Release Date: March 8,2017
The grand opening of Levels Barber Studio, the newest client in the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) pop up retail program, was held Feb. 28. This studio is owner Rodney Dennis, Sr.’s second barber shop and is located at 106 S. Main Street on the Mill Street level of Huntington Bank in the First National Tower.
Levels is the tenth business to open as part of DAP pop-up retail program. This program, now in phase two, aims to help economic development and improve city vibrancy by filling vacant spaces with retail shops. DAP will provide rental assistance for the first six months through support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
Dennis is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and the owner of several businesses, including Kingdom Kutz at 1178 Grant St. and America’s Barber & Beauty Supply at 2206 Romig Rd. He wanted to open Levels Barber Studio to be able to reach more members of the community and to help as many people as possible.
“The inspiration for the name of Levels came from me wanting to help more people, inspire more people, and take people to the new level I’m at - being more professional,” he said.
At the grand opening, Dennis received an official proclamation for Levels from the city of Akron. He received this proclamation for his entrepreneurial and community achievements, individual dedication and his inspirational role for young African Americans in the community.
As an active member of the community with a goal to help others, Dennis speaks at churches, prisons and barbers shops as well as providing approximately 1,500 free haircuts in 2016. After attending Beyond Expectations Barber College (BEBC), Dennis received his instructor’s license. He is the youngest African-American to obtain this license in Ohio.
“Hard work really does pay off,” he said. “But it also helped a lot to have support from my mom, The Word Church and Downtown Akron Partnership.”
Levels Barber Studio is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Services include haircuts, facials, beard trims, razor shaves, shampoos and conditioners, eyebrow arching and hair coloring Appointments can be made by calling 234-303-4004.