Barber Trivia

According to the National Association of Barber Boards, the barbering profession began over 6000 years ago, with "barber-surgeons" who cut hair, trimmed beards, pulled teeth, administered medicinal herbs and performed surgery by blood-letting. Today's barbers no longer keep jars of leeches handy, and medicinal herbs are not sold in our shop, but you can be sure The Barber Den is a full-service hair-cutting establishment. (Pulling teeth extra!)

History of The Barber Den

The Barber Den actually began as Broadridge Barbers in 1963, and in 1972 Dennis Walters took over ownership, bringing on board his brother-in-law Doug MacLean. When the location moved to the north side of the shopping center, the new name - The Barber Den - was coined, and so its reputation began as a comfortable place for men to gather for a haircut, some conversation and an occasional joke or two.

Dennis semi-retired in 2008 and sold the shop to Doug. Since then, Doug has added a third chair and brought in several other barbers, including his oldest son, Phil. In 2018, Phil became the new owner! This family business is still going strong, and the barbers work hard to put out a good cut while making you feel like a part of the family.


Meet the Barbers

Phil MacLeanPhil MacLean gave up his late night career as a bartender to follow in his dad's footsteps as a barber. He is a 2014 graduate of Emily Griffith Barber College, and his expertise in old style straight razor facial shaves has been a great addition to the shop. When Phil isn't running the shop, he spends much of his time creating  and obsessing over his many projects, such as WarWolf Projects and Halloween. 



Jan is a native of Aurora, Colorado. He served in the US Navy for 13 years. His formal training in hair cutting came from school in Grand Junction. In his off time, he plays a mean harmonica in the Fat Chance Blues Band. He's been a great addition to The Barber Den since February 2013.


 With Doug’s move to part time last year,  Richard Arnold joined the Barber Den Team. Richard’s been barbering for 25 years. He is originally from Kingman, Arizona, where he owned a shop for 17 years. He and his wife moved to Colorado in 2015. He, too, comes from a barbering family – his dad owned his own barber shop as well! Richard fits in great at The Barber Den, with his interest in music (plays guitar) and NASCAR. 


Doug MacLeanDoug MacLean

 Doug grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and came to the Denver area with his family in 1971, attending Littleton High School. At his brother-in-law, Den's suggestion, he went to Colorado Barber College in 1974, and as they say, the rest is history. He's an avid Bronco, Indy and NASCAR fan. 



Dennis was born and raised in Watertown, South Dakota. He relocated to Denver, and in 1968, he attended State Barber College and began work at the barber shop. Forty-six years later, he still fills in at the shop often, bringing with him a tall tale or two.


3 Generations at The Barber Den

Phil MacLean, Dennis Walters, Doug MacLean

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