Hi I’m Ralph. I’m a licensed Master Barber from New York. I fell in love with the traditional art of barbering. I love what I do. It’s my livelihood. If I’m not at my shop then I’m probably at the gym or the grocery store. Cooking (mostly eating) is another passion of mine. If you’re around me long enough you’ll probably hear more soul music then you’ve ever heard .
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
My family came from Scotland in 1908. Just like everyone they wanted better lives. After over a 100 years there is only a handful of us left. My family careers were either boxing, bodybuilding or alcoholism.
Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I am currently Owner of Ralphs Barbershop. I’ve been a barber almost 8 years. Prior to being a barber I was a hoodlum growing up in New York. Made a lot of bad decisions but they all led me here. I couldn’t imagine being anything but a barber. The instant gratification after each cut and the self esteem boosting of my clients makes me feel like I’m not sure even working. I don’t even like saying “clients”. We are friends.
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Uncle ramen is fire. Bordeaux is also excellent. Steubens is a staple to. I cant forget Bourbon Grill!
Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
I’ve lived here 5 years. Worked everyday since.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Marty Soudami Owner of Wiz Bang solutions
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Scotland. It’s where my family is from.
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Brave heart is my favorite movie. Boardwalk Empire is my favorite show.
Q: What advice would you give to people?
You only get out what you put in. Nothing more and Nothing less.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
I’d like to write a book.
Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
I really enjoy Bourbon Grill.
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Ram Dass. I’d wish some of his ability to love and let go would rub off on me. I’d take him to Make believe Bakery.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
The eclectic mixture of humans.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
I see myself with several barbershops, still trying to grow and absorb knowledge.-
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I was a Boxer and Muay Thai fighter.
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Fall time in Upstate NY.
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
February. Thanksgiving . September 5th.
Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Armbrust Pro Gym.
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Fresh cut grass. Gasoline.
Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
New York. Stability. Effort.