GLOVERSVILLE - Persistence and determination to open two new ventures in the city paid off for entrepreneur Michael Ortiz-Medina on Wednesday night.
The city Planning Board approved the man's plans to open a barbershop and, later, a restaurant.
Ortiz-Medina, proprietor and barber, will oversee operations at the 17-19 N. Main St. site. The location formerly housed The Costume Shop.
He said after last night's board meeting that an August grand opening for the barbershop is anticipated.
The barber shop will be set up on one side of the leased area on Main Street; the restaurant will be located in the adjacent, sectioned-off space.
He has a five-year business plan from which he will chart his course. Under his arm, he carried schematic drawings of the plans that will take shape as the barber shop and restaurant.
He especially wants to hire people who are underemployed, "working in jobs that don't really suit their education."
Lisa D. Connell covers Gloversville news. She can be reached at email@example.com.