After spending three years as an investment consultant in San Francisco, Marian Lee returned home to Hawaii to care for an ill parent. While living back at home, Marian was faced with finding a job in a plummeting job market. The MBA graduate decided to take a leap of faith and began into entrepreneurship and open Mojo Barbershop. Before opening her new business, Marian knew she would need help so she contacted her local SCORE chapter.
Mojo Barbershop was voted by Honolulu Magazine as “Best Men’s Indulgence.” It has also been featured in The New York Times, T Magazine, HI Luxury, FLUX, The Star Advertiser, and Hawaiian Airlines Hana Hou Magazine. Playboy Magazine recognized Mojo Barbershop as the #4 Retro Barbershop in the nation. And in April 2013, Mojo barbershop was awarded “Best New Business” by Pacific Edge Magazine, a leading new age business magazine in Hawaii. Mojo Barbershop was also recognized by SCORE as the 2014 Outstanding Minority-Owned Small Business.
Marian's mentor Vince Dydasco, helped Marian and Mojo Barbershop from its conception with management, marketing and public relations. Vince was able to help Marian plan and execute a comprehensive business plan that supported her vision to re-invent the old fashioned barbershop into a more modern but still traditional place where men can go not only for great grooming services but to also socialize with others in the community.