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Motorhome Becomes Mobile Barbershop

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February 26, 2002 by   Comments Off on Motorhome Becomes Mobile Barbershop

A Silicon Valley, Calif., barber faced with moving his shop to make room for a redevelopment project decided instead to operate his shop from a 32-foot Winnebago Class A motorhome, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
The barber, 63-year-old James Wilmore, had his rig modified to include three barber chairs and a mini red-and-white barber’s pole. It also has the name of his shop, Contour, painted on the outside.
The front of the motorhome serves as the waiting room where customers can watch TV until it is time for them to get a trim.
For nearly 40 years, Wilmore’s shop was located in a shopping center. But recently, the property was acquired by the East Palo Alto government so it could be torn down to make way for a Four Seasons Hotel, stores and offices.
So instead of closing his business or finding a new location in pricey Silicon Valley, Wilmore decided to cut hair inside his motorhome. And now, he also has the advantage of being able to drive the motorhome to where he can serve his customers, instead of waiting for them to come to him.
Wilmore has cut customer’s hair while his $200,000 Winnebago was parked at a car dealership, a golf tournament and, recently, outside the headquarters of software giant Oracle in Redwood Shores, Calif., according to the Mercury News.
An Oracle executive asked Wilmore to drive his mobile barbershop on to company property so employees could get their haircut without having to take much time off work, the newspaper reported.
Wilmore operates one of nine mobile barbershops in California, according to the Mercury News.

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