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Mark-Jason Solofa, Men's Grooming  Traditional Barber, Tonsorial Artist, single dad to an awesome daughter, old soul with a love for vintage things & classic looks & styles for Gents.

http://www.mjsolofa.com/

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." - Matthew 18:20
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End of watch fellowship last night between @noe.casares and @papabearguerrero after I had left earlier in the day. If you were to ask either of them if they shared in my sentiments about faith, @papabearguerrero would kid that if any one in the Parlor ever had aspirations of being a Pastor, he wasn't in this picture! Lol! But I believe that faith exists in all of us, as it is a hope that there is always greater things meant for us if we believe it to be true and are willing to work towards those things. The Parlor allows us as Barbers to be surrounded by like-minded men, each who has experienced their own challenges, struggles, victories and defeats in life, so there is value in using our fellowship with these men to reinforce that we are each meant for a life of happiness, joy, success and purpose. It is in that encouragement where I believe that "faith" exists amidst us in my opinion, and that requires nothing more than just being a good person to the next person. Thank you to these gentlemen for the faith and fellowship that they encourage, whether they know that they're doing it or not. βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ˆβœ‚οΈβ€οΈπŸŒ΄πŸŒΊπŸβ˜€οΈπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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Here's a little Flashback Friday video from a few years ago, back when my follower's feeds would have a random "Barbershop Boogie" show up, because the Parlor only had one chair and I had plenty of floor space to practice my old man 80's Popping and Strutting! Have a great weekend everyone, and hopefully each of you finds time and space during the weekend to get your boogie on, even if just at home,...it's good for the soul! βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ˆβœ‚οΈβ€οΈπŸŒ΄πŸŒΊβ˜€οΈπŸπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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"You can do what you wanna do,...in living color!" - Heavy D and the Boyz
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Happy Aloha Friday from the Parlor, where we are blessed indeed to do what we want to do, surrounded by the colors of the Parlor's decor which often feel like they come alive and are breathing when the client's are seated, the music is playing, the whiskey is poured, and the laughter is flowing. Happy Aloha Friday everyone, may it be a day of living in color and happiness and joy for each of you. βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ˆβœ‚οΈπŸŒΊβ˜€οΈπŸπŸŒ΄β€οΈπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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Throwback Thursday video with my bestie, "The Boss" @jordyyjade, back when IG videos were only 15 seconds, back when I thought I could still grow hair, and back when I worked by myself and the struggle to cut said hair was a struggle. ⚠️Warning: DON'T DO THIS AT HOMEβ—οΈβš οΈ....βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ˆβœ‚οΈβ€οΈπŸŒ΄πŸŒΊβ˜€οΈπŸπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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End of watch solo reflections this evening before heading home, and remembering the early days when I would do the same thing after working by myself all day, and I'm appreciating how much the perspective has changed since then. And not solely because there are four Barber chairs now instead of just one, seven waiting chairs instead of only two, or because the walls are filled with more stuff than on the day I first opened. The change that is most noticeable to me, and what I appreciate the most since the early days, is that now there is more laughter, more fellowship, more comradeship, more love, more support, and more friendship that happens within these four walls. Some may have heard me tell the story of when my Mum was visiting back before I officially opened,...she told me that this was God's shop and that I was only his employee, and that this is where men would come to heal. I'm thankful that this small place has in fact offered that and more to the men who come here, and the men who work here. I'm also thankful that Mum was okay with me not putting God's Barbershop on the front door and business cards.....but no doubt His presence and goodness and grace are at the pulse of what we do in here, and all with a splash of whiskey in hand if one so prefers. βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ˆβœ‚οΈπŸ₯ƒβ€οΈπŸŒΊπŸŒ΄πŸβ˜€οΈπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" - Unknown
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Barber Noe @noe.casares @noe.casares @noe.casares is 20 years my junior, I'm old enough to be his Dad, and yet by his actions, demeanor, character, personality, heart and soul, one would think he was my age. It is that kindred spirit dynamic which I believe makes him a great Barber, because even at a young age, his old soul enables him to relate to the slow and steady pace and ambience within the Parlor, respect the roots of traditional Barbering that we practice, while being able to connect with both our young and "OG" client's alike. We are indeed fortunate to have him as part of the family. βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ˆβœ‚οΈβ€οΈπŸŒΊπŸŒ΄β˜€οΈπŸπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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"As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword; take and use it as a barber's razor on your head and beard, then take scales for weighing and divide the hair." - Ezekiel 5:1
