Creating Miracles

On Broad Street there’s a sign that beckons me. It’s a bold red arrow with bright red letters spelling out what we all yearn for: MIRACLES.

Turns out the sign points to Dionne Weaver’s business, Miracles on Broad Street. For 14 years Weaver has cut and coiffed men and women’s hair in her little two-chair shop.  One of her regular customer, Barry Robinson, says there’s no false advertising here.

“She creates miracles here,” he says. “You come in with your hair all a mess and you come out looking like a miracle.”

Years ago Weaver worked for someone else, but she says she always dreamt about being a successful small business owner.

“God just kept telling me this is what I needed to do and just have faith,” she says.  “I was driving down Broad one day and saw a ‘For Lease’ sign. When I walked in the shop I felt chills all over my body.”

Weaver didn’t have the deposit or the first month’s rent, but she says she looked her prospective landlord in the eye and asked her to give her two weeks to get it. She scraped the money together and in two weeks she signed the lease.

“I’m truly living my dream,” she says. “I’m keeping my bills paid and I’m prayed up.”

Weaver says she loves the neighborhood and the other shopkeepers and neighbors always help one another out.

“I had to leave one day in a hurry and I forgot to lock my door,” she says. “I left them wide open, but a neighbor called me and everyone kept watch until I got back.”

Her 13-year old son, Charles often comes to work with her.

“I watch her work and everything she does is good,” he says. “She’s special. I’m proud of her ‘cuz she works so hard.”

Weaver spreads the word about Miracles on Broad by walking through the neighborhood and talking to people. 

 

“But word-of-mouth is where I get most of my clients,” she says. “People like my work and they tell their friends.”

Weaver says business has been slow lately, but she says her shop always has its ups and downs like any business. She did, however, take a hit with the floods earlier this year.

“I’m still trying to get back to where I was,” she says. “I had to replace a lot of things.”

As much as Weaver loves her current location, she’s not planning to stay there forever. Her next dream is to create miracles in a building she owns.

“I want to leave something for my son,” she says.

 

 

Miracles on Broad Street

932 Broad Street

 

 

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