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Washington State Barber Builds His Business on a Solid Reputation and a Great Fade



Lampton Lawrence has become a legend around Oak Harbor, Washingon within just two short years of opening his barber shop. His specialty is men’s haircuts and he is widely known for his high top fade, which became popular with black men during the 1980s. The haircut has made a comeback during the last several years as today’s fashions call for a nice, clean look.

Military spouse Santhes Anderson says that Lawrence is the only person he goes to for a haircut and Gerry Oliver, a long-time customer says “He gives the best fade in town.” He says he doesn’t even need to look in the mirror after a haircut because he’s got such trust in Lawrence’s abilities.

The proof is in the pudding as the men line up in the shop waiting for Lawrence’s services. Customers also say that haircuts are well-priced at the shop and that he is well-liked and “always goes the extra mile to help people out.”

Lawrence attended Evergreen Beauty and Barber before earning his barber license and worked at a chain salon where he made minimum wage and tips. Being married and raising a child, he knew that he had to earn more money than he was at the chain store.

Soon after, his father told him about George’s Barber Shop on Midway. The current owners wanted to retire so Lawrence approached them to take the business over. He admits it took courage and faith to take such a big step. It didn’t take long though for word to get around about Lawrence and soon he had a substantial client base. He now performs 90-100 haircuts each week, most of which are boys and men.

Lawrence feels that he is better able to cater to his clients now that he has his own shop. The shop is now called Lampton’s Barber Shop and he continues to pull in top rated reviews from clients.

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