Car kulture De Luxe
written by by Anna Marco photography by Lou Ciorra & the Parlor Barber shop
Grab a shot of fire water, turn of your phone, read your favorite mag, and get your shoes shined at the Parlor Barber Shop in Westminster, California. It’s the place to go, seven days a week, where the craftsmanship and tradition of old school barbering reign supreme. Their motto besides “lots of grease?” How about, ” No pressure, no attitude and no appointment necessary?” It’s better than a sales pitch.
Most custom car kooks shop tops in their garages but owner Andy Alcala started “cutting” in the garages and backyards of friends and family while in high school. From the start, his goal was to open a barber shop and provide the clientele with excellent service. Today, in a 1940 atmosphere, and with a 5-star rating from My Fox LA Hot List and YELP.COM, the staff strives to cut, shave and groom each and every customer to his exact specifications. It’s a hot spot for the stylish: Christian Hosoi (skateboarder), Eric Cubeechee (famed DJ), and members of various bands such as Hellbound Hayride, Los Fabulocos, the Knitters, TSOL, and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies frequent this joint. In keeping with a classic environment, most of the equipment is working vintage. See hot towel cabbies, sterilized for dhears and straight razors, and Stim-U-Lax (which is a vibrating machine used to massage the head and neck after a haircut) All of the barber chairs are circa 1901-1966 and the shop also has back bars, a shoeshine chair, hair dryers, and an old style cash register. The parlor is a favorite of location scouts and is often used for vintage photo shoots. staff of seven includes Louie Cota, Pedro Zermeno, Edwin Stoltz, Scott Serata, and Kevin “Red” Steward, kool kats who guarantee a classic cut and shave at an affordable price. All barbers are California Sate Board Certified and some even rock certifications in Cosmetology and AA/BA degrees. They are a smart, sharp dressed, good-looking bunch. Andy and Louie are also members of the Orange County Knight Owls Car Club, driving a 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe and a 1960 Chevrolet Stepside respectively. They hold the annual Parlor Barber Shop Car Show in the parking lot every August. Whether you are an old customer or a new one, relax under a steamy terrycloth wrap and listen to Oldies, Jazz, Funk, Latin Jazz, Rockabilly, Punk Rock, ’80s, or Swing and grab some cool merchandise afterwards. A nice array of T-shirts, various pomades, gel, Fedora style hats, men’s toiletries, and sunglasses can be found in the display case at the front of the shop. Although the establishment caters mainly to males, you will find females here getting their legs straight razored just for the thrill of it or dragging in the kids for a quick “snip and clip.” Ladies can book their beauty appointments with Terri Harrison (formerly of Salon Lucy) an expert at retro hairdos and all the girly stuff. By the way, the word “barber” comes from the Latin word “barba” meaning beard. As for the rest….well, we just told you.
The Parlor Barber Shop
15060 Golden West St.,
Westminster, CA; 714-379-4400.
Addl. MUAH: Eric Blair & S. Tiara