Owners: Marquise and Loren
Marquise is the co owner in “Quise 101”, a barber shop on 13th and Fawcett. They are happy to finally have their shop up and running. Learn more about Marquise in the interview below.
Describe your business
It is a Barber shop. I provide the talent. Loren is the overall brain – he does the business side and the marketing side of things. We just opened on January 2nd. We have another barber named Peter as well.
What is the most Challenging part of owning your business?
Incorporating a team that you can rely on to bring in more business. Also showing your vision that you have to the world.
What is the best part about owning your own business?
Being your own boss and making your own schedule.
Do you have an average customer?
Most of our clients are men. There have been a few women. We are starting to get more walk ins. Everyone is welcome.
Describe yourself in four words
The king of barbering
Are you from Tacoma?
I am from the Federal way area. I plan on moving here once my lease is up.
What does your sense of humor look like?
I base my humor off of these comedians – Steve Harvey, Kevin Heart, Katt Williams, and Bernie mac
What does your favorite outfit look like ?
Casual polo , casual jeans, and nikes, and a hat
Extrovert. I more of a people person, I love to get the crowd up and going.
What kind of music do you like to listen to?
All types: rap, hip hop , jazz, EDM, and country. You will hear all types of music at the shop.
Do you have any family traditions?
I have been getting together with my sisters for dinner on Sundays.
Are you married?
What does your average weekend look like?
Working, passing out business cards, marketing, all around work, and hanging out with my kids.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love to Cook. I especially love to BBQ. I BBQ a lot of meats. I love to make baked beans, macaroni and cheese and jambalaya. I want to start a youtube channel with one of my sisters about cooking. Making it a funny cooking channel.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
I want to go to Hawaii.
What is your favorite restaurant in Tacoma?
What is your favorite bar?
What is your favorite coffee shop?
Do you have a favorite holiday movie?
Home Alone 1 and 2
Do you give back to Tacoma?
I reached out to the Beacon center, and told them about our business. We want to be apart of the community. We went to the Beacon center and gave free haircuts to homeless people. I am cutting hair at Delong elementary today for free. I also am an instructor for Hattori Hanco – I help educate kids on how to use shears correctly. I want to help people build themselves up and create a good life.
Tell Me story
Loren and myself found out in October that we wanted to pursue opening this shop. We had two months to build the shop. Loren does construction on the side. At first he said he didn’t need any help building the shop. He said that I would get in the way. It got down to crush time. He was worried it wasn’t going to get done in time. So I said “let me help”. My friend Max helped with the electrical work. My fiancé, Vitaly, Ramones, and I helped with all the painting. We knocked it out in 2 weeks. We were supposed to open on January 1st. But the paint wasn’t dry. So we opened on January 2nd. We have four chairs. I am happy to say we are building a foundation, and I am happy with this decision to open our shop.
Overall Marquise is a really kind hearted person. He wants to help build up the Tacoma community. He has a passion for what he does, and wants to help others in any way he can. If you are looking for a new Barber, check out his shop today!
Until Next time,