October 1, 2012
Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer helped owner George Ortiz Jr. cut the ribbon in front of the new American Barber Academy today at the new business located on Morgantown Road. Ortiz used a $35,000 loan from the Department of Community Development’s Micro Loan program to help finance the City of Reading’s first Latino-owned Barber School.
“If you saw what this building looked like before, you’d be surprised at what it’s turned into,” said Mayor Spencer. “George has done a great job with this building. It’s always great to see a new business open in the City. There’s been a lot of great energy in this section of the City, and this will make a great addition to the neighborhood. This is exactly the type of business we need here, and it fits in with what is going on in this area.”
Ortiz currently owns and operates the New Style Barber Studio on Lancaster Ave., which employs one of the few female barbers in the city. The Barber Academy will provide 1,250 hours of classroom and clinical instruction which will prepare students for the state barbering exam.
“I’m grateful to the City of Reading for their help and support,” said Ortiz. “I’m happy to help prepare the barbers of the future.”
Contact: Michael Dee
City of Reading