“I’ve wanted my own barber shop since I started cutting my buddies’ hair in high school before basketball games,” says David Duarte, owner of Next Level Barber Shop Cape Cod in Chatham. “I wanted to go to college to play basketball, but I knew eventually I’d end up in barber school. So, I gave up the ‘hoop dream’ and just did it.”
Five days a week for nearly a year, Duarte commuted from the Cape to the Massachusetts School of Barbering in Quincy. From there, he worked at Ramzi’s Barber Shop in Orleans for eight years until the opportunity arose to open his own business in Chatham, where he was born and raised. His father, Manny, helped him build the shop—along with several buddies and his 9-year-old nephew—while his wife, Sanja, took care of the design and marketing. “There’s a lot of heart and soul in that building of mine,” says Duarte, with pride.
In May 2017, he opened his doors to five customers, and business has been growing steadily ever since. So steady, in fact, that Duarte and his coworker, Jon Rouillard, are planning to hire an additional barber. Next Level offers haircuts, straight razor shaves and hot towels, as well as services for private parties and wedding parties. “We really want to gear more toward the guys’ section of a wedding party—we cut hair and get them ready for the wedding,” explains Duarte, who believes that Next Level’s attention to detail and steadfast customer service really sets the shop apart.
Duarte recently bought his childhood home in Chatham and stays connected to basketball by assistant coaching at Monomoy Regional High School. “I couldn’t be happier in life right now,” he says. “My barber shop is less than two miles from my house. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.”
Next Level Barber Shop Cape Cod
1772 Main St., Chatham, 774-722-1363,
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