537-6844.
The gift boutique store Unique Boutique and Marketplace has relocated to 404 E. Main St. in downtown Clayton.
The store, owned by Jenny Massey, was previously located for more than two years on Anna Drive off of N.C. 42 West in the Cleveland community.
It’s a gift and decorator shop, where several local artists sell handmade goods. Massey said she is bringing more than 40 vendors to the downtown location, where customers can find jewelry, pottery, vintage and antique items, handbags, wreaths and candles, among other things.
“Downtown Clayton lends itself to the feel of the store,” Massey said in a statement. “People can come into the shop to buy or browse and then walk to have lunch or dinner or get an ice cream.”