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News - September 3, 2010

A snip in time

Roy Ruiz offers diplomacy and hair cutting on University Avenue since 1940s

by Georgia Wells

Presidential Barbershop owner Roy Ruiz, 90, has been cutting hair on University Avenue a long time. More than 60 years on the job, he's survived the hippie movement and the fussy women; he's seen tears; he's had some tough customers and the little boy with the long curls was no exception.

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Editorial Intern Georgia Wells can be reached at gwells@embarcaderopublishing.com.


Posted by tom, a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Remember getting a haircut while reading/looking at a Playboy mag. Those were the days.

Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm

What a great story! I think that I need to encourage my husband to get a haircut there!

Posted by Reluctant Siliconer, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm

A $50 briber for a 7 year old to get a haircut? Dude, you're painting yourself into a corner! How much will the bribe be when he's say, 12 or 15??

Posted by Mark Chandler, a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Roy's been cutting my hair for 33 years, and my son Will's, who's now 18, since he was 8 months old. Before he retired, Roy's brother-in-law Moe also cut my hair. Roy, and his team of much younger colleagues at the President, are the best of the old-time barbers. A great and friendly atmosphere, a special place where folks know each other. What a community is all about.

Posted by Al, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Roy (and previously Moe) has been cutting my hair for over 20 years. He's a great guy, knows how to cut hair, and is always there early with a smile. Great to see stories like this!

Posted by Mom of a happy customer, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 2, 2010 at 9:41 pm

What a wonderful story about a wonderful business in our community! My husband has been getting his hair cut there since we moved to the area 10 years ago, and now my 4-year-old does the same. The barbershop is indeed a special place and it gives you the feeling that you are in a different era from the past, an era when
local, community-based, friendly small businesses thrived.

Kudos to Roy and his family for keeping their tradition alive!

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