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I often feel that much of the Barbering industry today has lost sight of our Trade's roots and history, and as a result we celebrate the trends rather than the traditions. The earliest recordings of Barbering go as far back as 3500 BC, where Barbers in Egypt performed beard trimming and shaving services on Pharaohs and other aristocratic types. We as Barber's once served the likes of Kings, and yet by today's service standards, many a King wouldn't want to set foot in many Barbershops, let alone sit in the chair of a Barber whose sole motivation is to elevate themselves to social media's Barbering royalty instead of treating their clientele like royalty. Barbering is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But at the end of the day, when all the dust settles, Barbering isn't about who the best Barber is, or which barber has the most social media following, or which barber shop has the most prestige, because barbering isn't about the barber, it's about servicing the needs of the client. When Barbers focus on service, and the relationships built with their clients and each other, then they focus less on their egos. I've heard many times over how barbering as a trade is dying, and unfortunately it is the Barbers who are killing it because they focus on themselves rather than those they serve. I am thankful for the humility of those I associate with in this trade, because they are the iron that sharpens my own iron. Cheers to everyone working to restore and preserve the dignity of our trade. βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ˆβœ‚οΈβ€οΈπŸŒΊπŸŒ΄β˜€οΈπŸπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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"My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." - Cary Grant
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Wake up, live your life with purpose and to the fullest as best you can, then go to sleep tonight, rinse and repeat tomorrow, God willing we get that opportunity. βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½β€οΈπŸŒΊπŸβ˜€οΈπŸŒ΄πŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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"Everything starts with one step, or one brick, or one word or one day." - Jeremy Gilley
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The best thought out plans are useless at the end of the day if those plans are never implemented. If you want to make changes in your life for the better, be it in your career, health, or relationships, do yourself a favor,.....start doing more and planning less. The hardest step to take is always the first one, but if you take it in faith and believe that you are deserving, and if you are prepared to work hard, then you'll exceed your own expectations, and beyond your own original plans.βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½β€οΈπŸŒΊπŸŒ΄β˜€οΈπŸπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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"Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto." - Dale Carnigie
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Today, do something that will make you find joy and happiness, find a moment to get lost in something that brings you satisfaction, and remember that there is never a better time to start living your life with purpose than the present. Have a blessed day everyone. βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½β€οΈπŸŒΊπŸπŸŒ΄β˜€οΈπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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End of watch whiskey to celebrate another fruitful week in the Parlor. We don't aspire to be the best Barber's out there, let alone within our own city of Berkeley,...shoot we're likely not even the best Barbers on our street,...but we don't strive for that because that path will always be a losing cause which only serves to stroke ones own ego. We do however aspire to always give the best effort that we can give, the best service that we can give, and definitely aspire to always give the best haircut that we can give to each of our clients, even if it may not be the best haircut they've ever received. At the end of the day it's easier to lay your head down to sleep knowing that for that day, you did your best,....that's all any of us are capable of doing, regardless of what others may be expecting. Thank you Lord for the blessings, thank you to our clients for your continued support, and thank you to my brothers @papabearguerrero and @noe.casares for all of your hard work this week,...now it's time for family, and until next week, it's time for the Parlor to sleep. Have a great weekend everyone! βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ˆβœ‚οΈβ€οΈπŸπŸŒ΄πŸŒΊβ˜€οΈπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½πŸ₯ƒ
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My favorite time in the Barbershop is always Saturday morning, when the soulful music is playing and the coffee is kicking in and the energy is usually high because you know you want to finish off the work week strong. Here's wishing all of my fellow Barbers and Stylists a very fruitful and blessed day behind the chair,....let's finish this work week strong, energetic and full of positive vibes so that our clients will go into their weekends feeling the same! Spread love, spread aloha, live aloha! βœ¨πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ˆβœ‚οΈβ€οΈβ˜€οΈπŸŒ΄πŸŒΊπŸπŸŒˆπŸ€™πŸ½
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