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A place to reflect: North Minneapolis barbershop offers haircuts and a history lesson

A north Minneapolis barbershop is paying homage to influential African Americans from the past and present.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — At Reflections Barbershop in north Minneapolis, haircuts and history go hand in hand. 

"I was very intentional about that at the barbershop when I opened it. That's why I named it Reflections," Zachary David Smith Sr. said. 

Smith opened his shop in the Victory neighborhood in March 2019. He's been cutting hair for 13 years. His work also includes cutting hair for the Minnesota Gophers football players. 

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Zachary David Smith Sr. has been cutting hair for 13 years.

"It's been a skill and a trade that I admire doing every day. I look forward to it," Smith said. 

Smith has been cutting Nick Djerf's hair since 2009. 

"It's a place with great conversation but it's also, I would think, a hub of our culture. It's almost like a therapist's office to us," Djerf said. 

A place to be present and reflect on the past. 

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The Reflections Lounge at Reflections Barbershop.

The Reflections Lounge can be found in the front of the barbershop; it's a place to sit and relax while waiting for a haircut. The lounge's walls are covered in photos of African American leaders. 

"I really wanted to shed some light on the pillars that came before us, on the shoulders of giants that we're standing on," Smith said. "To us know that it's boundless. That we can accomplish anything, particularly speaking to the black community, as well."

The Reflections Lounge also includes a mural by Helping Hand Companies. 

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Zachary David Smith Sr. talks about the Reflections Lounge, featuring photos of African American leaders.

"I try to be mindful of Black History every day I wake up and know that I played my part in creating the black history," Smith said. 

You can find more information, including hours, on the Reflections Barbershop Facebook page. 

Reflections Barbershop:
3862 North Thomas Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55412
(612) 423-8605

Know a local business we should feature for our Behind the Business segment? Email Heidi Wigdahl at hwigdahl@kare11.com.    

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