Barber shops have always been a place where friends gather to shoot the breeze.
Founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Lash Stevenson, Lash's Place continues as the quintessential neighborhood barber shop, albeit, one with one edge.
Lash opened his barber shop after cutting hair as a hobby for years.
He started with family and friends when he was 13, and got a lot more practice during a stint in the Navy (crewcuts a specialty!). He attended Long Beach Barber School in the late '60s, but ended up in sales for a number of years until settling into a lifestyle that afforded more time with his young family.
Taking a cue from his past, he incorporated as his mascot, Charly Foxe, a character made popular by TV talk show host Steve Allen and now immortalized in wood as carved by Chip Fyn of Pollock Pines.
a neighborhood barber shop with style!
After being a fixture for years in downtown San Mateo, Lash has moved to new environs in Hayward Park, a small, quiet neighborhood just south of San Mateo's Central Park
You'll find here the same quirky decor and personal attention that many have come to expect from Lash and his staff of talented professionals.
Customers have included Indy racer Randy Lewis, Olympic Judo competitor Brett Baron, and San Francisco 49er Ricky Ellison.
Even the president's barber, Milton Pitts, official presidential haircutter, has paid Lash a visit.
Stop by the next time you're in the neighborhood, there's bound to be something new to see, and you're always welcome to just "shoot the breeze".