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IT career gives way to barbershop

APOLLO BEACH — Marion Jones had a successful career in information technology, but he really wanted to work with combs and scissors, not computers.

"My wife and I have been living in Ruskin for six years," Jones said. "We're both in IT. But it has always been my dream to open a barbershop."

So that's exactly what he did. In November, Jones opened MVP Barbers.

Business at MVP is so far going well, he said. But he hasn't completely given up on Jones & Jones Services, the IT business he runs with his wife. He's concentrating on the barbershop and she focuses on the IT consulting work, but they run both together.

"I'm the vice president of that one, and she's the vice president of this one," he said.

MVP offers hair styling services for both men and women, and Jones said if he continues to attract more women and girls he may change the name and bill MVP as a salon.

But for now, it's a barbershop. One thing Jones said he wanted to do is update the image of the barbershop, so he made sure that MVP had a pleasant ambiance where people can enjoy their experience, whether they're getting their hair cut or simply waiting for their sons or daughters.

It's at 6116 U.S. 41 N, south of Big Bend Road in the same plaza as Winn-Dixie. Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (813) 938-1101 or visit

Restoration company expands at I-4 and I-75

TAMPA — If your house gets flooded or catches fire, or even if you have a bad mold problem, there's a good chance you'll be running into Darren Impson or one of his employees.

Impson owns the Hillsborough County franchise of Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling. The Jacksonville-based company has offices all over the country. Its specialty is taking care of buildings that have been damaged by some kind of catastrophe.

"We specialize in putting people's lives, businesses and homes back in order after a tragedy," Impson said.

Impson had owned two Paul Davis Restoration franchises in Hillsborough County, but recently closed one in the western part of the country and greatly expanded the facility near the intersection of interstates 4 and 75. He still serves all of Hillsborough County.

It's mostly the office and warehouse space that has been expanded. The facility also has a showroom that has just about anything someone might want to choose when a home or office is being restored — kitchens, bathroom fixtures, flooring and the like — but it's only open by appointment.

Paul Davis Restoration also handles regular home remodeling, Impson said, but most of its business is taking care of damaged buildings. Besides requiring special expertise to make sure homes and offices are safe to move back into, it also means that crews have to work very fast so that people can get back into their homes as quickly as possible.

For information, visit firesmoke or call (813) 984-2700.

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