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King City Barber Shop makes a move to bigger digs

The business relocates right across Queen Elizabeth Street
by: Barbara Sherman JUST A TRIM, PLEASE — (Foreground) Longtime King City barber Sandra Myers cuts the hair of Bob Santee, a Summerfield resident who is a longtime client, while in the background, Darlene Weil cuts the hair of Bill Saltzman of Tigard.

The venerable King City Barber Shop is still in King City, but it is no longer in the original King City Plaza building.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the three-chair barber shop moved across Queen Elizabeth to new and bigger digs. While barbers Sandra Myers, Darlene Weil and Dan Smith are still settling in, they are open for business and loving their new location.

"We put in the floor, painted and brought in the cabinets from the old shop," said Weil while cutting Bill Saltzman's hair on June 10. "I opened Tuesday (May 31) while Sandra finished cleaning up the old location."

Myers opened the King City Barber Shop 35 years ago and was the longest-term tenant in the Plaza building.

"I outlasted every other business, and I said I wouldn't ever say goodbye - I would just leave," she said while cutting Bob Santee's hair. "But I love it. I thought about retiring for a day or two, but I would miss the people too much."

Myers is gradually cutting back on her time in the shop, with Smith picking up the slack while Weil is purchasing the business from her.

Regular clients coming through the door of the new shop for the first time were having favorable reactions to the new space, according to Myers and Weil.

"It's a nice place here," Santee said.

Weil isn't exactly a newcomer to the area or the business - she has been cutting hair for 38 years and formerly worked in Dee's Barber Shop in the King City Plaza before becoming an independent contractor for Myers 13 years ago.

The owner of Leo's Mixer Shop located next door to Myers in the Plaza wanted to expand his liquor store, and Myers said that ultimately, "it worked out really well. I'm happy with this location and to go at a slower pace."

Weil added, "We looked all over for a location and decided on this one, which makes it so much easier for everyone. We wanted to stay in the same location, especially after we realized there are no other barber shops in this area - that was one of the main reasons we decided to open a barber shop in this building."

Most of their clients make appointments, but the barbers do accept walk-ins.

"Most new people are walk-ins the first time," Myers said.

The King City Barber Shop is located at 11725 S.W. Queen Elizabeth, Suite C. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 503-620-5344.