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Shop Talk: Bill's Cafe construction halts, Urban Style barbershop thrives

Original post made on Aug 31, 2015

Construction on midtown Palo Alto's new Bill's Cafe suffers a setback, while Urban Style barbershop offers clients an old-school vibe.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 31, 2015, 7:36 AM

Comments (17)

Posted by Joe
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 31, 2015 at 8:11 am

The video ad for Urban Style barbershop that accompanies the Shop Talk article is... um.... interesting...

Posted by Mary J
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 31, 2015 at 8:58 am

Yes, and I'm glad I was using my headphones on my computer when I viewed it at work.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:12 am

Hadn't planned to watch the video until I read the above comments.

I would just like to ask what type of demographics this barber shop is hoping to attract?

Posted by Joe
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:24 am

I see that on their facebook page, Urban Style Barbershop had a censored version of the same song on their video.

Posted by Undocumented
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

Construction without a permit? In Palo Alto!! OH MY!!!!

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

You can't even get a new water heater when your old breaks without a permit. And an on-site INSPECTION.

Only in Palo Alto.

Posted by AllenE
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 31, 2015 at 10:59 am

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Huge disconnect between the barber shop described in the article and the one shown on the video. What's with that?

Posted by Elizabeth Schwyzer
arts & entertainment editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Aug 31, 2015 at 11:16 am

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Thanks for the feedback regarding the Urban Style video originally posted with this story. We've replaced the link to the YouTube video of the shop with a link to their website.

Posted by AllenE
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 31, 2015 at 11:20 am

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@Elizabeth. Your article really only gives the flavor of the place if one fully understand the word "hip" in the title. Hardly looks like a traditional barbershop at least based on the video. But the video did have some off color language so best it was removed.

Posted by enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 31, 2015 at 11:39 am

Oh give me a break. Palo Alto is allowing BASEMENTS to be built with MILLIONS of premium gray water being washed out to the Bay...they screwed up California Avenue and are allowing hideous McMansions to be built, sometimes replacing classic Palo Alto homes, and NOW Palo Alto is being conscientious? The ONE thing that actually may benefit ALL Palo Altans, and they halt construction. City Hall is really (not) run by geniuses.

Posted by Palo Alto native
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 31, 2015 at 12:03 pm

So glad to hear Urban Style is doing well! Not too many barber shops around in Palo Alto anymore.

Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 31, 2015 at 1:09 pm

@Palo Alto Native...Thank you.

Just curious...In regard to the video, if the music had been different, what wouldn't be "traditional" about this barber shop?
And how are the video and the article so different?
The video showed barbering tools, barbers cutting hair and details of the shop...where's the disconnect?

Everyone is very hung up on the music playing in the video...Just think about what the words are saying in that song, except for the cuss words, these guys have a shop in Palo Alto - THAT in-itself is not an easy thing to accomplish. They started from the bottom, got here, and are continuing in a positive direction!

Posted by neighbor
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 31, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Great to have a barber in MIdtown, I wondered back there one day and was pleasantly surprised to discover. But very strange video, best to change the audio if you want to attract customers, the marketing message is misguided.

Posted by Anne
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm

Not everyone regards the opening of Bill's Cafe as "much anticipated". Those of us who live on Loma Verde Ave are already reeling from the huge increase in problems with traffic, parking, noise and safety due to the volume of traffic attracted by Philz Coffee, and Bill's is going to make it worse. I'll be ready when Bill's opens to make sure their patrons get a parking ticket when they park in the Loma Verde bike lane, as Philz patrons do. The Philz patrons are also really good at making unsignaled, unsafe U turns in our driveways and blocking our driveways when they are looking for parking. Many a time I've seen cars crossing Middlefield honking at families on bicycles as the families are trying to pass cars parked in the Loma Verde bike lane they are entitled to, but the self important patrons of Philz think it is fine to park wherever they want despite all of the signs indicating no parking because of the bike lane. Check out all the comments on Yelp regarding this Philz...they are from all over the Bay Area. This is a residential area, we don't want to be a destination for Philz customers. Also Palo Alto Police and Fire vehicles think it's fine to park in the bike lane too even though they are there to get coffee and not on official business. I saw a lot of yellow French's mustard at Bill's - yuck.

Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm

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Anne - the traffic there really is terrible. Knowing how lousy it is for the residents and the traffic headache, we won't even go there. When we want Philz we just make it at home.

Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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I hope everyone (Resident and AllenE) has the comment notification on...

Have you all seen the new Facebook commercial...Using the SAME music as Urban Style? They used the clean version because it's on TV!
Hmmm, wonder what "demographics" they were trying to attract!? JS

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