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Cutters Barber Shop welcomes customers

POLSON — Both Cutters Barber Shop chairs were full, with one gentleman getting a haircut and the other a straight shave with hot towels. 

Curtains with a mustache motif set the tone in the barbershop, completed by vintage barber chairs, warm lighting, clippers buzzing and the smells of warm, foamy shave cream and Clubman aftershave. 

Suzanne Rosenleaf and Kelly Garcia are the barbers in residence and have operated the shop for five months although they’ve been certified barbers for two years. They moved to Polson from Superior. 

Located at 222 B Main Street, Polson, Cutters is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They provide haircuts for men, women and children, straight razor shaves, beard trimming and head shaves.

“There’s not much wait,” Kelly said. “Both of us work here so it’s usually 10 minutes at the most.”

“We do a Wednesday special for $10 haircuts for men,” Suzanne said.

Customers can get a card, get it punched after each haircut, and when they’ve gotten five haircuts, they get the sixth one free.

The couple came to the barbering trade together. Suzanne had been a cosmetologist for more than 20 years, but she wasn’t happy. She’d always wanted to be a barber. Working in construction, Kelly was looking for something else to do. So they talked about becoming barbers, and Kelly thought seriously about the career change for a couple of days. They decided to attend Boise Barber College, sold their house and moved to Boise, Idaho, to study for a year. 

A barber can shave clients, but they also can cut and color hair, give perms, and full service hair care, but they don’t do manicures or pedicures. They are planning on offering men’s haircolor soon. 

“We have the best clients,” Suzanne said, “just nice, nice people.”

Those clients have comfortable vintage barber chairs to sit in as they get a trim.

“I love my chair,” Suzanne said, hugging it. 

Kelly reupholstered the pre-1910 chair and his own, that’s a little younger.

“We want to bring back the old barbershop, the way things used to be,” Kelly said, including hot towels on client’s necks and shaving necks with each haircut.

Cutters Barber Shop’s phone number is  406 274-2202.

 

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