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10 Questions for Hugo Pasato

Founder of Main Event Barbershop

Editor’s Note: The Peekskill Herald’s “10 questions …”, column is for readers to know more about those who work in city government, own businesses, and support our city’s development. Today’s column features Hugo Pasato, founder of Main Event Barbershop.

How did you decide to become a barber?

My journey to becoming a barber is one that intertwines with various facets of my life, starting from my childhood. My mother, a professional hair stylist, was a significant influence on me. Even though I often critiqued her work, especially when she cut my younger brother’s hair, I always felt I could give him a sharper hairline.

Hugo P. (Photo by Calvin Lom)

My career took an unexpected turn while I was serving in the Navy. Diagnosed with cancer just before a deployment, I returned home to undergo immediate chemotherapy. After completing my treatment, I wanted to get back to work and started cutting hair on weekends. An opportunity soon arose to help the barber who used to cut my hair, which reignited my passion for the profession.

When did you decide to start the business?

Fatherhood has always been central to my decisions. Having twin boys, Devin and Damian, at an early age, I found it essential to spend as much time with them as possible. Barbering was ideal because it allowed me to create my own schedule. This flexibility meant I could attend every one of my sons’ field days and trips, often being the only dad present.

How did you come up with the name “Main Event”?

The name “Main Event” reflects my love for boxing, a sport I competed in while representing Be First Boxing. Influential figures like Coach West Artope and Keith Mullings taught me the true meaning of determination and dedication, values that I have embedded in my business.

Main Event Barbershop has grown significantly over the years. I have attended numerous barber expos and implemented a booking application, allowing clients to schedule appointments at their convenience. Many barbers have passed through Main Event’s doors, establishing themselves and contributing to the shop’s strong reputation. Our reviews continuously attract new clients from Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties.

What steps can the city government take to support your business?

I am deeply committed to community engagement. I’ve organized annual back-to-school events, providing school supplies to children, and every Halloween, I transform the barbershop into a haunted house, complete with deejay lighting for an exciting experience. During Christmas, we host toy drives, with some clients even dressing up as Santa for the kids. My passion for deejaying, a skill I’ve honed over the years, also helps bring in new clients.

I dream big and hope for more support from the city’s government to expand these community events. Barbering is at the center of a vast social network, and I meet and connect with many people, helping them in ways beyond just providing a great haircut.

How do you think the city’s development plans (e.g. the recent DRI funding) will affect your business?

The new developments in Peekskill will bring even more new faces, which I see as a positive. Meeting new people always brings fresh perspectives. I love hearing about where people come from and what brings them to our city.

Where is your favorite place to go in Peekskill, and why?

Peekskill is always evolving, with new businesses and residents adding to our community’s vibrancy. I enjoy supporting local establishments like Valley Brook, known for its iconic bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, and La Cabana, which consistently offers great food.

What would you like to say to the Peekskill community?

I want the Peekskill community to know how much I love this city. Despite my travels, Peekskill remains unique. The beauty of catching a sunset while driving down Main Street towards the Riverfront is unmatched. No matter where life takes me, I will always appreciate, respect, and love the City of Peekskill.

Main Event is located at 306 Highland Ave., Peekskill and is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.