Couikislams Barbershop Inc.

by Terry Watson | November 5th, 2010
Coukislams Barshop, Inc

Delmar & Shatonie Little (Photo by Howard Gaither)

Delmar Little says when he first laid eyes on Shatonie nearly 20 years ago, she was dropping off her younger brother to get a haircut at the very same shop where he was working. Unbeknownst to her, he attempted to introduce himself way back then but he says it was too late; she had pulled off before he could reach her. As fate would have it, in 2008 their paths would cross again at a softball game where she played second base and Delmar umpired. Shatonie jokes that he has been chasing her ever since that day when she hit a triple and ran the bases under his watch.

Shatonie Reaves is a native of Greensboro and Delmar Little hails from Aurora, N.C. which is also known as “Little Washington”. As a self described ‘Daddy’s Girl’, Reaves has worked with her father doing commercial, residential, and industrial construction since age 14. This work involved pouring concrete, painting, operating heavy equipment, structural steel, tile work and carpentry. Little is a country boy who grew up under the wings of his grandfather, William Henderson Little, who owned a logging business and farm. The nickname “Coukislam” was adopted by his grandfather, passed on to him, and now serves as his business name, Coukislam Barbershop, Inc. This joint venture combines Little’s farm experience and passion for barbering with Reaves’ construction experience and business knowledge. These qualities are enhanced by both partners strong work experience.

Reaves is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in mass communication and a minor in theater technology. She played basketball, volleyball, and bowled for A&T, worked as an on-air radio personality for eight years and behind the scenes in television for nine years. Little got his start in the front yard of his mother’s house using a picnic table, a shade tree and a pair of clippers, he attended Winston Salem Barber School. For the 20 years he has operated as a professional barber, he has always considered himself a business owner. “A barber at work behind a chair is considered a self-employed individual,” states Little. “Sure your boss is the owner of the building and you have to pay a weekly chair rental fee, but you’re also considered your own boss and set your own work schedule and work load.”

Coukislam Barbershop, Inc. (a.k.a. Slam’s Barbershop, Inc.) was created to gather men, boys, and friends allowing them to share special moments in a place they would never forget. “It’s a new age barbershop with an old school atmosphere,” says Little. “It’s a unique barbershop that provides a safe and relaxed atmosphere for our barbers and our clients. Slam’s is a place where we employ good role models because we take pride in what we do and care about the future of the next generation, our kids.”

The vision for Coukislams Barbershop was developed about 15 years ago. As an avid North Carolina Tar Heels fan, Little says he caught a lot of slack for being such. He decided to dedicate the entire front portion of his shop to the Tar Heels to give clients a greater opportunity to express how they really feel about them. Little says, “It drives people crazy and it’s worth every moment of it.” The back portion of the barbershop, in addition to a pool table for clients to enjoy, represents Duke, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest, Clemson and the University of Maryland.
The setup at Slams Barbershop resembles a basketball court with the staff being the team players. In addition to a basketball court, there is free Wi-Fi and two high definition televisions with audio streamed throughout the facility. Slams Barbershop is a place that has everything for both the client and barbering staff.

Little says that he thanks God for allowing him to open his shop without the assistance of loans. Even though they had to jump through hoops with plumbers, electricians, and city codes the vision has come to fruition. He says he was advised over the past 20 years by a lot of older gentlemen in the barbering profession, both directly and indirectly about life and what is required to achieve his goals. This advice Little says, also taught him how to treat his customer’s. The lessons continue to prove their worth even today.

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