LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bemidji needs more barbers
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I am a former full-time resident of Bemidji and have been living in the city every summer for the last 11 years. I now travel to Arizona or Texas for the winter to enjoy the warmth instead of the cold. I come here to enjoy family, old friends and fishing as well as possibly hunting. I am also a donating member of the Bemidji Senior Center.
Eleven years ago there were four men's barber shops in the city. As I write this message, I found there are presently no men's barber shops. This means I must look elsewhere to get a haircut. So, I went to the yellow pages and found out two are listed. Upon research, I noted one passed away and the other retired a year and a half ago.
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I also noticed that Bagley, Shevlin, Blackduck, Walker and possibly Cass Lake do not have a barber listed in their community. That means that men of a community that draws from 50,000 persons who do business in it have no way to get a haircut from a trained barber.
Yes, a man here can make an appointment at a beauty shop and get a haircut if he so desires to do so. I, however, do not. I am not against a woman working on my hair, my favorite barber in southern California just happens to own her barber shop and does a great job.
If I were to go to a beauty shop to get a cut, what would I enjoy? No men's magazines (sports, business, etc.). No other man in sight — only women getting their hair colored, cut, permed, nails colored or fake installed on both toes and fingers. Nothing to entice a man to return. This all would not make me a happy person, believe me.
I would like to suggest the Bemidji Mayor, City Manager or Chamber of Commerce get to work on this oversight. Just contact the Minnesota School of Barbering, 3615 E Lake St. Minneapolis, MN, or call (612) 722-1996, and request they attempt to assist in finding a good candidate. We men need the assistance. And, you would be adding a new citizen (and maybe family) to the business community.