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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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The American Barber Association Wants to Celebrate the Service of Retiring Barbers

The American Barber Association, the leading voice of Barbers and Barbershops in America, wants to expand its efforts to celebrate the service of Barbers who are retiring. Often Barbers spend 40, 50 or sometimes 60 years serving customers and the ABA wants to make sure these Barbers are recognized by the industry for their service.    If you know of a Barber that is retiring, contact the ABA by clicking here.   Thank you!

September 11, 2017
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American Barber Association Begins Recognizing Elite Barbers

certificate example sample 1The American Barber Association (ABA) is proud to announce that it will begin awarding its the industry’s leading barbers with recognition awards.    The awards will be for a number of categories, including; “Elite”, “Master” and “Professional” Barbers.   This program is the result many ABA members and Board members voicing strong support for the program and expressing a need to recognize excellence among the more than 400,000 barbers and stylist in America.


Dublin VA – After 63 years, Master Barber John Bryant is retiring as a barber

For barbers the recognition is way overdue.   Many barbers work for decades serving customers and, in the process, being recognized as leaders in their communities.   These Barbers often are recognized by local elected officials or barbershops but, up until now, there has been no industry recognition for the commitment, dedication and professionalism.

The process to apply for recognition is simple.   To learn more or to apply for recognition, click here.


August 24, 2017
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