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 . . .


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Comment by Minh Nguyen on December 9, 2013 at 5:28pm

I have a shop that i have been going to for over 12 years but will definately give Boulevard Barber a try at my next hair cut due date.  Heck.. i may just go in to have a beer and sit in the old fashioned chair.

Comment by David B. Givens on December 6, 2013 at 9:05am

I neglected to mention Boulevard Barber's contact information: 8283 La Mesa Boulevard, (619) 464-6500; just east of my sister's cool Lifesighs shop.  Thanks!

Comment by chris shea on December 6, 2013 at 8:31am
Lovely piece of writing. But it's what I'd expect! Nicely done.
Sounds like a wonderful fit for the village of La Mesa.

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