Where there is a will there is a way and Shaun is a living example of this saying. Shaun “Lucky” Corbett, a 40-year-old ex-felon from Charlotte, North Carolina, turned barber and entrepreneur, opened his own barbershop called Da Lucky Spot Barbershop.
Located inside a Walmart store, as the first Black entrepreneur ever to do this, Shaun has made history.
Shaun wasn’t really sure what to do with his life when he was just 12 years old, so he decided to make a living by selling substance. Once he finally realized he didn’t want to throw away his life, it became a struggle to find an honest career before he got a job in a local grocery store.
Shaun was enrolled in a barber school in 2005, just wanting to turn his life around. He later worked in a pizzeria to pay his tuition of $10,000. When his old friends made fun of him and called him “pizza boy,” he almost quit, but the urge to prove himself kept going.
More than just another barbershop, Da Lucky Spot is. It became a venue for services for the public. In that store, every Thanksgiving Corbett handed out turkeys to needy families, gave jackets each winter to homeless people, and held after-school tutoring sessions for the boys.
The store has also become the launching site of its highly acclaimed system called Cops & Barbers, which seeks to build trust between the officer and the communities they serve.
He also started a scholarship program sending young men to barber school.
Local community people gathered in September to mark Da Lucky Spot Barbershop’s grand opening, and Walmart sent him a $25,000 check that would go to his non-profit program to help more young men go to barber school. In his grand opening address, Shaun said, “Whenever you see the title and that symbol inside Walmart, you’ll realize what it’s all about.”