Jake Williams has been cutting hair for decades and still loves his profession. So much so, that he's passing on his knowledge of barbering and owning a successful shop. Williams opened up his own hair center on Montgomery Street in 1971. "I've been here 32 years, eight months, and 25 days, and business has been good," he told us.
And that's because of his dedication to being prompt, being on time and serving the customer. That includes customers like Freddie Jenkins, who told us, "I've been coming here for about ten years now because of the service and friendly hospitality of the place."
"We just enjoy talking to customers and getting their views on things," said Williams.
But he almost chose another profession. He told his dad he wanted to be a tailor, an auto mechanic or a barber. "He says, 'Don't be a jack of all trades and master of none,' so I tried the barbering and been barbering ever since," said Williams. "Never stopped."
Williams does more than cut hair. He teaches others the art of barbering. In fact, one of his former students, Watty Roberts, works with him now and has for ten years. "It's got a lot to do with his personality, the way he treats me," he said. "It's like a father-son relationship."
"It makes me feel good knowing that I've helped someone," said Williams. That type of attitude won him an Outstanding Georgia Citizen certificate from then-Secretary of State Max Cleland. He also received a certificate from former Georgia governor Joe Frank Harris.
But Williams doesn't do what he does for recognition. "I just love making people look good," he explained.
Jake Williams, Someone You Should Know.
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