UAP Spring 2017 Design Studio – Nauck Content2018-04-26T15:55:20+00:00

A&J SALON

Annie Parker, owner of A&J Beauty Salon
2114 South Shirlington Road, Arlington, VA
Interview conducted by Sarah Steller on March 20, 2017

Business Summary:
Annie Parker opened A&J Beauty Salon on South Shirlington Road in October 1989. She had been doing hair since she was a young girl and decided she was ready to work for herself. While styles have changed over the past 30 years, many of Ms. Parker’s clients keep coming back year after year because A&J Salon “feels like home to them.” And she is equally attached to her clients, feeling like they are part of her own family.

Interview Summary:
Annie Parker opened A&J Beauty Salon in 1989 after securing the space on South Shirlington Road and using her insurance policy to secure $900 in financing. She started with 4 part­‐time workers and herself. Ms. Parker had been doing hair since she was a young girl, which led to her attending cosmetology school. Hairstyles are much different now than they were when she opened the shop in 1989, but much of her client base has stayed the same. Some clients have been with her since she was in school. Her salon feels like home to them, and they are also friends with one another so enjoy that time to catch up. In 2000, the owner of A&J’s building passed away, and the building became owned by a local church that was not interested in renting it. Ms. Parker temporarily closed A&J and worked at another salon. However, after several inquiries, the opportunity came up for Ms. Parker to reopen her salon in its original location in 2012. She is planning on retiring soon, but she is attached to her clients (and them to her) and is unsure who will take over from her, although she hopes a niece will be able to. Ms. Parker really enjoys working for herself, and advises anyone starting his/her own business to work hard.

Photo credits (left to right): 1) Business exterior, photographed by Virginia Tech students; 2) Business entrance, by Virginia Tech students; 3) Salon interior, by Virginia Tech students; 4) Salon interior, by Virginia Tech students; 5) Deed of Lease, from the business owner, photographed by Virginia Tech; 6) Annie Parker, business owner, photographed by Virginia Tech students
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Full Interview on Arlington’s WERA 96.7(minute 10:43)


​“I was tired of punching people’s clocks, so I wanted to work for myself. I saw this place as an opportunity.”

– Annie Parker, owner, A+J Salon


​“I still have some that I’ve been doing for 30 years. I guess, they say it feels more like home to them.”

– Annie Parker, owner, A+J Salon


​“Work hard. And it’s really what you make of it. I guess I’m trying to say it’s like a marriage. It’s what you make of it. If you really want a business, you really have to work at it to keep it going and to keep it open.”

– Annie Parker, owner, A+J Salon

STAR BARBER SHOP

Ronald Marshall, current owner, Star Barber Shop
2530 South Shirlington Road, Arlington, VA
Interview conducted by Charles Egli on March 11, 2017

Business Summary:
A previous employee of Majestic Barber Shop, Galvester Crawley established Star Barber Shop around 1956. The business was purchased in about 1987 by current owner Ronald Marshall, who began working at the shop as a barber in 1965. Ronald can still be found cutting hair alongside Star Barber Shop’s next generation of barbers, whose “fresh ideas” he welcomes as complementary to the business’ traditions. Visitors to the shop are in for more than just a haircut as there are always lively conversations underway among the barbers and customers on a limitless range of topics.

Interview Summary:
Ronald Marshall is the present owner of Star Barber Shop, where he began working as a barber in 1965 under then-owner Galvester Crawley. When Galvester passed away in 1987, Ronald bought the business from the Crawley family (though he states 1984 in the interview, it is likely the purchase occurred in 1987). Though some things have changed about the business since he began working there, Ronald takes pride in his shop’s respect for tradition and the care and quality of service it continues to provide to its customers. He also values the “fresh ideas” his son Carl, a part-­‐time barber at the shop, and another young barber bring to the business, such as setting up a Facebook account to advertise and attract customers. Ronald is originally from Fairfax County and has never actually lived in Nauck/Green Valley, but in addition to operating one of its most longstanding businesses he has also hosted equestrian programs with the community’s youth, horses being a passion of his since childhood.

