75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 Res“Shave and a haircut, two bits.”

The time of a shave and a haircut for just 25 cents is long gone in America, but Courtney Brothers Barber & Shaving Parlor at 1424 West U.S. 40 recently opened in Blue Springs, and I was excited to find that it offers and encourages the old-fashioned straight-razor shave. Gentlemen, while our ladies enjoy a trip to the day spa or beauty salon, it is time for us guys to get a little pampering too.

Mike and Matt Courtney do an excellent job of creating that old-fashioned barbershop feel that many of us remember from childhood; that nostalgic feeling of going to the barber shop on Saturday morning with our fathers and listening to the local men chat about the week’s business and who caught the biggest fish.

For me, it brings back memories of an older gentleman who sat each Saturday in the shop, hand carving walking canes with two wooden balls captured in a wooden cage naturally embedded in the handle of the cane. I always marveled at the magic of how he carved the cage without the legs breaking and still ended up with a viable walking cane.

Next door to the new barbershop, another new business opened its doors this week. Sandy’s Café is occupying the vacant location of the former Betty’s restaurant. I am looking forward to dropping in for breakfast and trying out the cuisine.

It is great to see to empty buildings occupied and new business in our town! Please join me in supporting our local businesses, both those that are new and those that have served our community for many years.

Buying local, choosing local businesses for our goods and services helps our local economy. Buy Blue Springs, because next door means more!