We had the good fortune of connecting with Bruce Waight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bruce, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want my legacy to be how I’ve always been community-centered. Everything I do I try to make sure it’s benefiting my community in some way. From the barbershop to my neighborhood – it’s important to me and I will always lead by example in how we can all do our part to make the world better.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own two businesses (Rooted Barber + Shop and En Root Mobile Barbershop Company), am a co-founder of a non-profit called Cut it Forward, and own a volunteer-based barbershop that operates inside of a homelessness resource center called the Homeless Alliance here in OKC. As I’ve shared earlier, everything I do is about my community. I really try to intentionally weave that into every venture I take on. This philosophy was instilled in me as a child. My family is from Belize and culturally many Black Caribbean cultures are collectivists; always thinking about what they do and how it will bring value to their community. I’m proud that I’ve always stayed true to that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The pandemic has definitely hindered a lot of options unfortunately. I haven’t been out in so long and am almost forgetting what I used to do! In the past year I’ve transitioned to being plant-based and have been exploring the local restaurant scene that accomodates that lifestyle. Some of my favorites that have plant-based options are Cafe 420, Loaded Bowl, Picasso Cafe, 1492 Midtown, and Wheeze the Juice. I like to be outdoors too so I’d take a friend to the Myriad Gardens or Scissortail Park. We also love just kicking at the barbershop. It’s a large, comfortable space that we hang out in all the time. If there is live music at a venue we would check that out, too. OKC is filled with some amazing visual and performing artists.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people who have been inspired, supported, and encouraged me throughout my entrepreneurial journey. It’s hard to narrow a shout out down to one person, but if I had to pick a few it would definitely be my fiance and soon to be wife, Vanessa Morrison, and a man by the name of Mr. Percy Major. Vanessa is a brilliant and creative thinker, and is always encouraging me to dream big. She literally can make anything she puts her mind to happen and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her support and grind. Mr. Percy has also been an integral part of my inspiration over the years. When I started my first venture through my business, En Root Mobile Barbershop Company, it was with an intention to help make barbering services more accessible for people who struggled getting to the space. Mr. Percy was a big motivating factor in me launching that business as he was a dear client of mine and was battling cancer – having to spend a significant amount of time in the hospital before passing away. He missed coming to the barbershop and I would go cut his hair when he couldn’t make it to the shop. His experience inspired me to launch that company, and I wouldn’t have been as encouraged to make it happen without him in my life.
Website: www.rootedokc.com , www.enrootokc.com, www.cutitforward.org
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