Meet the Owners
Kevin WilliamsonMidtown Barber Shop
Midtown Barbershop is an establishment where everybody in the community is welcomed.
Kevin Williamson has built Midtown Barbershop into an establishment where everybody in the community is welcomed. Kevin strives to be a model citizen and is dedicated to not only barbering, but also to maintaining family structure and giving his life to the Lord. Kevin has followed in his father’s footsteps, also a master barber.
After graduating from Wilson High School in DC, Williamson began working at Hawk’s Barbershop to earn money to attend college. Instead, he caught the entrepreneurship bug from its owner Joe Hairston, who became his mentor and inspiration.
To gain further experience, he worked at Prince George’s County Correctional Facility. In the evenings he worked at Headline Beauty, and at Hawk’s on weekends.
At age 20, Williamson received a contract to work and manage a small shop on North Capital Street in Washington DC. After completing training from Bladensburg Barber School, he obtained his apprentice barber’s license, which he later traded in for his master barber license.
In 1994, at age 23, he opened Midtown Barbershop. He had always wanted to own a traditional, old-fashioned shop from the red and white colors down to the old-style chairs, and a flow of customers from all walks of life.
Williamson believes his business should be more than just a business. He enjoys when young people come into his shop because he feels he speaks their language. An active member of Full Gospel A.M.E. Zion Church, he sings in the choir, plays music and contributes to the praise team.
He encourages youth who come into his shop and by speaking to business classes at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and Easter Senior High School in Washington DC.
Kevin says that 40 or 50 years from now he would like people to say that he was “a good brother who touched many people’s lives.”