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Welcome to Eddie’s Barbershop"title"

It wouldn’t have felt right to have an edition of Barrow Voice without a welcome to a new hair stylist/beauty parlour but phew, we’re OK because a young Barrovian, born and bred, has started up a business in the High Street as a barber. So well done Eddie for seeing the gap in the market and moving in smartly to fill the empty shop left by Jane Gilks.

Eddie Perry opened his Barbershop on May 27th and judging by the difficulty I had to catch him between customers, things are looking pretty good. Eddie cuts the hair of men and boys, trims beards and hopes to offer a shaving service in the future. He accepts “walk-ins” but is increasingly finding that customers would like to make appointments. At the moment he does both. I have heard glowing reports from satisfied customers and he explained that whereas the traditional short back and sides is easy and quick, many young men are seeking modern styles which may take twice as long. Eddie is keen to establish customer loyalty and gives discounts on 5th and 10th visits.

Eddie went to Hall Orchard, Humphrey Perkins, Rawlins and then on to Loughborough College to do his hairdressing course. Apprenticeships followed in Quorn and Anstey but it wasn’t until he went to Lanza in Sileby that anyone actually gave him a proper training. College was mostly theory and the first two apprenticeships taught him to wash hair, make coffee and sweep up hair clippings. He is deeply grateful to Lanza for actually teaching him to cut hair. He managed to persuade friends to let him practice – he says you need to complete at least 5 full cuts before you even start to get the hang of it. Watching him carry out a trim while I asked questions, he certainly has the hang of it now.

Eddie also explained about the rent-a-chair system which he is hoping to establish. His new business has two barber’s chairs even though there is only one barber. It is standard practice for a fellow barber to rent the spare chair to attend to his own customers and also help keep down the queue of “walk-ins”. Eddie is delighted with the way the business has blossomed. He says he’s never worked so hard in all his life but he knows he’s doing a good job and is very happy to be part of Barrow’s business community.

Judith Rodgers