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Shave and a haircut? It's harder and harder to find the little corner barbershop to give you one

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As I person with hair, albeit less in number and a lot grayer, I remain a big fan of the corner barbershop.

My dad would take me to Art Malzahn's in Sheboygan when I was but a little kid--a tiny two-chair place that smelled of tonics, complete with a jar full of black combs soaking in that mysterious blue liquid.   I'd climb up in the chair (complete with booster) and order what I called "a Krushchev": a "butch" haircut.    It was the 60's and the Cold War was going on.   

 

 

The line KILLED every time I dropped it.   Trust me.

Maybe you had to be there.

Our family moved to another part of town, my hair grew out and my tonsorial habits changed.   I remained  a fan, though, of the corner shop, going to a little place in Shorewood when I first got to Milwaukee (technically a salon,) and then to Your Father's Mustache in Hales Corners when I moved to that part of town.

Shops like that are getting harder and harder to find, though, as the trend shifts to large salons or sports-themed discount operations that look more a "Hooters" with hair.   

So, it's nice to see time standing still in--of all places--Sheboygan, where a corner shop is changing hands soon.   A long time barber is retiring, handing his place over to a woman who vows to keep it as is.

I'll have to drive up there someday just to see if it's true.   I won't be ordering "a Kruschev", though.  I'd end up looking less and less Soviet, and more and more Stooge.

 

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