Entrepreneur Shannon Jackson Makes History After Opening First Black Woman-Owned Barbershop In Omaha

by Gee NY
Shannon Jackson is founder of Heavi Hitters

Shannon Jackson has carved out a significant place in Omaha’s business landscape as the first Black woman to own and operate a barbershop in the city.

At just 32 years old, Jackson’s journey from obtaining her barber’s license nearly a decade ago to founding Heavi Hitters in 2019 reflects not only her entrepreneurial spirit but also her commitment to serving her community.

Since its inception in 2019, Heavi Hitters has been more than just a barbershop.

Jackson’s vision extended beyond traditional haircuts, embracing a holistic approach that encompasses services ranging from braids to wigs, makeup, and tattoos.

But what truly sets Heavi Hitters apart is its all-female staff — a deliberate choice by Jackson to challenge norms and provide a different perspective in a male-dominated industry.

“The presence of an all-female staff has given our clients a different perspective of life,” shared hairstylist Ayanna Carfield. “Being in a male-dominated world, it’s empowering for them to see women excel in this field.”

Beyond their professional expertise, the team at Heavi Hitters is deeply committed to making a positive impact in the lives of their clients.

Carfield highlighted the transformation that takes place in the barber’s chair, where individuals emerge feeling like “a whole new person” after receiving personalized care and attention.

As Heavi Hitters’ reputation grew and its client base expanded, Jackson and her team recently relocated to a more spacious facility on 65th and Maple.

The move allows for better service and also attracts increased foot traffic, signaling the barbershop’s growing influence in the community.

Reflecting on the success of Heavi Hitters, hairstylist Latoria Neal said sisterhood within the shop has been a major plus for the team.

“We all grew together, like a sisterhood with each other,” Neal expressed. “This is my family.”

As Heavi Hitters continues to thrive, it stands as a testament to the power of entrepreneurship, community, and sisterhood.

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