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New owner for City Barber Shop

by: Photo By Tony Ahern - Frank Maes, left, is the new owner of the City Barber Shop in downtown Madras. Bill O'Brien, a regular customer at Maes' shop in Redmond, came down for a cut last Monday.


   The City Barber Shop has a new owner.
   Frank Maes recently purchased the Fifth Street shop, long owned by recently retired Ernie Walston,
   Maes actually worked for Walston from 1959 until 1964 and, after 40 years, is back clipping hair in Madras. He has been in the barber business most of his life, most recently running shop a in Redmond for the last 10 years.
   Maes will be operating the shop by himself, and maintaining hours of 7:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. He hasn't yet gotten phone service, but Maes says there's no need to call for an appointment -- just come in.
   The City Barber Shop is located at 218 S.W. Fifth St., directly across Pepe's Restaurant.
   Maes said he has long enjoyed Madras. When he lived here in the 1950s, he was part of the car club The Drifters. He still is an auto buff, and his candy apple red Rivieria is on display at Truce Auto in Madras.
   Maes takes great pride in providing quality cuts for a low price. The standard haircut is $10. He has a frequent customer card whereby every fifth haircut is free.
   Maes also has a discount Monday program, targeted for elderly folks on tight budgets and anyone down on their luck financially. From 7 a.m. until noon every Monday, Maes will give a haircut for just $5.