You see them everywhere. From doting grandparents at sporting events to toddlers imitating their parents, it seems that everyone is taking pictures and shooting videos.
Robert Raines, who's lived in the Danville area for 16 years, shot a video over the course of a few weeks in April and May that features Danville's old-style Frontier Barber Shop, which has been serving customers since 1949.
"Lots of local folks love this place, as do I, which is what drove me to do the story," he said in an email to me. "I've been shooting photographs since I was a kid and started making videos a few years ago. The tools have changed to make it easy and affordable for anyone to become a video producer."
Mike Gladson, one of the barbers featured in Raines' video, retired in June after 44 years of cutting customers' hair. He's since moved to Minnesota, but his concise description of what a haircut should be, "Zip You're Done," is the title of the video and seems to sum up the shop's philosophy. His brother, Gino Gladson, longtime manager of the shop, passed away in 2002.
"There are lots of customers (in the video)," Raines said. "But a man's haircut takes 10-15 minutes, so they go through lots of customers. No wash and blow-dry!"
Fred Barraco, the other star barber in the video, has worked there for 31 years and counting. "I love the work, and I like talking to people," he said. His customers have included babies of 8 or 9 months old all the way up to a man who was 103.
The shop owner is Bill Aquino, who bought it in 1967 and retired in 1981.
Raines began frequenting the two-chair shop about 10 years ago. (At present, Fred works alone, except for Saturdays when he's joined by another barber.) "It doesn't matter which barber you get, they're both good," Raines told me. "It's a place where you run into people."
An old Sony television is part of the shop's décor, along with ball caps, signs, collectibles and photos on walls and shelves, all visible in the video. Its old-fashioned barber pole disappeared in 2003 and has never been recovered, Fred said. Instead, the shop is marked out front with two flat metal poles.
"The Frontier Barber Shop video was something new for me, in terms of using more professional tools" Raines said. "It was shot with a DSLR camera that has the capacity to do video: higher-quality visuals; better sound. And it was a longer story with multiple characters. Every day, I carry in my pocket a phone that's a camera and video camera. I can create and publish a short video in less than an hour, all with my phone. Every time I do it, there's magic in it."
Raines also shoots and edits videos for the Hox, Blackhawk Country Club's summer rec swim team, and is the team's announcer. His children are 14 and 12. He and his wife, Kerry, met at the Quaker Oats office in Pleasanton where they both worked. He's been with Chevron in Bishop Ranch for the last five years, where he manages corporate Internet marketing, content, strategy and social media.
Frontier Barber Shop is at 438 Hartz Ave. in downtown Danville and is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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