We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriel Maestas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabriel, how do you think about risk?
I think about risk as being an essential factor in business. If you’re risking it, you’re getting out of your comfort zone, and hopefully causing some growth of self, business, relationships etc.
Risk taking has been absolutely imperative for the business! Leaving the first and only barbershop I had ever known or worked at was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in my life and it has proven to work out in beautiful fashion.
I’ve always loved that saying, “You have to risk it to get the biscuit”. All that said, I understand that there are checks and balances when it comes to taking said risks and I always try and weigh those out before making decisions.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Steadyhand Barber Company is the name of the brand and business. We wanted to be more than just a barbershop. We wanted to curate a space that like minded individuals WANT to come to for haircuts and banter.
I’m proud of every little detail about our space. I’m proud of the fact that Diego and I gutted the whole place and painted, did the floors, and came up with ideas on how we wanted to run the space. I’m proud of the fact that we teamed up with local small business owners to help design our space! Shoutout to Bret Sundberg for staging the barbershop and Michael Stone for handling all branding!
We got to where we are today by doing our best to provide quality, first class services. Building a loyal book of business and taking care of our community! It certainly was not easy,, but good things never should be easy. We enjoy a challenge.
I’ve learned so many lessons. Priceless lessons. I’m still learning and pray I always will be. How to talk to and deal with people from all walks of life has been one of my favorites. I only hope to improve in character and as a business owner/entrepreneur to continue to expand with integrity.
I want the world to know we are not just a barbershop, but a company. We aren’t just barbers but artists. We pay attention to detail. And when you come to our shop you don’t just stumble on a place to get your haircut.. you find your barber. We pride ourselves on being available to an extremely diverse clientele.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First and foremost we are getting coffee every morning. Hitting some of my favorite joints and town but specifically Queen City Collective Coffee. Best coffee in town!
If it’s a week long trip we will hit my favorite breakfast spot at least a couple times.. OneFold. Best fresh squeezed OJ out there and everything on the menu hits. I refer anyone and everyone to this spot. Insanely good.
We would most definitely make a stop at Guard and Grace. It’s my favorite steakhouse. The essence and service in this place is top knotch! The gnocchi?! Chef’s kiss.
A show at the infamous Red Rocks is a must! I don’t know many other places where you can just feel legitimately free. If you’ve been, you know. It’s magic.
I would have to take them to my grandmother’s for some of the best home cooked meals you can have. Menudo, enchiladas, posole, you name it! My grandmother is the matriarch and seeing her is a must.
Options can be endless in our beautiful state of Colorado, but these are a few I wouldn’t pass up!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A few shoutouts if y’all don’t mind!
First and foremost my business partner and hermano Diego Carreon. Without Diego, Steadyhand Barber Company doesn’t have the vibe that we need! We met in barber school and it’s been nothing but love since. His positive energy and attitude are infectious. Diego is always there to help with decision making and support. I really love that cat!
Anthony, G, and Nick are our other barbers. Shoutout to them for always working hard and also contributing to the aura we have in our space. Couldn’t do it without them!
My clients and friends. They have provided me with unlimited oppurtunity with their continued support.
My family. My parents and brother. And especially my wife Amity and daughter Penelope. They motivate and inspire me to be the best father and husband every single day. They are my breathe. My light. My heart. I love you.
Instagram: @papa.sucio @steadyhandbarberco
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