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50 years in the making
BARSTOW • After 50 years as one of Barstow’s most respected barbers, Carl Hunt decided it was finally time for the “grand opening” of his Uptowner Barber Shop on Main and Second Avenue.
Monday’s grand opening brought out many of Hunt’s longtime clients, some of whom have been getting haircuts from Hunt for more than 40 years.
“I’ve been barbering for 50 years and I’ve never had a grand opening,” Hunt said. “(Barstow resident Michael Moore) and I got to talking and I said ‘you know what, I think I’ll do a grand opening.’ ”
Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre and former mayor Lawrence Dale were amongst the well-wishers who stopped by the packed Uptowner on Monday morning. Miss Barstow 2013 Juliet Manzanares and Miss Teen Barstow 2013 Jalynn Santos were also in attendance for the festive grand opening.
“Some people don’t know what this barber shop is all about,” Hunt said. “They go to Fantastic Charlie’s or something like that. But this is the real deal here. This is the last of the barber shops. Most of these guys I’ve known for 40 years anyhow.”
Hunt became inspired to hold a 50-years-in-the-making grand opening after talking to Moore, a Franklin D. Roosevelt impersonator.
“I just wanted a free haircut,” joked Moore as he sat in the barber chair Monday.
Thanks to the Uptowner’s policy of free haircuts for people 100 and older, “FDR” got his hair shaped up free of charge.
“I’ve been in this building since it was a hot dog stand,” Hunt said. “Let’s have a 50-year (celebration), and I’ll have my friends come down. This turned out great because they’re all from around here, and a guy like me has been here since I was 6 years old.”