WAYLAND—When the last barber shop in town closed its doors, patrons lost more than just a place to get their hair cut; they lost a place to catch up with their neighbors as well.
Shannon Logsdon is hoping to bring back both to Wayland. Her new barber shop, Shannon’s Family Barber, which opens Feb. 4, will be a laid back shop for people in town.
“I just want to have a place for people to hang out in,” she said. “ And bring a family business back to Wayland.”
A long time Wayland resident, Logsdon follows in her family's footsteps of owning their own business and hopes that will help get people in the door.
“A lot of people have been talking about the shop,” she said. “They’ve been asking my mom when it’ll open which is a good thing.”
Logsdon has worked as a barber for eight years, most recently at Market Street Barbers in Corning. Prior to that, she worked at Village Clippers in Dansville for six years.
Logson began working in hair care in high school when she took cosmetology, though she always kind of knew being in a salon wasn’t for her.
“It just never felt right,” she said. “The first time I worked in a barber shop I just felt like I fit better.”
This isn’t Logsdon’s first brush with owning her own business, three years ago she had an opportunity to open her own shop but ultimately backed out. She explained it just wasn’t the right time or fit, but she’s confident about this one.
Logsdon and her husband Brian have been working around the clock to get the shop ready for it’s opening. Despite having been a barber shop before, Logsdon still needed to change a few things and decorate to make it her shop.
The hours of operation, Logsdon said, are another unique feature she’s excited for. Tuesdays through Thursday, Shannon’s Family Barber Shop will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., which Logsdon hopes will satisfy everyone’s needs.
“I’ll open up early and catch people before they go to work, get the early birds in,” she explained. “Then stay open for the later crowd.”
The shop will also be open Fridays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. No appointments are necessary.
Aside from bringing a business back to her hometown, Logsdon is most excited to be her own boss and running a laid back shop. She really hopes to build a steady clientele and make everybody feel welcome.