by Patrick Fineza
photo credit: Katrina Fineza
video credit: Andre Griffiths

Meet Michael TenorioJay Isip & the gang...

For a lot of Filipino kids who grew up around me, cutting hair was just a cool hobby.  You cut hair for your friends, argue about who gives a tighter fade, and if you were lucky, you made $5.  A few talented ones, however, took their passion & talent.. and turned it into a careerworking 5 or 6 days a week at the local barbershop and making a decent living.

Mike & Jay wanted to take their success & passion even further, and open their own shop.  Something many barbers & stylists only dream about.

"I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying. - Michael Jordan"

A career holding a razor & scissors wasn't always in the cards for them.  Right out of high school, Mike actually pursued a career wearing scrubs, and signed up for nursing school.  He says his ex-girlfriend forced him into it, but you can't blame the guy --  It's no secret that there are a lot of Filipino nurses out there.  If your mother never tried to convince you (at least once) to become a nurse, then I might question your Filipino background.  A nursing job after graduation would be comfy, safe & stable.  It wasn't long before Mike realized he wanted more than that for himself.  He took a chance --- Switched his major & got an investment loan from a few loved ones.  Then he opened up his barber shop along side his savvy business partner & good friend, Jay.  

If you're a guy like me, there's a good chance you visit your barbershop once every 2 weeks.  If you're going to spend all of that time & money at a barbershop, it's got to be barbershop like Michael Jays.  They got it all.  The slick decor, energetic atmosphere, entertaining barbershop chatter... and oh yea, dope haircuts.  This is what being a modern man or woman is all about.  You gotta check 'em out!

Michael Jays Barbering Co.
386 Franklin Ave.
Nutley, NJ 07110
(973) 798-2662

Bonus: For those of you interested in mastering your barbering skills..
Check out michaeljaysbarberingco.com