Clip off the old block

By Pat Caldwell/Baker City Herald March 14, 2014 09:47 am

Daniel Hansell carries on his father’s tonsorial tradition

Pat Caldwell

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He doesn’t label it a family vocation in the traditional sense but there is no doubt that Daniel Hansell can draw upon a host of memories for inspiration as he begins his career as a barber in town.

The memories, of course, revolve around his father, Wally Hansell. The senior Hansell stood behind the barber chair in Baker City and La Grande for a long time. Now his son is following in the father’s footsteps with a new shop on Resort Street.

Hansell said he is still a bit nervous — the shop on Resort is his first foray into the business world — but he is excited and optimistic about the future.

“I have set atmosphere for growth. I love the location,” Hansell said Monday.

Hansell said his barbershop isn’t going to simply offer haircuts. Not by a long shot.

For one, Hansell invested in a massage chair to add a different feature to the haircut experience. And he said he plans to set competitive prices.

During his grand opening — which Hansell said really has no fixed end date — he will offer haircuts for $5 and $10 for a hot shave.

Once the grand opening is over, Hansell said he will charge $10 for a regular haircut; $12 for a haircut, shampoo and five minutes in the massage chair; and $15 for a haircut, shampoo, 15 minutes in the massage chair and a complimentary beverage.

Hansell opened the door to his business Monday and said he completed three haircuts. 

“So far so good,” he said with a grin.

Hansell said while there are a number of factors that go into a good haircut, it is the final product and customer satisfaction that mean the most.

“The hardest part of barbering is learning. But, if one guy is happy with his haircut that’s the day right there,” he said.

Hansell said his shop will be open — at least in the short-term — Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Hansell acknowledged that his father’s profession played a role in his decision to become a barber and that he is looking forward to providing quality service to area residents.