A barber shop is once again operating in the Masonic Temple building at Wayne Street and Huron Avenue near Washington Boulevard. On Sept. 13, Ola Wilburn opened up Ola’s Barber Shop.
In July, Donny Ohlemacher decided to retire and closed the Park View Barber Shop, which operated for decades.
Ohlemacher made the decision following the death a month earlier of owner Elmer Grahl. “I am just here trying to keep the tradition of having a barber in this building,” Wilburn said. She has been a barber since 2009 and started by working at Phil P’s Barber Shop on Perkins Avenue.
Wilburn also owned her own shop in Clyde. She operates the new shop during the day and works at Whirlpool in the evening. Wilburn may be tired but she is ambitious. She plans to expand her hours as her client base grows. Several of the former patrons at Park View Barber Shop are now having Wilburn cut their hair. In the first two weeks of operating, she cut the hair of 53 customers.
“They tell me they were starting to panic, they needed to get their hair cut,” Wilburn said. She offers just about any type of haircut and cleans up eye brows as well as other unsightly hairs for a finished, well-groomed look.
She also offers the dying art of a straight razor shave with the steamed towels and warm lather. “That is very popular with men and a lot of places do not offer it,” Wilburn said.
Most haircuts are $12. Wilburn charges $8 for children younger than12. Senior citizens pay $10 for a haircut.
“I know several people on a fixed income who have to manage their income and make it stretch,” Wilburn said. “I have a heart. I am not trying to rob anyone; I am j ust trying to make a living.”