Ray's Barbershop -- Essex Junction
I can't say for certain that I remember my first haircut, but I can tell you that I went to that same barber every couple of months for 21 years. It had the spinning poll outside striped in red, white, and blue and Anthony, the barber, gave out a blow-pop when he finished cutting your hair, bliss. I have been looking for a good barber ever since I moved to Vermont over 10 years ago -- a barber like I had back in those halcyon days of my youth -- and I haven't found him/her yet (and here it comes) . . . until now. Ray's is your typical family barber (for something more chic and sophisticated read my review of the Men's Room) with one twist -- Ray recently sold off the business to three women who now cut hair at Ray's. The look and feel inside is very much like I remember from that "barbershop of my youth," call it hunting lodge chic. Service is quick and easy with great care taken to make sure you get the cut you want and that you look good on your way out the door. With a tip your cut should cost you no more than between $15 and $18. Get your hair cut and bring the kids, I'm too old for a lollipop, but it wouldn't surprise me if ladies running Ray's kept that tradition alive as well.