Hey guys! Thanks for visiting my blog. If your a Bruce in the City newbie…hold on tight. If you are a registered reader…welcome back! This week I’ve decided to let my guest say it all in her own words. Last week as a bit of a switch-up, I did the same with my guest. Just let her have to it. I really enjoyed reading her story, and this week is no different. Please welcome a fabulous little photographer by the name of Trishelle Diamond.
Bruce: It’s so great to check out your photography. Where does this all begin for you?
Trishelle: Do you ever see life like it is through the eye of a lens?
Bruce: Well, like I wear glasses. If you know what I mean. Would you say you’ve found your life passion?
Trishelle: My passion is photography. That is how I look at life as it passes by.
Bruce: Tell me, Trishelle, how did you get started?
Trishelle: I started out just using my cellphone and realized I really love taking pictures.
Bruce: I know, right? Selfies are the new autograph.
Trishelle: Right, so I invested in my first camera.
Bruce: Wow! What a big difference. I bet!
Trishelle: I’ve been taking pics for 6 years already.
Bruce: Well, that’s amazing. You know my blog turns 10 next year?!? I just think time flies, like when you’re surfing the net or eating at a buffet. Maybe you can come to celebrate the goodness of me. Boom Baby! Just a reference to The Emperor’s New Groove. Seriously, my favourite animation. Well, like we’re talking top 5, at least.
So your photography…
Trishelle: Yes, I consider myself an amateur photographer. Even still, I’m always looking for something to capture.
Bruce: Well, you’ve certainly captured me. What’s your circle of support look like?
Trishelle: I have a wonderful husband who supports me with his ideas for pictures.
Bruce: Well, there’s no need to be braggadocious. How does he support you?
Trishelle: We drive across Canada and the US, looking for subjects. I take pictures of landscapes, sunsets, and people. I love trying to capture just about anything for action shots.
Bruce: Like what?
Trishelle: I have done weddings, birthdays, Moms-to-be, newborns, & family portraits. I also do a bit of media work, emergency situations, such as fires or car accidents. Hurricanes and tornados and severe flooding are near the top of my bucket list.
Bruce: Very cool. Your artistic integrity seems very important to you.
Trishelle: My camera is essential to me, and having people enjoy my work is my high, and makes me extremely happy.
Bruce: I almost forgot to ask. What’s your company name?
Trishelle: My company is Pearl Diamond Photography.
That’s great! Speaking of the passing of time… this time with you just flew by1. So there you have it, short and sweet, just like me. Thanks for sharing your passion with us. I really enjoy photography too. Well, mostly taking pictures of myself. We all have our passions!
Writer: Bruce Christopher
Editor & Publicist: Bruce Law
Hair for Bruce Christopher by Nick Folco @ Providence Peterborough.
Holy crap! I cant believe I’m about to announce the final bearded fellow for 2019. What a year of amazing beards,amazing stories and inspiring men. The winner for beard of the year will be announced the second sunday in January 2020. But first I’d like you to meet Quinn. @quinn.patrick
Hes a talented artist local to the Peterborough area in ontario canada. Hes also a natural with cosmetics. Quinn enjoys the outdoors and you can often find him out in nature. He was always an artist. Quinn also plays around with his guitar. That’s pretty cool actually. Hes a hottie! Go and vote for Quinn now. Sign up for my instagram account @bruceinthecity and hit the like button on this post there. Happy holidays to all my bearded brothers! I cant wait to see who has the most votes and becomes the new Beard Ambassador 2019/2020!
I do a lot of talkin’. It’s what I do. This past month I was blown away by something I saw. I’d like to call her the Angel Lady. Then I discovered there were two. An Angel Lady times two. Changing the lives of a community-in-need and specifically one man in need. Please welcome a local young woman as my guest writer this week. I asked her to share her story, and I’m sure glad she agreed. In these dark times, kindness is such a rare gift. Introducing Sheala McLeod and her dear friend Penny and their story of hope, love, and compassion.
Penny and I bonded over our mutual hatred of the vast amount of wasted food in the restaurant industry. It was disheartening to throw away full meals when ten steps in front of the restaurant someone was begging for food on the street. As a solution, we began to package all of the untouched food our customers left behind. We would bring it to the tent city at the end of our shift. However, 2 homeless people, in particular, would get first dibs on all of the food. Dean and Dougie.
Dean and Dougie share the corner of Charlotte and Water, a corner known around town as “Dougie’s Corner.” However, most days, you would only find Dean sitting there. Penny and I taught the rest of the servers to save untouched food and bring it to the homeless, but it felt like we weren’t doing enough for our resident street guest.
