APOLLO BEACH Although Marion Jones and his wife, Jackie, own a Ruskin-based consulting business, his longtime dream was to open a barbershop.
That dream was realized in December when he opened MVP Barbers at 6116 U.S. 41 N. in the Waterside Shops of Apollo Beach.
Ruskin residents for the past six years, the couple chose the location, Jones said, out of their desire to serve the growing community.
Their goal is to provide "great service, great styles and give people a reason to come back," Jones said.
"I want you to feel like you're at home, comfortable, relaxed and have the attitude that (you're) coming to a place (where there is) great conversation, and great service with a smile," he said.
Pam Hughes, Jones' sister-in-law, is client services coordinator for the shop. She has the unique role of working closely with a number of nonprofit organizations, including Cell Phones for Soldiers, Locks of Love and Good Samaritan Mission. The MVP organization strongly believes not only in serving the community, but also being a source of outreach by supporting local charities.
"We hope to give back and meet the community's needs," Hughes said. "We come from humble beginnings, so we understand. We are linked up with diverse organizations to show the community how much we care."
MVP Barbers is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shop offers 20 percent discounts to law enforcement officers, firefighters, active military, paramedics and teachers.
Seniors ages 65 and older receive a 10 percent discount, and there is a rewards program for frequent customers.
For more information, go to www.mvpbarbers.net or call (813) 938-1101.