HALSTEAD — Shawn "Elvis" Willson opened Halstead Barber Shop on Nov. 23 at 257 Main St. in downtown Halstead.
Willson, who used to work with cars at his own garage, chose to switch careers and learned the art of barbering.
A native of Wichita, Willson opened De'Ville's Barber Shop and Shaving Parlor there in 2012.
"I owned my own barbershop before I was even legally able to work in it," Willson said.
As customer demand increased, Willson moved De'Ville's Barber Shop and Shaving Parlor to bigger spaces.
"I've grown it through three locations," Willson said. "It started out as a one-chair barbershop and now I have four guys. It's probably one of the busier shops in Wichita."
After moving to Halstead a few years ago, Willson decided he wanted to open an additional barber shop there as well.
"I knew I wanted my own shop and now I'm doing what they say barbers can't do and I'm going to have at least two or three," Willson said.
Halstead Barber Shop will offer services such as haircuts and straight-razor shaves.
"Flat tops, I do those — a lot of barbers don't," Willson said. "I do straight razor work and a lot of other barbers don't ... it sets me apart from the other fellas."
Willson prides himself on old-fashioned service and know-how when it comes to barbering.
"It's kind of a lost art, they way I do it," Willson said. "I'm kind of an old-timey type person. I like historical things and older times. I'm into older cars. Barbering just kind of ties into that better time of life."
Willson said his barbershop provides a place for people to come when they don't want to travel to bigger cities for styling services.
"My goal is to get everybody in the surrounding areas to know that we're here," Willson said. "...It's a little more challenging, but the word of mouth's been good. I think if I can put out a good enough service, they'll come to me."
Halstead Barber Shop's location has a long history of housing a place to get haircuts. According to Halstead historian Norma Wendling, James Thornhill opened his barbershop in the same building around 1915. It also held a beauty shop run by Hazel Hanson in 1939 and became the Friendly Beauty Shop around 1959. It became Mike's Barber Shop in 1986 and various other owners brought their scissors to the space in the years to follow.
"It's conversation and barbering, really," Willson grinned. "We solve the world's problems, one problem at a time."
Halstead Barber Shop is open from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
"I'll be here seven days a week," Willson said. "...I'll put another chair in if it gets busy."