Audio Recordings "If you want to run a business and make a success of it, you must be friendly."
- "If you want to run a business and make a success of it, you must be friendly."
- Contributor Names
- McDowell, Rev. Louis (Narrator)
- Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - African Americans
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Work ethic
- - Family-run businesses
- - Customer relations
- - Barbershops
- - Family-owned business enterprises--Succession
- - McDowell's Barber Shop (Paterson, N.J.)
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Reverend Louis McDowell, owner, McDowell's Barber Shop.
- - Summary of audio segment: (Indicates his grandson and says he wants to teach him the trade) Want to leave this business in the hands of the family; I started this business out of necessity because there were seven children; (sound of the clippers) I was a busboy, waiter and I did everything to make ends meet; this guy is a good customer of mine and when they stay away too long it bothers me. It's like that old saying: if you serve good food they'll be back; if I miss them a long time, then I have an inkling that they'll be around soon. In this business you have to take a lot and not everybody's like him and this goes along with the business. I learned from one of my Jewish friends that the customer is always right and doesn't want to hear your story. "And as the scripture says, 'If you want to win a friend over, you must be friendly,' and so it is. If you want to get customers and if you want to run a business and make a success of it, you must be friendly and this is about the size of making business."
- Digital Audio Tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A022
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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