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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