According to Quincy Brown, the neighborhood that would become the Arts District was “a ghost town” when he first arrived to open The Beauty Parlor by Q + Company at 767 Granby back in 2011.
“I thought it was a place we could shine,” said Brown, sitting in the back of his sleek and stylish salon. “We didn’t know the Arts District was brewing. I’m ecstatic the way it has happened.”
The Beauty Parlor has brought six jobs to Norfolk, with his staff serving some 400 clients. Brown saw a hole in the market–his customers, and others in the neighborhood, had no place to grab a cup of a coffee or sit and chat. Hence the inspiration for The Parlor on Granby, a hybrid café and event space he’s opening in March or April of this year.
“I’m a singer,” said Brown, a Norfolk native who attended Indian River High School in Chesapeake. “I went to GSA for four years as a vocal major. Performance is my first love. I want to get back to the mic. An event space is a good opportunity for people like me who have been away from performance, but who want a chance to get back.”
While he didn’t choose the neighborhood to be part of a burgeoning arts district, Brown is invested in the concept in numerous ways, sitting on the board of the nascent Norfolk Arts District non-profit (501c3 pending), and now with the planned opening of the new project next door to the salon.
“Being a big part of the Arts District is major for me,” said Brown, 35, who had previously worked at Salon Boio. He lived in New York City for three years, and wants to bring some of that flavor down to Norfolk.
“Culture,” he said, a client receiving a keratin treatment nearby. “Diversity. A different metropolitan urban aesthetic that we lack. Being fashion forward.”
The new spot will have beer and wine, with coffee provided by Three Ships Coffee. The event space, which will have a capacity of 150, will be available for weddings and private parties, but will also feature regular open mic nights, live band karaoke, and entertainment of all sorts. Brown plans on canvassing the exposed brick wall with antique mirrors. The ceiling will glitter with dozens of strung lights. It’s the kind of chic one regularly encounters in larger cities, but will definitely up the game for the newly minted Arts District. It’s all on the same block as The Texaco Building, and across the street from the future site of The Plot, The Hurrah Players’ new second home, and Alchemy NFK. The opportunities for synergy and collaboration are endless.
“I am so excited,” he said, and so are we.
If you’re interested in The Beauty Parlor, here they are on Facebook, or their number is (757) 455-8100 if you’d like to book an appointment. Here’s the Arts District on Facebook.