After graduating college, Calvin Quallis landed a good-paying job in finance that many of his peers might have envied. But he wasn’t happy. The work wasn’t fulfilling and he sought a different path.
The result was Scotch Porter, a men’s grooming company based in his native Newark. He began by formulating his products in his kitchen and developing the company’s message. Now, Scotch Porter products are available in big retail chains and Quallis has become a Newark business celebrity.
For this edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige spoke with Quallis about the company’s growth, his ties to Newark and what inspired him to get into the grooming business. “I grew up in my mom’s beauty parlor, barbershop – my brother and I spent tons of time in my mom’s shop,” he said. “And … what I remember the most is folks coming in, sitting in my mom’s chair or one of the other barbers and stylists and sort of being transformed and getting up, looking in the mirror popping the collar and walking out with an entirely new step. And it was the ability of my mom and others to help people feel better about themselves and that really stuck with me.”