The students learning skills in the Glen Mills Barber Shop recently had the opportunity to meet with respected shop owner Nick Berardi.
Berardi is the owner of the higher end Nic Grooming shop in Philadelphia, which distinguishes itself from much of the competition.
Berardi has been in the industry since 1971 so a veteran industry insider such as himself has plenty to offer interested students. Nic Grooming prides itself on old school customer service with a business model that works with a young, professional crowd.
An indicator that he stays current with trends is the fact he rents out the upstairs of his Philadelphia location through Airbnb. Becoming a part of and being welcomed into the neighborhood is also important in his business.
Glen Mills Barber student Jordan Latimer was happy to soak in the knowledge from such a veteran and successful shop owner.
“Mr. Berardi was awesome,” Lattimer said. “We really learned a lot and you can tell that he cares about his clients and his business while staying on the cutting edge.”
Glen Mills Barber Shop instructor Jonathan Hicks was happy to have such an industry leader as a guest.
“Mr. Berardi was great,” Hicks said. “He gave a fantastic presentation to our students and offered a lot of insightful advice that can help these young men be successful within the industry. He demonstrated how the barber/styling field has evolved and that reinforces what we teach here.”