December 18, 2016

Local barber raises shop standards, builds community

For Straight Razor Steve, most barber shops don’t make the cut.

That’s why Steve Clary made his own barber shop with a high standard of cleanliness.

“The thing that we pride ourselves on above anything else is our devotion to cleanliness,” Clary said. “You go to several places and the level of disinfection and sanitation was just so sub-par.”

Steve cleans and disinfects his tools between every customer.

Steve cleans and disinfects his tools between every customer.

Clary said he cleans and disinfects each of his tools carefully between every customer. He said that while it may take longer, it is “worth it for the cleanliness.”

Steve’s Barber Shop is located inside of the Fiesta Supermarket on 8th avenue. In 2013, Clary noticed the store had an open space for rent.

“We’ve been shopping here forever, and I saw that their old pharmacy room had gone up for rent,” Clary said. “I  had approached the store manager at the time and asked how he felt about having a true barbershop that focused on vintage cuts and things of that nature.”

The shop is more than just a clean place for a haircut. Clary works hard to make sure his customers are part of a community.

“My shop is definitely a community first,” Clary said. “We have many customers from many different walks of life. I’ve been very fortunate to have a nice following from the musician community here in Fort Worth.”

Clary said he encourages his musician customers to bring their instruments to his shop and play for the customers.

Some customers leave Steve with their instruments to sell or to have ready to play when they come into the shop.

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Some customers leave Steve with their instruments to sell or to have ready to play when they come into the shop.

“I always tell the guys you don’t have to get a cut or a service. Just come in and bring some great conversation. That’s what we’re most excited about,” Clary said.

The walls of Steve’s Barber Shop are filled with items he’s gathered over the years as well as things given to him from customers.

Steve said his community of customers are great at bringing in new items and thus new topics of conversations.

For more information on Steve’s Barber Shop, check out the store’s Facebook page.

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