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Buck and beard started with a vision; post-Industrial with Modern Luxury.

Ricardo Colipi and Jose Lima got together as partners and began throwing ideas around. After much deliberation they came up with a vision - post-industrial with modern luxury. So they set out to make their vision a reality. It was simple, sleek and elegant.

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Ricardo, who is a fine craftsman, did the fine cedar and distressed woodwork, while Jose chose the furnishings. Jose spent months organizing all of the logistics of running the business in both its practical and technical aspects, while Ricardo worked at bringing the woodwork designs to life.

I told him I would think about it. I asked him to give me some time since, to be honest, I wasn’t prepared to open a business yet.

To back track, the story began when Jose’s friend's husband sent him a message on Facebook in April 2016 (he still has that message saved) asking if he would be interested in looking at a space. Little did Jose know that the idea was to include his business in that space.

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As Jose explains, ‘When something is meant to be, the universe has a funny way of making things happen. When we got to the space, it was a huge empty warehouse. Intrigued I asked him, ‘What a great space, what are you going to do with it?’ He replied, ‘Well, we are hoping you open a barbershop here!’ It sent shivers through out my body when he said this. Since this had always been my Dad's and my dream to have my own business. I told him I would think about it. I asked him to give me some time since, to be honest, I wasn't prepared. Not only did I not have enough money, but I was also nervous about this huge opportunity.

 

Two weeks later my Dad passed away at 84 years old. He lost his battle with stomach cancer. When I went back home to the funeral, my Mom said, ‘Call that man and tell him you have the money to open the shop. Your Dad left you some money.’ This is when I knew this was all meant to be. I just had to have faith. I needed help though and the only person that I trusted and whose work I admired was Ricardo’s.

 

I met Ricardo when he first moved to Fort Lauderdale. He was my client at the barbershop where I was working. I remember one of the very first things he told me was, ‘You should open your own shop.’ What he said stuck with me. When I spoke with Ricardo about this opportunity he became excited. We both knew our lives were about to change.

 

We opened for business on Tuesday October 4th, 2016 - six months after that Facebook message. The same day the floor flooded. One of the shampoo stations burst and there was water everywhere. I knew that was a good sign. Water is always a blessing in my book.

 

We began our business with six barber chairs and six barbers. We now have fourteen chairs and 27 barbers. And we keep growing. In 2019 we launched our hair and beard product line along with a variety of retail products. We also recently expended to the front of the building, adding a color studio as well as one amazing mani/pedi/facial and waxing specialist.

 

Thanks to the wonderful response from our friends and our community we keep growing and who know's where Buck and Beard will go from here. We couldn’t be happier or more appreciative. The best part is when our clients leave the shop feeling happy and looking amazing. This is what really fulfills us at Buck & Beard.