Big Mixx’s, a popular black owned barbershop that serves a diverse clientele in Chestertown, has moved from Kent Plaza Shopping Center to 100 Philosopher’s Terrace in the old Allstate Insurance office — next to Ellen’s Coffee Shop.
The Grand Opening is Tuesday, April 15 at 10 a.m.
“I got the new building on April 1st and we open up on the 15th,” said Big Mixx’s owner, Jamie Barrett. “I had a lot of help from family, friends and a lot of volunteers. I hope this will be a lot better location for me to get more business.”
Barrett and his army of volunteers broke land-speed records transforming the drab insurance office into a vibrant showcase hair salon with four chairs, a separate styling room, ample retail space and a pleasant sitting area, which has also served as a popular meeting place in all of the Big Mixx’s locations over the last 20 years.
Barrett said he was forced to move in a hurry after Kent Shopping Center’s owner, The Cordish Companies, went back on a promise to relocate him in the former Black Eyed Susan’s storefront, just a few doors down from the Rite Aide, until they could permanently provide a space for him next to Roses.
The ACME is expanding into Big Mixx’s now empty space and also Parts Plus, which was relocated to the old Dollar Tree location next to Procolino Pizza.
Barrett said that a representative from Cordish insisted he had asked for a smaller space, but Barrett said he made it very clear to Cordish early on that he was perfectly happy to take the former Black Eyed Susan’s location temporarily. Instead, Barrett was given until April 15 to vacate the shopping center.