What’s the best thing that’s happened in your chair?
Dmarkis: Can we talk about that...legally, I mean...??? What happens at Rudy's stays at Rudy's.
Bambi: It’s not what happened in the chair but after! I had a client that was going through chemo and wanted her head shaved. We took it slow cutting off a little bit at a time until it was all gone. A year later, I was working when this cute lady with a pixie cut ran in and handed me a letter and some flowers. Her letter said I cut her hair the year before and she was so scared but I was gentle and caring. And she was happy to announce she was in remission. It has always stuck with me.
Drea: I have made connections and friends with people that are not in my normal social circle. It's opened my world up to other possibilities, new hobbies and ideas!
Gino: I have been lucky enough to be a part of many people’s life events. Doing haircuts for weddings, engagements, music videos, major television performances as well as funerals. Being there for my folks in those moments is my favorite part of this job.
Who’s one of your favorite clients and why?
Bambi: My favorite client was 5 years old. He sat down in my chair and said “I like to listen to Metallica’s 'Ride the Lightning' on a sunny day." That was the beginning of years of cutting his hair.
Drea: One of my favorite clients, Cole, let me drive his brand new Porsche 911 Sport...and by drive, I mean rip it around to see what it can do!
Brad: I could not pick a single favorite client. After working at Rudy's for over 18 years, my list is long.
What’s the best part about working at Rudy’s?
Dmarkis: The flexibility that Rudy's give to their employees is priceless. You can work at any store all over the country, finish school, take as much time as you need to find yourself, and still return to an understanding job.
Bambi: My co workers and my clients. Building years-long relationships with people. I’ve watched clients grow from kids to adults.
Drea: No dress code. And flexible time off!
Dmarkis: I am a third generation hairstylist. My grandmother opened the first beauty shop in the Dallas, TX area of what is now Trinity Groves. My mother followed suit with two of her own salons and a product line which she operates today. I was around the business all my life and although I joined the Navy to become a computer scientist, I still ended up in hair. It's been 13 years and counting!
Bambi: Because I didn’t want to be a barista anymore. Ha. Really, I had hair stylist friends that had so much fun at work and made a great living doing it. It was artistic. My only regret was that I hadn’t started earlier.
Drea: Because hair is our biggest accessory! Duh!
Brad: It's one of the things I do best.