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The barbers are taking a break on Saturday, September 5th, to enjoy the Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of summer. Read our newest blog, What Does Labor Day Mean to You?

Labor Day at the Barber Den

Posted 9/1/2014

Change begets change

Labor Day Weekend has always marked the end of summer fun and the beginning of the fall season, with schools back in session, football season gearing up and shorter, cooler days. The shop closes for the Labor Day holiday, and for a number of years, I volunteered to help out at the local MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, another Labor Day staple.

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Getting the Cut You Want

Posted 8/19/2014

Hot summer days send guys running to their barber for something cooler, shorter and off the ears. The cut you have in mind might not be what you get, if you aren’t able to communicate your wishes correctly. “A little off the top and sides” might mean a ¼” touch-up to the barber, while you were expecting something much shorter. If using shears, your barber will measure with his or her fingers at one to two inch lengths. This gives you a good overall blend.

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Koken Barber Chairs

Posted 7/27/2014

When you step into The Barber Den, the first thing you will likely notice is that the walls are covered with sports memorabilia. Once you’re greeted by the barbers, however, you will see what makes this a truly vintage barber shop. 

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Do-It-Yourself Haircuts

Posted 7/12/2014

Every couple of months, we get someone in the shop who wants his hair cleaned up or fixed. Either a family member tried to save him a few bucks since his last cut, or he attempted to use the clipper on his electric razor to give himself a buzz cut. One of the barber’s best business boosts involved people buying an adjustable clipper attached to a vacuum. That brought in more business than your momma’s bowl cut!

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Let Freedom Ring

Posted 6/30/2014

Dateline July 4th, 1776. It had been a busy month. In June, the Virginia delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, Richard Henry Lee had proposed that “…these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved." From those words, the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. The 13 colonies voted to accept it on July 2nd and finally, with edits and copies made, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed his…well, “John Hancock” to the document that would ultimately create a democratic government unlike any the world had known. 

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To Clip or Snip!

Posted 6/23/2014

ToolsThe tools of the barber trade – clippers and shears. The Master Barber is skilled in using either or both of these haircutting tools depending on the style of cut as well as the texture to be achieved. The more you know about how each is used, the better you can communicate your preferred haircut to your barber.

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Barbers vs. Cosmetologists

Posted 6/16/2014

A lot of people think that the biggest difference between a barbershop and a hair salon is that barbershops cut men’s hair and salons cut women’s hair. Pretty simplistic thinking, and not quite true. Hair salons, sometimes

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Getting Special Treatment on Father's Day

Posted 6/9/2014

The observance of Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June was designated by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, but it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard M. Nixon declared it a national holiday. 

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Now Open Mondays!

Posted 6/2/2014

[Edited - as of 9/1/14, The Barber Den is once again closed on Mondays, due to staffing changes.] Today we break with barber tradition and for the first time ever, the Barber Den will be open for business on Mondays (excluding holidays). Opening the shop on Mondays gives our five barbers the flexibility of rotating shifts (see each barber’s schedule in the About Us section) and allows our customers more convenience with getting their hair cut.

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Memorial Day Every Day at the Barber Den

Posted 5/26/2014

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to commemorate all who have died serving this great nation. It was originally called Decoration Day, with May 30th designated for the national remembrance. Flowers, ribbons...

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