Cuttin’ Up

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Steve Brown has lived in Raymore for the last decade. Being from Kansas City, MO, he missed the traditional barber shops that he grew up with — an absent commodity in Cass County.

So this year he started his own.

Cass Creative Cutz is the newest hair-cutting business taking up residence in Belton, helping to dress up North Scott Ave. It’s a new adventure for Brown, though he’s just capitalizing on an old hobby.

“I’ve actually been cutting hair since I was a teenager. It was one of my ways of making money,” says Brown.

“My father was a barber and cosmetologist, my grandfather was a barber and cosmetologist. I guess it’s just DNA.”

Now Steve is using that seemingly inherited skill to generate some revenue and provide County residents with a place like no other.

Great Clips, Sports Clips, Supercuts, and countless other chain salons fill Cass County but there are no true traditional barber shops lining the streets — and that was something Steve is out to change.

“One of the things that I noticed in Cass County was that there were no diverse barber shops that could do the things I wanted,” he said.

“What I want to do is create a diverse environment that cuts all textures of hair,” he continued.

But opening up a shop isn’t without its challenges. After Brown found a place to take up residence, he had to furnish the new place.

“God is good,” says Brown, explaining that things came together over time, piece by piece.

Steve’s background is in real estate, so many of his connections in properties allowed him to design and fill up the shop.

“Me and my crew did all of the work here,” he said.

Brown is now looking for new customers to fill his shop, including men, women, and children.

Steve Brown gives Khalib Lambert, of Belton,  a specialized cut on Saturday at his new barber shop on North Scott Avenue. Brown opened the shop this fall and is seeking to bring a diverse salon to the residents of Cass County.

Steve Brown gives Khalib Lambert, of Belton, a specialized cut on Saturday at his new barber shop on North Scott Avenue. Brown opened the shop this fall and is seeking to bring a diverse salon to the residents of Cass County.

“I am old school,” Brown states.

“I can do older style cuts and contemporary cuts for all textures of hair.”

While customers wait to let Steve give them a cut, visitors can play X-Box on the flat screen TV hanging on the wall or just sit and enjoy conversation with others while Brown’s music acts as a backdrop in the space Cass Creative Cutz calls home.

“It’s a family environment,” explains Brown.

“It’s an environment where people won’t feel uncomfortable. It’s family friendly.”

Not only does Brown cut the hair on top of the head, he also offers eyebrow waxing, straight-razor shaving, and general grooming services for women.

Brown is now ready to welcome in Cass residents and earn their trust as the County’s only diverse barber.

“People take the way they look seriously, so there’s a trust issue as to whether the person can do the job you’d like them to do,” he said.

In the coming weeks, Brown will be releasing his website and hiring a female stylist that will also be able to style all textures of hair.

“I love to make people feel good, to make people feel better about themselves,” says Steve.
You can find out more about Cass Creative Cutz at facebook.com/cass.cutz.

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