After 10 years in jail, Nik Shanklian not solely began Papa Frank’s Barbershop however helps troubled teenagers and felons within the course of.
GEORGETOWN, Texas — From prisoner to enterprise proprietor, a Georgetown man is celebrating a decade of not simply giving haircuts, but additionally alternatives.
Getting a contemporary haircut at Papa Frank’s Barbershop is about extra than simply wanting good. It is about comradery and feeling good too.
“He is a daily,” mentioned proprietor Nik Shanklian as he lower a buyer’s hair. “He is in right here each week.”
Shanklian is celebrating the store’s tenth anniversary, a day he by no means thought would occur.
“I did about 10 calendar years in jail over in all probability about three or 4 visits,” mentioned Shanklian. “So, yeah, at one level it was similar to, I obtained to do one thing higher. My children deserve higher, and this going out and in of jail and residing life like that is, you understand, it is for the birds.”
That transition from prisoner to enterprise proprietor wasn’t straightforward, however Shanklian mentioned, for him, it was the one selection.
“Being a barber principally saved my life,” mentioned Shanklian.”I can say that now. I’ve seen so lots of my buddies which have died and overdosed and so they’re in jail and jail.”
The 41-year-old would not draw back from his story, however as an alternative makes use of it to uplift others by beginning Stretch, a youth program geared to serving to troubled teenagers get again on monitor.
“We have been to so many center faculties and church buildings to speak to youth,” mentioned Shanklian.”I really like doing it. You already know, it is my probability to present again and say, ‘Hey, look, I went down these bumpy roads so you do not have to. You already know, let me enable you to not make these dangerous selections that I made.'”
The daddy of seven additionally employs different felons at his Georgetown store as a result of a second probability after jail is tough to come back by.
“My long-term purpose is to finally construct my very own barber and sweetness college and perhaps a few different barbershops, simply to present some folks someplace to work,” mentioned Shanklian.
It is greater than only a haircut – it is a lifesaver. To be taught extra about Stretch, electronic mail [email protected]