Love where you live!
Being a barber is about taking care of the public. --Anthony Hamilton (musician and former barber)
SPOKANE -- Greetings from Spokane (“The Lilac City”), Washington. As a former resident of La Mesa (I lived on University Place), I like to keep pace with goings-on in the Village. When I heard that Boulevard Barber & Shave had come to town, I knew I had to try it. So, last week on my Thanksgiving visit to see family in San Diego and La Mesa, I stopped by. Owner and lead barber, Kristy Allenson, cordially welcomed me, sat me down in a vintage barber chair, and offered me a bottled soft drink or beer from her antique refrigerator. Then she began cutting my hair. If being offered a libation in her shop was a comfort, more comforting still was Kristy’s light touch and obvious skill with scissors, and her engaging “bedside manner” with customers. I felt right at home in her shop, thoroughly enjoyed my haircut, and even got to pet the shop’s resident yellow lab, Codi. When I was little, I remember my barbers placing boards across the armrests of chairs, like the ones in Boulevard, to prop me up for trimming. Throughout my life, in fact, I’ve enjoyed getting haircuts, but have never enjoyed a better haircut than at Kristy’s. Yes, I live 1,400 miles away in Spokane, but I’ll be back, as long as Alaska Airlines keeps flying me up and down the coast . . .