Barbershop finds new home after shopping center fire
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than three months after Wilmington’s Village Plaza burned down, the future of the businesses it housed remains unclear. But one shop has been able to move forward.
Quail’s Quality Cuts was a staple of the shopping center. Even though they lost virtually everything to fire, the owner says he feels blessed.
“Anytime there’s a bad situation, you can’t always give up,” said Quail Alston.
When the Village Plaza Shopping Center burned down more than three months ago, it was a huge blow to both businesses owners and the neighborhood who relied on it.
Residents who were within walking distance must now find other options.
“It’s kind of hard for people that don’t have transportation,” said Alston.
Alston owned Quail’s Quality Cuts at Village Plaza, and he wanted to find a location nearby that was convenient for his customers.
Just one day after the fire, he found a vacant store on Castle Street.
He says the only thing that survived from the old shop was the sign.
“We had to put the place together as much as we could, and we started work immediately,” said Alston.
With help from customers and friends, Alston turned the store into a barbershop all his own, complete with wall art of his beloved Philadelphia Eagles donated by customers.
“It’s not luck, it’s not anything else, we think it was a blessing from God. Because you don’t get another business the next day,” said Alston.
Alston hopes the other businesses put out by the fire will recover too.
“You got to keep your head and stay strong, and God will work it out, you know, you just got to believe,” he said.