He calls himself the backpack barber and says after more than five years of sobriety, his way of giving back to those who are still out on the streets is by offering free haircuts and shaves.
On a recent sweltering afternoon, Greg Young, co-owner of Nobleman’s Cut & Shave in Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village, places with the tools of his trade — clippers, scissors razors and a small mirror — into a colorfully painted small suitcase — call it a backpack if you’d like.
“The Backpack Barber Foundation services and caters to the homeless community, the less fortunate,” said Young.
On this day, Young, 34, hops onto a golf cart driven by his friend, Robert Ernst of the Flagler Village Group, whose offices are next to the barbershop, as they go — headhunting — you might say.
Young and Ernst drive though the grounds of an abandoned building near Fort Lauderdale City Hall on Andrews Avenue. The empty building is now covered with brightly colored murals, but there are no haircut-takers.
At nearby Huizenga Plaza, Edward Ladaker, formerly of Naranja in south Miami-Dade, but currently living under a downtown bridge, seems startled by the approach of Young, who could be mistaken for a bearded hipster.