I've wanted to do a piece on Joe and the boys for awhile, so met with them one morning last week. Also, here's the text from my intro in case you can't understand my marble-mouthed words!
The local barber shop once dominated main streets across small town Canada. Now, like with all things deemed "progress," finding a good barber shop is becoming a more difficult task.
Not in the City of Brooks, though. Joe and his boys are making sure of that.
Joe Ezzedine is the owner of the Downtown Barber Shop, and has been for over two decades. Joining him are sons Ezzy and Jay, plus they now have an apprentice for a whopping four chairs on the go. A visit to the Downton Barber Shop is like a trip back through time – to a simpler age where men found out the latest news over a trim and pontified from the barber's chair.
I've been getting my ears lowered at Joe's shop for over 15 years – back when there wasn't any salt in my hair. Nothing much has changed in the shop during that time, save the expansion the shop received a few years back, effectively doubling it's size and allowing the Ezzedine's to stock hair products.
Perhaps it is this familiarity that roots the Downtown Barber Shop into the very essence of Brooks; the stability that Joe and the boys will be there with a hearty greeting when you walk through the door. The fact that no matter whose chair you sit in, they know exactly what your usual cut is.
It's like a right of passage for a man to bring his son to Joe's shop, inaugurating another member into the community; and that's what going to the Downtown Barber Shop is: community. You're not just another noggin in the chair.