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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

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    You'd think it was a strip joint going up in a church parking lot.

    "Knockouts" got a ton of publicity just by proposing the construction of one of it's salons in Wauwatosa a few weeks ago.   Stylists at "Knockouts" wear short-shorts although the company says the outfits are no more revealing than what one would see at "Hooters".   I'm guessing you see more exposed flesh at Sendiks on a chosen summer day.     "Knockouts" also offers massages, and a few even have liquor licenses.

      One Tosa aldermen opposed the arrival of "Knockouts" during a committee vote, and there was plenty of buzz around town as to whether or not the community needed provocatively dressed ladies serving up crew cuts and brews.

       The full Tosa Common Council had the good sense to let the free market decide, okaying the area's first "Knockouts" Tuesday night.   It'll go up near Mayfair.

       I get my hair cut at Your Father's Mustache in Hales Corners, a throwback shop featuring old-time furnishings and an owner named Wally Jablonski who you wouldn't want to see in short-shorts but who you'll trust with a straight-edge when it's time to shave your neck.   Wally's been in the business for decades and he's seen a ton of changes, among them the volume of competitors as well as the approaches those other shops take.    Hales Corners has more than 20 stylists/salons in a village that covers all of four square miles.    Wally has a competitor right next door--a big salon that went up a few years ago.   There are several more shops/stylists just down the street on Forest Home.

      Then there's the pricing.   Wally gets $15.   Competitors sometimes charge as little as five, national chains that hope to make up the difference through volume.   

      Wally's theme was old-time barbershop ambiance.    Sports-Clips, Knockouts and others of that ilk have their own themes.   Who knew cutting hair was such a competitive industry?  

      I didn't, but I'm glad that Tosa aldermen had the good sense to let the free market decide who does it's collective "do".     65 other communities around the country seemed to think that was the way to go, and don't appear to be turning into either Sodom or Gomorrah.  

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