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Historic One-Chair Barbershop in Buchanan Celebrates 50 Years of Service
The barbershop that time forgot, offers traditional and modern hair services for men, women and kids
BUCHANAN, March 22, 2018: When it comes to traditional barbershops, only two things have changed at the Buchanan Barbershop since it opened in 1968—the prices and the fact that women can now get haircuts there.
Originally located across the street, the shop moved to its present location when the original barbershop was torn down to create a park, says present owner, Mark Young.
“Sparky Tucker was the original owner,” said Young, “He was quite a character according to locals, who claimed nothing got in the way of his love of ponies. If there was a race happening, Sparky would abandon you mid-haircut, run down the road, place his bet, and return when the race was over.”
While Sparky was a gambler, he rarely won according to local legend. “Sparky grew up in Verplanck and one Halloween, when he was a teenager, pushed over the outhouse of Pauline, a local resident who was rumored to be a witch.
“Unfortunately she was in it when it flipped over,” said Young. “In retaliation, she placed a curse on Sparky giving him bad luck forever. This curse continues today. It’s not uncommon for something to be in a different place to where it was left, or for things to fall off the wall.”
When you enter the shop, you take a walk back through time. The barber chair is from 1910, the mirror is original, antique signs decorate the walls, and there are pictures of many clients on the wall.
Young took over the shop two years ago because he wanted to preserve a piece of history, and eliminate the time pressures that franchise owners place on their staff. “The owners of corporate shops like Great Clips and Supercuts aren’t hairdressers or barbers, they don’t realize that good haircuts takes time, and they limit how long their staff can spend on a customer’s hair.
“This makes it difficult to give good cuts on a consistent basis. Since I don’t have this pressure, I take as long as necessary. I would rather have someone leave my shop because the wait is too long, than not come back because they got a bad haircut.”
While the Buchanan Barbershop offers traditional services such as hot towel shaves, fades, high and tights, etc., it also has a growing female cliental. “Many women are tired of paying high prices for a shampoo, cut and blow dry, when all they want is a haircut,” says Young. “Here, all haircuts are $17—except for kids and seniors who get a discount.”
“I love working here,” said Young, who also volunteers for the Buchanan Engine Company. “Since I’m a member of the village fire department, I’m sometimes forced to close during business hours when the emergency siren goes off and I’m needed for a medical or fire call.”
For more information, contact Mark Young, the owner of the Buchanan Barbershop: 914-297-8425, email@example.com, 175 White Street, Buchanan