Penny and I are inseparable. Every morning we go for coffee and drive around the city. Last week we were doing what we always do, dancing like idiots, drinking coffee, and driving around when we passed “Dougie’s Corner” and saw our buddy Dean panhandling. At first, we reach for our wallets and scrambling to find change before we ran out of time, but looking at Dean, it was clear that he didn’t need change, he needed a change of clothes. This was especially evident when he stood up, and we noticed he had holes all throughout his pants, and the butt was almost entirely missing. Knowing how frigid our winters are, I pointed out his pants to Penny. I asked the simple question, “Should we take him shopping?” to which Penny ecstatically responded, “Absolutely!”
We pulled over and asked Dean if he would like us to take him shopping; he responded sweetly, “That would be great, thank you.” We let him in the car, passed him a smoke and headed for Talize, stopping quickly for some McDonald’s and hot coffee. On our drive, we bonded with Dean. He shared insights into the reality of life on the streets and its clear he’s no different than anyone else. He had fallen into the wrong crowd at the wrong time. Shopping with Dean was easy. He wasn’t picky, he just wanted clothes that fit right and would keep him warm. We spent less than an hour in Talize and had completely filled a cart of items to keep Dean warm this winter. The last thing we needed to get Dean was proper winter boots as his were full of holes, let water in and caused his feet to freeze. Knowing that sometimes Dean would sleep outside and seeing the snow on the ground, we knew this wasn’t an item to get second hand. Luckily, Canadian Tire falls right beside Talize, so it was only a short trip over. We bought Dean proper winter boots, good up to -35 degrees, and water wicking socks to keep his feet warm. That was the end of our shopping trip, but the beginning of a great friendship with Dean.
When we dropped Dean off, we told him he could come into the restaurant at any time to get a warm meal, or if he just wanted to talk. Two days later, in fact, he visited me at the restaurant for some lunch and to let me know some fantastic news. Dean was able to get his old job back labouring, now that he had proper clothes. I was elated! Penny was too, our simple act of kindness presented Dean with the possibility of improving his life significantly!
That’s our story! We helped out a person in need, gained a friend, and had a positive impact on someone’s life. If you ask me that is the best gift someone could give.
As you know, I love meeting new people. I think it’s why I enjoy my blog so much. I enjoy conversation with folk I don’t really know. There’s always something to learn and always tears and laughs to be had. It’s all about the connection for me. If you’ve got a life story or a talent or passion you’d like to share. Just hit me up on Instagram @bruceinthecity Facebook Bruce Christopher or by email firstname.lastname@example.org and office 4163038548.
Here’s a guy who’s living the dream. Nick Folco is hooking up dudes with badass hairstyling that even your mother will love. Take a moment to meet this Bearded Barber.
Bruce: When did you get the calling to be a tonsorial artist?
Nick: I was actually just kind of in the right place at the right time sort of thing. My good friends Jerry Filice and Ryan Baker opened a shop called Village Cigar Company & Barbershop. I was very unhappy, at the time, with my job as skateboard buyer. One night after a hockey game we had played together, we got to chatting, and they mentioned they were looking for new barbers that would fit the mold they had created. They looked my way and said I was a perfect fit; I just needed to learn the trade. I took the information home and chatted with my wife about it. She thought it was a very cool idea and thought I would be a lot happier every day doing something this cool, day in and day out. So I quit my day job and got a part-time job to help pay bills, and when I wasn’t there, I was in the barbershop learning everything I could and doing all the grunt work in the shop.
Bruce: What inspired you to pursue barbering?
Nick: My inspiration came from a place of pure struggle. I didn’t like the life I was living. Driving to Toronto from Milton or Burlington every day. It really wears a person down, especially when you get there and hate the job you’re doing and who you’re doing it for. Once I got to see my mentor, John Courtney, do his thing up close and personal, I was motivated and driven like I had never been. I love seeing a big head of hair come in and get chopped down into something a lot cleaner.
Bruce: How do you see this trade? Creatively? Technically? Stepping stone? Women and Gay men magnet? You know everyone thinks hip barbers are the new black?
Nick: This trade is a massive creative outlet. It keeps the brain going. Each and every head of hair is different, and clients usually want things done a little differently. They don’t want to look like every other guy or girl out there. I think this trade has become so massive, in the past bunch of years, that it has opened the doors to a lot of people who may not have known they wanted to do something like this until they got the chance to try it. Much like myself, because of being offered this job, by some friends, I have told a ton of people just try it or come by and watch a couple of cuts and see what you think. But know this, this skill won’t just be there for you, it takes time and patience, and you have to work for it.
