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Skyway’s Barbershop Row Returns, in Limited Form, Adjusting to Coronavirus Restrictions

by M. Anthony Davis


Barbershops and beauty salons are more than just local businesses in Black communities. They represent safe spaces for communal gatherings and often serve as a hub for civic discourse, playing host to important cultural dialogue and connection. I vividly remember my early hair cut days, sitting in Greg’s chair — Greg was one of my first barbers — getting a skin-tight fade way back in 1996, as he explained to me in detail how the SuperSonics could beat Jordan’s Bulls and become NBA Champions. The barbershop is the one of the first places you’ll hear complex debates over sports, politics, religion, relationships, and everything in between. It’s also one of the few public spaces in a city with demographics like Seattle’s, where members of the Black community can have these debates without being under the microscope of whiteness. 

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PHOTOS: Step inside Seattle’s Barber Shops and Beauty Salons

by Susan Fried

Shelly Intravartolo, the owner of the Parlour in Columbia City, directs a young woman to a well-worn barber’s chair and asks her what kind of haircut she would like. The conversation is relaxed and comfortable and it’s not long before the new customer is talking to Shelly like they’ve known each other for years.

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