Krispy Fresh Cutz is expanding to the heart of Newburgh with its new location at 89 Broadway, after operating for five years out of its Gidney Avenue location.
On Sunday morning community members and local officials welcomed owner Moleek Murphy and his business to the new location with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony.
At Sunday’s event was assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson, Orange County legislator Kevindaryán Luján, city councilman Omari Shakur and members from both Senator James Skoufis’ and Congressman Sean Maloney’s offices.
“He grew up in this community,” said Shakur. “He flourished in this community. We are trying to show a positive example for young people to follow.”
“It is so important to have businesses here,” said Jacobson. The key to a successful downtown is to have a reason to go downtown. In order to have a great downtown, you need great businesses. You were successful at Gidney and you’ll be successful here.”
“Minority owned businesses, with someone from the City of Newburgh, that is really powerful,” said Luján. “I’m hopeful this will set a trend for other people. You can open up a business here.”
Shakur said he wants to make sure that minority communities aren’t displaced and young entrepreneurs like Murphy help show that black owned businesses can succeed and thrive in the city.
The new location was described as “brighter,” and “classier” by those who stepped foot in the barbershop on Sunday.
Murphy said he “always wanted to be on Broadway,” and now his dreams have been brought to life with the recent expansion. He’s been cutting hair for 25 years now.
With the expansion of the barber shop, Murphy is able to give another barber the opportunity to run the original location.
“We’re a family orientated barbershop,” said Murphy. “You can bring your family. It’s a good atmosphere and we are friendly.”
He hopes to buy his own building down the road. He said that his family is his motivation and he continues to cut hair so his family can “have a better life.”
They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Walk-ins are welcome or call ahead to schedule an appointment.