Those who can- transform, those who can’t –cut hair.
Shontae Powell, owner of World Class Kuts, social entrepreneur, and community champion wears and masters many hats. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Shon(Tae) has turned his nostalgic memories of his childhood days frequenting the local barbershop into a lifelong dream.
Leaving Texas to attend college at Clark Atlanta University for Business; Shontae found that the demand for barbers within a college environment was at an all time high. Not only was it convenient for them but they could stay fresh at all times. Tae managed being the dorm barber and attending school fulltime. Over time there was a burning itch to pursue the craft of barbering as a profession. Therefore under the wings of a fellow Master barber he was brought in as a full time apprentice to obtain licensing credentials; steps necessary to also become a Master Barber. Humble beginnings started Tae cutting at and eventually managing the 2nd location that opened a few years later. During this time he was able to establish a considerable sized clientele that would follow him in his transition to becoming the owner of World Class Kuts.
Compelled to the turn the tide of what the traditional barbershop had become- World Class Kuts offers a premium experience of excellent service, an upscale environment appealing to men, women, and children coupled with smooth jazz, R&B, the latest hair care retail offerings, and so much more.
Tae continues to reach higher elevations within his business and community. He is an advisory board member of Empire Beauty School- Morrow, GA and frequently speaks with aspiring barbers at Atlanta Technical College and offers valuable knowledge about the industry. He has also been recognized as Community Leader of the year on several occasions for his work with local Henry County elementary, middle, and high schools. Recently establishing a mentor program (I AM Him) for at risk boys and an annual book scholarship for seniors; Powell epitomizes the importance of giving back. With much more on the horizon for this thriving Master Barber (IAm Tae the Barber)- he is one to be on the lookout for- a soon to be forced to be reckoned with.