FF Profile: MICHAEL JAYS BARBERING CO.
by Patrick Fineza
photo credit: Katrina Fineza
video credit: Andre Griffiths
Meet Michael Tenorio, Jay 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 career—working 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
Bonus: For those of you interested in mastering your barbering skills..
Check out michaeljaysbarberingco.com