One of the last remaining African-American-owned barber shops in Northeast Portland closed Tuesday, three days before PP&L was scheduled to shut off its power.
But owner Rickey Brame does not blame the utility company for the demise of Studio Six Nine Hair Design. The power is being shut off because of a construction-related dispute with a white-owned restaurant being built next door.
“This is all about gentrification. It’s like all the other black-owned businesses that got pushed out of the neighborhood by white-owned businesses,” says Brame, whose family owns both the barber shop and the building where it is located, at 543 N.E. Killingsworth St.
But Brian Alfrey, the co-owner of the restaurant under construction at 533 N.E. Killingsworth, says the accusation is unfair. Alfrey says he was born and raised in the neighborhood, and the dispute is the kind of thing that happens at redevelopment projects all over town, regardless of the races of the owners.
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