Nick: Hahaha, I am married for three years now to my best friend before our marriage. We have two beautiful girls together, and it has been the craziest ride, but I love it, and my girls are my world!
Bruce: Wow! I threw up in my mouth a little. Where do you see the industry in the 10 years? Beards in? Beards out? Buzz in! Buzz out!?
Nick: I think this industry will be even larger in 5 years! We have so many world-famous barbers out there, pushing knowledge and tips and tricks. It can only go up from here. Beards will always be in. I believe it’s all personal preference. Styles will change here and there, but the classics never fade!
Bruce: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Nick: I would like to see myself owning my own shop someday. Somewhere I can cut hair a few days a week and have a couple of other things for people to look at while at my shop would be great.
Bruce: Very sexy! I mean cool! I’d like a few pics of your favourite cuts. What are your three favourite cuts?
Nick: If I had to choose three favourites, I love a clean tapered outside part. Slick backs were always a challenge of mine in the beginning, but I reached out to a few artists for help and got some amazing tips that helped me greatly, so those have become number 2. And lastly, I love to work on a messy textured look. This again was something I wasn’t fully comfortable doing in the beginning, so I went to a couple of classes where one of my favourite barbers, Marty Conrad, did a lot of texture work and showed the class how it’s done.
Bruce: Do you know where I can get some great poppers? I’m just kidding!!
Nick: 180 Bar and Restaurant had some great jalapeño poppers!! Check em out!
Bruce: SWEET! Tell me a bit about your relationship and career here, at Providence!
Nick: Providence was again one of those things where I have been very lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Over the past bunch of years, I have networked with some amazing people and made great friendships. One of them being my good buddy, Kyle Mcdonald, who did a lot of the branding and logo work for Providence. He called me one day, while I was living in Hamilton, and looking for a change and told me Mike Watt, his buddy, was opening a new shop, and they needed a barber. I was unsure about it at first, due to the big move, and not knowing much about Peterborough. I hopped on the phone with Mike, and we hit it off immediately. It was like we had been friends for a very long time. After I hung up the phone, my wife Kirstley had a big smile on her face, and I asked her, are we moving to Peterborough, and she said, let’s do it. Mike is a great mentor to me. I explained to him that I eventually want to open up my own shop, and he told me if I helped him get set up and running, he will help me. Learning from someone who’s run a successful business for over 20 years, how could I say no? Mike and his crew welcomed us with open arms and have all become our family so quickly. It made our transition super easy.
Bruce: Can you recommend a good beard balm and oil?
Nick: I don’t use a lot of beard oil myself, but my clients love the Dapper Oil we sell at Providence, and I know that the brand Victory has a great oil. Both made of great essential oils. I’m a big beard balm guy. I find the beard wash from Bluebeard Original and Crown Shaving Co. Beard balm works for me. This stuff is all personal preference. Find the right product that works best for your hair and skin.
Bruce: I’ll have to check them out! Thanks so much for hanging out and doing me this afternoon. Bad readers! Bad! We’re talking hair here! My readers are crazy little critters. I just know they and myself would love a couple of tantalizing facts about you outside of your professional world. So spill it.
Nick: Thank you so much for coming in for a cut. It was so great meeting you. We had a great chat. You made it very easy to keep a conversation going. I’m not usually that good at talking!! I don’t know about tantalizing, but I honestly am such a homebody. I love to put on some Taylor Swift or Panic At The Disco, with my oldest daughter, and have dance parties in our living room. I’m a horrible dancer, so it’s the only place you’ll catch me doing this. I love a good cigar. I have a few while I golf all summer, and then I put the clubs away and bring out the hockey sticks for the winter. I learned how to make syrup this year and will be doing much more of it in the future. I had a ton of fun collecting sap and boiling it all down to its final form. I’m just a regular average dude, I guess, haha.
Bruce: It’s been a pleasure. I’m certain you’ll be getting a hold of my head in the not so distant future! Thanks again, Nick Folco, you’re badass. And Happy Holidays!
Article by Bruce Christopher
Editor & Publicist: Bruce Law
Hair exclusively by Nick Folco @ Providence Peterborough.
Not to readers:
After interviewing Barber Nick Folco. He has become my official tonsorial and I couldn’t be more happy!
Acclaimed Barber Nick Folco is my official Stylist for my ever important hair and beard care. A talented class act of a Man. Currently barbering at Providence in the heart of Peterborough. In my unwavering opinion “If you fellows bearded or otherwise are not booking with Nick, well you’re just not booking with the best.” Bruce Christopher