Commentary by Jason Peek
At Main Street Barber Shop I get customers from all walks of life and get to hear a lot about what people think about Carmel. We all have an opinion on issues, and I see a lot of people on Carmel social media pages complaining about debt, overspending and road construction on and on.
I have things I like and don’t like, but I have been quite happy and impressed with the current administration and how they have seen a vision and made it happen. I know we can’t make everyone happy, and some just thrive on complaining and trolling, but it’s not my style. If I hated Carmel so much I would move on, but I have watched the city grow and become a destination place. You can barely get a home in Carmel that’s not pending a sale almost immediately from people trying to move in.
When I started barbering in 2001 I was cutting hair for maybe 10 people on a good day, and now I can do 50. Main Street Barber Shop has grown so fast that we have hired two new barbers in three months (welcome Nick Beverly and Chuy Resendez, two excellent barbers).
I may not like everything that is going on, but I intend to grow with the city and be a positive person toward it and not try to change other people’s minds by trolling and complaining with my opinion. Why? Because in the 46 years I’ve been alive I have never seen a Democrat and Republican chatting and one of them stop and say, “Holy cow, you’re right! I’ve been wrong all these years.”
We’re all opinionated, and we all think we’re right, so we might as well just move on and enjoy our short lives and be a positive force where you can.
Jason Peek is the owner of Main Street Barber Shop.