The Marshall Barber Shop


The Marshall Barber Shop 


By Ron Munden 

Up until recently when I heard the words “barber shop” my thoughts raced back to Cotton’s Barber Shop.  Cotton’s was a large barber shop just off the Square in Marshall Texas.  My grandfather took me to get my first haircut in that shop.  I got my last haircut before I left for college in the same shop as well as all the haircuts through the yearsI lived in Marshall.

While at Austin College I went to a 3-chair barber shop just off campus.  This was the “in place” for all the jocks.  I went there every two weeks and paid $1.25 to keep my half-inch “do” just at the  right length.

Somewhere along the way I gave up going to barber shops and began going to the beauty salon. I forgot about the barber shop experience.

Fast forward to 2020 and COVID.  I decided to give up getting a haircut for a few months and wait to COVID to be behind us.  I waited and waited.  My hair got longer and longer.

In January 2022 I decided I could wait no longer.  I needed to get a haircut.

By a stroke of luck, I saw a post on facebook about Laura’s barber shop.  With a little research I found the official name for Laura’s shop was Marshall Barber Shop.  I found the phone number and scheduled an appointment.

At the first appointment Laura told me she was not a hair stylist, she was a barber.

She is right.  She is a barber.  When you walk into her shop you know that you are in a barber shop.  For the first time in years I saw a real barbers chair.  It had been over 50 years since I had sat in one but it was a good fit.  At that first appointment I realized this was not the hair stylist experience.  Little things like having your neck shaved with a straight razor.  It was like being back at Mr. Cotton’s place.  I like being back in a barber shop.

Of course what makes Marshall Barber Shop really special is Laura Dunham.

She is an accomplished barber but more importantly she is the nicest person that anyone could hope to meet.  She enjoys serving people. She does not limit her work to her shop.  If one of her clients can’t come to her, she will go to them.  

She is upbeat and kind.  I have never heard her say a negative word about anyone.  That is a rarity in Marshall, the US or the World these days.  After a haircut at Laura’s you feel good. 

I’m glad I found Laura and Marshall Barber Shop.  It’s a great place to get your haircut.  If this sounds interesting to you, you should pick up the phone and give Laura a call and book an appointment.

Remember it’s Marshall Barber Shop – 903-926-4014.


In late October my wife, Deloris, had Deep Brain Stimulation surgeries.  They completely shaved her head for the procedures. 

The two surgeries are behind her and her hair is growing back in.  She got her first haircut at Laura’s last week.  I like Deloris with short hair and I hope she will keep it that way.   So if she keeps it short.  Maybe Marshall Barber Shop will have two Munden customers.


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Art Smart – December 2022

Art Smart’s Articles for December 2022

Art Smart is a regular contributor to and  Each month we submit a blog article that contains a link to some of Mr. Smart’s articles contributed during that month.

Caddo Lake in the Winter

By Art Smart

Caddo Lake, located in Northeast Texas and adjacent to the Caddo Lake Wildlife Refuge, is a stunning destination in any season, but it is particularly beautiful in the winter. With its cypress trees, Spanish moss, and calm, still waters, Caddo Lake has a serene, almost otherworldly quality in the colder months.

As you take a leisurely walk or drive around the lake, you’ll notice that the trees are adorned with hoarfrost, giving them a magical, almost fairy-tale like appearance. The air is crisp and refreshing, and the silence is broken only by the occasional birdcall or the crunch of leaves underfoot.

But Caddo Lake isn’t just a place for peaceful contemplation. It’s also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. The Caddo Lake Wildlife Refuge, which spans over 7,000 acres, is home to over 300 species of birds, including egrets, herons, and woodpeckers. It’s also home to beavers, otters, and even the occasional alligator.

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The Don CeSar – A must visit

By Art Smart

The Don CeSar, also known as the “Pink Palace,” is an iconic resort located on the beautiful St. Pete Beach in Florida. This luxurious property is a perfect choice for a romantic getaway, offering stunning oceanfront views, a secluded beach, and a variety of amenities and activities to choose from.

One of the highlights of the Don CeSar is its award-winning spa, which offers a wide range of treatments and services to help you relax and rejuvenate. Whether you’re in the mood for a massage, a manicure, or a facial, the spa has something for everyone.

The Don CeSar is also home to some of the best dining in the area. The Maritana Grille, the resort’s signature restaurant, serves gourmet cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean. The hotel also has a variety of other dining options, including a poolside bar and a casual café.

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Sea Ranch Chapel

By Art Smart

The Sea Ranch Chapel is a breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful place located along Highway 1 in Sonoma County, California. Nestled between San Francisco and Mendocino, this isolated chapel is the perfect place to stop and take a moment to reflect and meditate during a long drive.

As soon as you approach the chapel, you’ll be struck by its stunning exterior architecture. The building is constructed from cedar shingles and glass, which creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The chapel is surrounded by beautiful, lush green trees, which provide a sense of privacy and seclusion.

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The Ginocchio

By Art Smart

The Ginocchio Building in Marshall, Texas was a longstanding fixture in the downtown area, with its distinctive red brick exterior and ornate architectural details. For years, it had been a source of pride for the community, with many locals reminiscing about the times they had spent there as children. However, over the years, the building had fallen into disrepair and was in desperate need of a renovation.

Enter Allan Loudermilk, a local businessman with a passion for restoring this historic building. When he first laid eyes on the Ginocchio Building, he knew he had to take on the challenge of bringing it back to its former glory.

With the support of the community, Allen set to work on the renovation, determined to do whatever it took to restore the building to its former splendor. He spent countless hours researching the building’s history and carefully planning out every detail of the renovation.

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Ferndale — The Victorian Village

By Art Smart

On December 20, 2022, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Ferndale in Humboldt County in California. This was very sad news. I have visited Ferndale many times and have fond memories of its unmatched architecture.

Ferndale, known as the “Victorian Village,” is a small town with a rich history dating back to the mid-19th century. It was founded in 1852 by New Englanders who were drawn to the area by the abundance of natural resources and the possibility of a new life on the West Coast. These settlers established dairy farms and raised livestock, which became the mainstay of Ferndale’s economy for many years.

As the town grew and prospered, a number of Victorian-era buildings were constructed, giving Ferndale its unique character and charm. Today, these beautifully preserved buildings serve as a testament to the town’s history and are a popular attraction for visitors.

One of the most iconic buildings in Ferndale is the Ferndale Museum, a Victorian-era building that was once a livery stable. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Ferndale’s history, from its early days as a dairy farming community to its present-day status as a popular tourist destination.

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