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Portland’s Dan’s Barber and Styling Salon still a hub for regulars on 60th anniversary

Entering Dan’s Barber and Styling Salon is like stepping back into a time when people cruised the strip, drank diner milkshakes and dropped words like “nifty” in casual conversation.

“In an unlimited number of salons in an unlimited number of strip malls, the ambiance is all the same. It’s either walking into a pristine white ‘80s science lab or a makeshift rainforest. Long gone are the days of the three-chair barber arguing with a regular about the local sports team,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. “Except at Dan’s.”

This month the barber shop, which is housed in a small, modest building on Monroe Street, celebrated its 60th anniversary. Though the space has expanded over the years, much of it remains the same as it was when the late Dan Flambouras emigrated to the United States from Greece and started the business.  Read more.

January 14, 2018
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Barber in her 80’s continues to serve the Fresno community

A Fresno woman has served her community cutting hair for over four decades and she does not have plans to stop anytime soon.

Bettye Luiz, 87, is the owner of Shields & West Barber Shop in Central Fresno. She opened up her shop back in 1977. However, her journey to becoming a barber began in the 1940s.

“I was a kid and did field work, my face looking at the ground and the sun. I told my dad I don’t want this life,” she explained. “I want something better. I wanted to be a barber.”  Read more.

 

January 14, 2018
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Barbers more like brothers than co-workers — for 50 years

While the world around them has changed — from the city to Roosevelt Boulevard to the shopping center — life seems to have stood still inside the Squire Barber Shop.

No one ever walked in and said: “I like what you guys have done with this place.”

There are two leather green couches in the waiting area. They’re 47 years old, and you’re surprised the small TV that sits in the corner isn’t black and white showing “The Andy Griffith Show.”   Read more.

January 14, 2018
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Barbershop helps shape young minds with reading initiative

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The City Cuts Barbershop in Kutztown is offering haircuts and, for young customers, confidence. Inside the shop, you’ll spot all the barbershop essentials, but tucked away in a box is a collection of children’s books.

“Soon as we got the books, we just needed the kids, and once the kids came, it just worked out perfectly,” said barber Jerry Jones.

There’s the typical barbershop talk, but on any given day, you’ll hear something else: children reading books out loud. The shop calls it ‘Books by Kids.’   To read more, click here.

December 7, 2017
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Barbershops are Back; Along with Tattoos, Beards and the Pompadour

Messy-and-Wavy-Slick-Back-e1475069450248-650x650Ask most barbers who have been in the game for more than three decades and they will tell you that the modern barbershop is nowhere near the place where they were in the 50s and 60s.   You can blame the demise of the traditional barbershop on the “grunge look” of the 90s or the disheveled video-game player look of the early part of the 21st century or even the recently popular organic movement – which places more value in wide weeds than manicured lawns.    One thing is clear, though, barbershops are back!

 

September 13, 2017
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The New Barberpreneur: Jacob Sullivan

Most people likely that that Barbers sit around all day waiting for customers, cleaning their tools and stations and talking to one another about sports.   However, the world of barbering is much, much more entrepreneurial and opportunity-focused than that.   Barbers are constantly looking for opportunities to either growth their customer base or their barbershops in new markets.   Here, Baeberpreneur, Jacob Sullivan, talks about what his plans are as  barberpreneur.  Read more.

September 12, 2017
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No Shortcuts: The Importance of a Retirement Plan for the Professional Barber

Barbers work hard, real hard! When barbers retire they want to retire happy and comfortably with personal and financial piece of mind.   Fact is, though, the quality of life that a Barber wants in the future depends on what he/she contribute in the present. Therefore to truly enjoy and be able to reap the benefits of retirement you have to start saving into a retirement plan immediately – like when you serve your first customer.  Read more.

September 12, 2017
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Style Icon: The Maestro Wynton Marsalis

Acclaimed musician Wynton Marsalis hits all the right notes as the leader of the impeccably dressed jazz at Lincoln center orchestra. Here, he sits down with writer Darrell Hartman to talk about jazz as a uniquely American art form and share his own style improvisations.  Read more.

September 12, 2017
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How to Get a Job in the 21st Century: A Great Cut, a Nice Suit and a Smile!

We all know that a great haircut is critical to landing a job, but what kind of difference can a great suit make? According to the folks at Career Gear, a nonprofit that helps men in need suit up for job interviews, a mighty big one. Read more.

September 12, 2017
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Jaden Smith Expresses His Cool, One Hair Color At  Time
At Beautycon—a Los Angeles beauty-industry festival—Jaden Smith flexed his grooming skills with a brand-new hair color: something between pink and neon red, faded down to blond on the bottom. Whether it was a fresh dye job, a washed-out, grown-out version of the burgundy color he was sporting last month, or a little of both is difficult to say. Whatever the answer, it contains a lesson: The 19-year-old proved that buzz cuts don’t have to be boring—and can free you up to take more chances with your hair.  Read More.
September 12, 2017
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