It’s been all about the partnerships.
As JP Hair Design hits its 20-year mark and owner Jeffrey “JP” Patterson prepares for a community celebration June 2, the partnerships within the community are what he remembers most. And so it was fitting that Patterson would reflect on old friendships while attending an event to showcase a new partnership with Aaron Perry to announce a men’s health partnership that will operate in conjunction with JP Hair Design.
“Partnerships. That’s what the last 20 years has been about,” Patterson told Madison365. “Partnerships with the great barbers here, partnerships with Aaron Perry, and partnerships with the 20 men I’m going to honor at the 20-year event. It’s all about the relationships. Nothing would have happened with JP Hair Design if I would have been in it by myself. I never would have touched the community without these relationships.”
On June 2, Patterson will oversee a 20th anniversary celebration for JP Hair Design at Madison College’s Truax Campus, where Patterson also teaches barbering, from 7 to 11 pm. The event will feature music from DJ Chill as well as catering from Kipp’s. From 7 until 8 patrons will have a chance to network and eat.
Around 8 pm the program itself will start. For the first time ever, Patterson says they will present a young person with a scholarship award. Through fundraising, Patterson has been able to create the Taylor “Smitty” Smith Scholarship award. Smith, a longtime and well-known Madison barber, passed away two years ago and Patterson says he wanted to create a memorial scholarship for a young man or woman to further their education.
Patterson says the scholarship will represent a key part of what JP Hair Design has been about in the community.
“Mentorship is the biggest impact we’ve had on young people,” Patterson said. “Just for them to see a black business strive and see it succeed year after year. I know they’re watching me. My job is to be accountable and put the best foot forward. And I love that. I love that pressure on my back. Because I know I’m going to make the right decisions.”
After the scholarship presentation, Patterson will honor 20 people who have been helpful over the past 20 years in getting JP Hair Design to the levels it’s at now as well as acknowledge all of the staff members who have worked there since 1998.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at $30 per person or $150 for a table for six people at jphairdesign.com. Doors will open at 7 pm.