Article: Bucky the Barber taking a real haircut from lockdowns

Bucky the Barber taking a real haircut from lockdowns

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"Shawn Lewis, aka Bucky the Barber, has been locked down as much as he’s been permitted to open over the last year.

The latest provincial lockdown has shut his two Custom Cutz shops in Pickering and Whitby since March.



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Article: Pickering barber says industry is neglected during COVID-19

Pickering barber says industry is neglected during COVID-19

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"The provincial government continues to neglect the personal services industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, says a Pickering barbershop owner.

Custom Cutz Barbershop owner Shawn Lewis is joined by others, from tattoo artists to spa and hair salon owners, who are among those asking for more support, and questioning why their businesses have had to close while many others have been allowed to remain open.

“The past year has been super stressful, especially on the financial side,” Lewis says.


Lewis's Kingston Road shop has been in business for 13 years and he opened a second location in Whitby in the summer.

“It’s just sitting there empty with all of the bills coming in regularly,” he says.

Emily Hogeveen, a spokesperson for Ontario Minister of Finance and Pickering-Uxbridge MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy, writes in an e-mail, personal services business owners that were required to close due to lockdowns were eligible for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant.

“More than 100,000 Ontario small businesses have received a grant between $10,000 and $20,000, and as part of the minister’s budget announcement last month we are doubling the grant, issuing a second payment to all eligible recipients,” she says.


Lewis says while he has applied for relief for his Pickering location, he hasn’t seen any money materialize since he applied earlier this year, which includes CERB for himself.


Since he didn't open his Whitby location prior to March 2020, that shop is unable to receive support.

Besides, he feels the retroactive relief he applied for is not ideal."


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The difference between a 20$ vs a 40$ haircut.


Is there really a difference between a $20 haircut and a $40 haircut? First off, it is important to understand that price is solely up to the Barber’s discretion; a novice barber can choose to charge $60 for a haircut and an experienced barber can choose to charge $20, it is important to ask around and make sure that you’re getting a good value for what you are paying for. One thing that can be reduced to a dollar value, however, is the range of services being offered. Often times a $40 haircut will include a shampoo, straight-razor shave, a potential beard lineup among other things while $20 may just get you the cut alone. Your decision to pay for a hair cut ultimately boils down to the look you want to achieve; for a buzzcut or easy to achieve look a consistent $10 haircut is reasonable, whereas a fade and lineup is likely to cost more as it takes more time and skill to achieve the look you want. From the barber’s perspective, a $10 cut is only worth offering if he/she can tend to 3 or more clients each hour. On the contrary, a barber offering a $40 cut can spend as long as an hour cutting a clients hair and still be profitable. What remains the most important thing, however, is that you find a barber who satisfies your needs and stick with them as your primary stylist; a consistent barber will never disappoint you


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