Bibi & Jd’s Barbershop, a new barbershop in Woodside, celebrated it’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 18.
Supported by Thomas Grech, the CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, owners Jose Campos and Esmerlin Ramirez celebrated the opening of their barbershop, a business they created during the COVID-19 using their life’s savings.
“The project comes to life in times of COVID-19 and is born from the owners’ strong desire to contribute to the local community’s economic recovery efforts in Woodside,” Campos said. “We are committed to creating a place where everyone, regardless of who they are, what they look like and where they come from, are made to feel welcomed and appreciated.”
Queens has been reeling from the economic affects of the COVID-19 crisis. As such, Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was the first the Queens Chamber of Commerce had orchestrated in nine months.
“We are very happy to be here today. This is a great immigrant success story. This is a Queens success story,” Grech said. “We are seeing signs of life. We are starting. We are not at full power yet, but we are getting there.”
Van Bramer applauded the owners of the new business for opening up in such an uncertain time.
“It’s an act of courage to open a small business at any time, but particularly right now,” the councilman said. “I want to thank you for investing in Woodside.”
The barbershop, which is centered around customer service, according to its owners, is located at 6325 Roosevelt Ave. Appointments can be made at getsquire.com.
See photos of the ribbon-cutting ceremony below.