“It was just me, a chair and a tool bench here when I opened the shop back then. Now, we have me, two other stylists, an esthetician and things all over the place that reflect my personality now, and I love it . this.”
Word spread about the business to different platforms, including Trans Northland, and it led to a customer trying something different.
“So I’ve been to a lot of salons where I’ve tried to cut my hair really short, and they tell me it’s not girly. So, the first time I came here, Bee told me it was all about the hair. “Not about the gender, not about the person; it’s about the hair We cut our hair; it made me feel really comfortable being myself and allowed her to have that freedom to do that,” explained Superior’s Kristi Moos.
When Golding came out on the social platform for deep cuts, he thought it might affect his business, but the reaction was the opposite.
“I was really nervous about it because in hair salons, that doesn’t go down very well. So, I said, I’m just taking the Band-Aid off and seeing what happens and making a post telling people that this is Who I am. Being trans doesn’t it takes the clips out of my hands, it doesn’t affect how my razor works, it doesn’t affect how I cut your hair, take it or leave it essential. And luckily Duluth is a great place, and people supports him, and I’m very grateful for that and always will be.”
For Golding, looking back on how far he’s come is a time to “reflect on where I started, honestly; it really comes down to an immense gratitude for this community and the people in it. They made me feel at home.”
“I want everyone to feel welcome here! Not just people in this community; I want everyone to feel welcome here.