EMERYVILLE (KPIX 5) — One Alameda County barber has found a creative way to get around the rules that forced him to close up shop during the pandemic: he took his business on the road.
Shavin Singletary has cut hair professionally for ten years. His barber shop has been closed for months. Now he’s doing a booming business in an Emeryville parking lot,READ MORE: SF State Professor Russell Jeung Honored For Spearheading Campaign Against Asian-American Hate Crimes
“My phone started ringing and it as other clients all looking for haircuts. So I was like, ‘OK, the shop is closed, but I can do mobile services for the time being.'”
Shavin says doing outdoor mobile cuts has drawn the attention of folks passing by, including one woman waving a big thumbs up.
He charges $30 plus whatever tip you want to leave. Shavin said yes, the cops have been by and talked to him.READ MORE: Early Morning 2-Alarm Blaze Damages Cluttered LaFayette Home
“One officer came by the first day I was here,” said Shavin. “And he stopped and asked, ‘How much?’ I said, ’30 bucks.’ He said, ‘I’ll be back in 30 minutes!'”
Robbie Sharma said it had been a while since he’d had a proper haircut.
“About four and a half months ago, I tried myself about two months ago but I stopped half way through,” said Sharma. “I came here because I got tired of having hair as long as my wife’s.”
To advertise where he is setting up on any given day, Shavin uses social media.MORE NEWS: Woman Dies In Late Night San Jose Shooting
So far, Shavin says he hasn’t had an unhappy customer yet.