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Eating Out - August 9, 2013

Shop Talk

BARBER OPENS IN MIDTOWN ... Palo Alto's newest business this week is in Midtown. It's small and tightly tucked into a spot in between two parking lots, and PG&E is currently doing major repairs near its front door. But none of that fazes Terry Parks, a 48-year-old Palo Altan whose lifelong dream was to open his own barbershop. Urban Style opened its doors at 719 Colorado Ave. on Aug. 5. It replaces the 6-year-old soapmaking shop called Opal'Z, which closed in December. The cottage-like space has been transformed into an "old-school" barbershop. "We painted the whole place. We put in six new barber chairs. We did everything," said Parks, whose wife, Kathy, helped in the redo. Parks is not new to hair design. "I've been cutting hair since I was 15 years old," he said. For the last six years, Parks has been using his garage on East Meadow Drive for his barber business. Urban Style, at 725 square feet, is even smaller than the garage. "But I've developed a good clientele over the years, mainly through word-of-mouth. And the Internet helped, too. College students Yelped me and high school kids Googled me. That's how they found out about me. And they became my meat and potatoes," he said. A former Marine, Parks hopes to appeal to the "average person, the family man." He added: "It's cool here. That's why I chose the name 'Urban Style.' It's a relaxed atmosphere." Parks has taken great pride in decorating his shop. Adorning the walls are pictures of some of his favorite people, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Marley. Also on the wall is an antique set of barber tools, given to Parks by friends and relatives. "I hope this becomes the community barbershop, kind of the way 'Floyd the Barber' was on 'The Andy Griffith Show,'" Parks said.

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