Friday, April 15, 2011
For Tavis Landry, the opening of TNT is a culmination of an entrepreneurial journey that has come full circle since he started cutting hair at age 12. After getting his license in 1994, Tavis got his opportunity when local barber JB rented him a chair out of The Shop – now located at 160A Leland Avenue. It was under the tutelage of JB that Tavis perfected the craft, yet he began bouncing around from barbershop to barbershop when he was unable to find a good space of his own in Visitacion Valley. After a few years of cutting hair with Tiffani on San Bruno Avenue, Tavis was contacted by an old friend and client from his days at The Shop in 1995 - Hank Ropati (see Leland Avenue Gets Down to Baysics, February 2011). With Hank's retail store 'Down to Baysics' opening up at 93 Leland Ave., Tavis saw an opportunity to open his barbershop at the available storefront next door at 91 Leland Ave. Not only was this a chance to open up his own shop next to his longtime friend, it was an opportunity for business partner Tiffani Reid who grew up on Campbell Avenue to work as a beautician in her neighborhood.