Local Business Snapshot: Jimmy’s Barber Shop Cultivates Its Old School Vibe

Expect solid haircuts and shaves, but also neighbourly conversation.

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Photograph by Jeffrey Bosdet.

Not much has changed in Jimmy’s Barber Shop since Jimmy Pavlidis opened up shop in 1969. There’s the line of traditional barber chairs, the mirrors covered in photographs, newspaper clippings and girly pin-ups, and the retro-printed smocks. Pavlidis started his enduring Fort Street business just after immigrating to Canada in 1968 from Greece, where he also ran his own shop.

“I charged $1.25 for a cut when I opened,” Pavlidis says.

His barber shop is now known as the “Home of the $13 Haircut,” but that’s not the only reason his customers keep coming back.

“We love him!” says one of the men waiting in the row of black vinyl chairs across from the cutting stations. “Good cuts, great service and it’s like visiting an old friend. What more could you ask for?”

This article is from the April/May 2018 issue of Douglas.