I don't know about you, but to me a haircut represents who I am, and I don't trust just anyone to put cutting devices near my head.
When I was a child my grandfather would take me to the same barber that he went to when it was time for me to get my hair cut. I remember the old fashioned coke machine, the smell of the shaving cream and the blue stuff, the old timey music playing softly in the background, and the group of old men that would sit and read the paper and talk about who knows what.
Then, after my grandfather passed away, my mom brought me to some new places. I never liked them. I mean, it was always someone else cutting my hair, the music was too loud, and it just didn't have the same relaxed atmosphere. I never had the same enthusiasm about getting a haircut as I did when I was a kid.
Well, all that changed when I started going to Ed's Barber Shop. Tucked away in a busy shopping center, Ed's is where I go when my wife wants to shop and I want to relax.
Ed's is a family owned business that has been in operation for close to 40 years. The same people work there now that worked there when I started going. I see a lot of the same faces when I go in, and everyone seems to have something polite to say or a conversation to be a part of.
To top it off, they do things the old fashioned way. Sure, they use modern equipment for the majority of the haircut, but nothing, and I mean nothing, beats the warm lather and shave with a straight razor (on the back of the neck) at the end. I equate it to the male version of a day spa.
You'd think that with all the competition around (and there is a major chain salon right next door to Ed's) that Ed's would have to raise it's prices in order to perform all of the services and personalization that they do. Nope. They are at least a few dollars cheaper than the other places.
So, if you're looking for a great haircut at a fair price in a relaxing, old fashioned atmosphere, head over to Ed's.
If you're looking for loud music, a barber that will cut your hair to the latest 'fashion' whether you like it or no, or high pressure sales to buy mousse and gels, then go next door.