We had the good fortune of connecting with Richard Duque and Theo Willliams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Richard Duque, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Our thought process was really quite simple: Make money for yourself, not for anyone else. When working for a salon, the company takes a portion of the revenue you make for the shop. Often times being an unfair percentage such as 60/40 in favor of the company. Looking at this from the company’s point of view, it seems like a great deal. However, from a stylist point of view, we see it as if we do all the labor, the company does nothing, and we still get less than half. Consequently, that mindset helped encourage us to start our own business. We first had to determine a date and a location of when and where we were leaving to. Once, that was decided, we both created our websites through square so people had something to get all of our information, and how to book. The next step was just gathering all of our clientele in hopes they were willing to follow us.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are in the business of cosmetology. We mainly do hair, which includes: haircuts, beard trims, waxing, and shampoos. However, in the near future, we are hoping to possibly add some more luxurious services, such as masks and facials.

Richard has been in the industry for almost seven years, and Theo has been in it for over ten years. We both agree it was not all so easy. It took time, practice, effort, and patience. We needed to hone in on our skills for our services to be the best they could be for our clients. And on top of that, we needed to take in all the desires of our client and produce what they want with what we are given to work with.

We’ve learned that being genuine has a big part of customer service. People find comfort in knowing that when you talk to them, it is not forced, and you genuinely want to know what they have to say.

We want people to know that we are just two people that truly enjoy what we do, and are always excited to see a client leaving happy.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the Stockyards, Water Gardens, and Sundance Square during the day times. Then 7th Street and Magnolia for the nightlife. We would visit Maestro Tacos for their trompo tacos, and Heim Barbecue for the burnt ends.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to dedicate our shoutout to our friends and family. Our friends helped encourage us to move onto our own business, and it happened to be at the same building they work at! Also, our families have done nothing, except give us their full support.

Website: https://duquecuts.wixsite.com/theregaledge-1

Instagram: @duquecuts @theos_sharp_desgin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRegalEdge

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