Crown Cutz Academy Holds Ribbon-Cutting to Celebrate Opening at New Location Within Community

Crown Cutz Academy locates the region's only barber school in a 90-mile radius, in a neighborhood building that has been vacant and a community eyesore for many years.

Johnson City, TN, May 22, 2017 --( During National Small Business Month, Crown Cutz Academy, a new minority and locally-owned business, held its official ribbon-cutting event on May 17, 2017, for its newly renovated 2,500 square foot facility, which includes a reception area, office space, open-plan furnished classroom, fully-equipped barber stations, and ample parking lot.

"Presently, Crown Cutz is the only barber college within a 90-mile radius," said Craig Charles, founder and owner of the new startup. "At Crown Cutz Academy, students can train to become a licensed barber or barber instructor, and even learn what it takes to become a shop owner, if that is their ultimate dream."

Craig Charles' personal philosophy of "Learn, Earn, and Return" led to the establishment of Crown Cutz Academy. First, he himself, learned the skills necessary to be a professional barber and instructor. Then, he earned not only financial security from his chosen field, but also years of experience serving clients, in order to "return" or give back to his local community. His passion is to help others reach their full potential, as professionals and or entrepreneurs. Making a positive difference in the community is something Craig Charles has always strived to do in the past, which influenced the location of the new school.

All students must meet the following basic entrance requirements for admission:

• Be a citizen of the United States or hold a recognized visa.
• Be beyond the compulsory school age, and not attending a school of elementary or secondary level. Must be 17 years of age at examination/licensure.
• Have a sufficient understanding of the English language, reading, writing, and speaking, which will be assessed during the entrance interview.
• Have a high school diploma or GED. If the applicant does not have a high school diploma or GED then he/she must successfully pass the Wonderlic Test entrance examination.

In addition, a personal interview and visit to the school is required by all prospective students.

Crown Cutz Academy offers full services to the general public including but not limited to: haircuts, mustache and beard trimming, hot towel razor shave, custom haircut designs, wax or razor eyebrow arch, shampoo, corn rows, manicures, facials, perms, texturizers, and relaxers.

Aundrea Wilcox, Senior Business Counselor with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University was on hand to make remarks, and expressed appreciation to Charles for his commitment and investment. She said: "This is about job creation, and this is a great opportunity for the community. Mr. Charles is providing a way for people to become self-sufficient, and hopefully create more jobs for others. There is a lot of risk involved in entrepreneurship. I appreciate him for taking the risk. Mr. Charles is giving people a place to be creative and make a lucrative life for themselves, through education, planning and execution. I think anyone can agree he is a credible example of that."

Craig Charles also owns and operates a barber shop in downtown Johnson City.

To learn more about Crown Cutz Academy services and admissions, visit
Crown Cutz Academy
Donald Soto
423 946 3031