Chantelle Parks is the manager of the All in One business
Daniel and Chantelle Parks have opened their new barber shop, All in One Styles, at 10414 N.E. Sandy Blvd. in Parkrose. After 14 years as a barber, Daniel Parks has finally achieved his dream of owning a larger store. His previous store was on N.E. Killingsworth Street. The couple remodeled the new store and invited three other businesses to join their All in One brand. Their goal is to revitalize the whole block.
"We want to combine all three businesses," Chantelle says. "I'm excited. We've put so much into this and I think the outcome will be to see some kids gain hope for their futures."
Designers, Jeffrey Ta, Andre Miller and Joniell Taylor jumped at the chance to showcase their clothing lines. They've opened the All in One Boutique next door to the Parks barber shop. Ta has launched his own line of T-shirts, and customers can also bring in their own designs.
Daniel Parks gave 18-month old Tre'onte one of his first haircuts
Miller brought his own "Blazergonian" line of T-shirts to the partnership. The shop is organized so that customers, from adults to children, can draw their own designs and walk out wearing T-shirts they designed themselves.
"It all started with an idea of making my own shirts they way I wanted them to look," Ta says. "My 4-year old twins love coloring their own masterpieces and seeing them come alive on their shirts or pillow cases. It is a great feeling when someone is excited to have created something nobody else will have."
Jeffrey Ta shows off one of his designs
The third store soon will be occupied by PacFresh Music, a CD store that aims to include an in-store studio.
The Parks and the other store owners said they hope that youth will be attracted to the stores and encouraged to develop business goals as they see what is possible with hard work. That has been a longtime dream for Daniel Parks and part of his origianl motivation for inviting the other businesses to join him.
"We want everyone to feel comfortable," Chantelle Parks said. "We try to make it as comfortable as possible for all ages: elders and kids."
Davaun Scruggs models the Blazergonian clothing line
The strategy seems to be working. Davaun Scruggs, a sophomore at Parkrose High School and Demarius Clark, a senior, came in to the store and asked for work. Ta hired them to do some advertising outside the store.
A Boost phone store is also slated to move in to the building. Sandy Boulevard is a busy street but there's plenty of parking in front of the store and all around the block, Chantelle says.
Robert Ems "Free Throw Guy" dropped in to check out the Blazergonian line
Shawntell Washington and Eliza McCoy