Brenda Barbee and Francis Crawley, children of original owner, Star Barber Shop
2530 South Shirlington Road, Arlington, VA
Interview conducted by Charles Egli on March 7, 2017

Interview Summary:
Brenda Barbee (née Crawley) and Francis (Wayne) Crawley are two children of Galvester Crawley, the original owner of Star Barber Shop. Because the business catered primarily to men, Brenda didn’t have many experiences with the shop during her childhood. In 1986 or 1987, she began helping her father with the shop’s bookkeeping as he had become ill (he passed away in 1987). Wayne worked at the shop as an apprentice barber, though he eventually decided he wasn’t interested in making a career of the profession. Brenda and Wayne described the foundations of the shop, its clientele, its status as an informal community meeting place for men, their family’s decision to sell the shop to Ronald Marshall (the current owner), and their memories of growing up in Arlington and the Nauck/Green Valley area, among other topics.

Photo credits (left to right): 1) Logo image, by the business; 2) Letter of thanks for military service, signed by President Truman 3) Barber helping a customer, by the business; 4) Logo image, by the business; 5) Haircut example, by the business; 6) Ronald Marshall in front of business, photographed by Virginia Tech students; 7) Brenda Barbee and Francis (Wayne) Crawley, by Virginia Tech students
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Full Interview on Arlington’s WERA 96.7


​”Star Barber Shop for 50 years has been taking care of the public, and it’s been taking care of me too.”

– Ronald Marshall, owner, Star Barbershop


​”Old foundation, that’s me, I’ve been here longer, I have older customers, I’m fifth generation. Fresh ideas? My son.”

– Ronald Marshall, owner, Star Barber Shop

MOORE’S BARBER SHOP

James (Jim) Moore, Jr., owner, Moore’s Barber Shop (son of founder)
4807 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA
Interview conducted by Sarah Steller on March 21, 2017

Business Summary:
Mr. James Moore, Sr., established Moore’s Barber Shop in Hall’s Hill in 1960. In 2002, the elder Mr. Moore retired and turned over the business to his son, James Moore, Jr. He had been working in the shop since he was seven years old, sweeping the floors and doing other odd tasks, and eventually joining as a full-­‐time barber in 1991. The barber shop has long been known as place for not only a great haircut, but also lively conversation and a friendly atmosphere. Its walls are papered with photos of clients and other memorabilia marking historic moments in the D.C. region and country.

Interview Summary:
Mr. Jim Moore, Sr., started the barber shop in 1960, originally with a partner and at a different location a few blocks down on Lee Highway (where the KFC is now). The younger Mr. Moore started working in the shop when he was 7 years old, sweeping the floors and doing other odds and ends for a dollar per day. This continued through his youth. In 1991 he started working there full time as a barber, which allowed Mr. Moore Sr. to step back a bit from his work until he fully retired in 2002. Mr. Moore explained that many of the small independent barber shops don’t exist anymore due to competition with low-­cost chains. Historically, the barber shop business was one of the few businesses black men could open and use to support their families. The barber shop is about personal service and relationships, and Moore’s has been able to maintain those over the years. They have generations of clients now who have been coming there for decades, and many from far away. Many young people who come are not as engaged in conversations, and Mr. Moore has had to use social media more to promote their shop in addition to word of mouth.

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Photo credits (left to right): 1) Business exterior, by Virginia Tech student Sarah Steller; 2) Business exterior window, by Sarah Steller; 3) Business interior, by Sarah Steller; 4) Human Rights Award, photographed by Sarah Steller; 5) “Intellect & Diversity” wall of clippings, photographed by Sarah Steller; 6) Jim Moore Jr., business owner, photographed by Sarah Steller
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Full Interview on Arlington’s WERA 96.7


“So the barber shop business, historically, was one of the few businesses black men could do and have their own business and raise their family and generate money, without the help of anyone, so that’s really how it came up through history.”

– Jim Moore Jr., , owner, Moore’s Barber Shop


​“We still provide great service. So, ultimately, the barber shop… I mean you can go a lot of places and get your hair cut OK or fairly well, good enough. And so really the barber shop business is about personal relationships. And so we’ve been able to maintain those relationships throughout the years.”

– Jim Moore Jr., , owner, Moore’s Barber Shop


​“Even here, we used to sit around and talk and watch sports. Back in the day, my dad didn’t have a TV. He had a newspaper and then you communicated the old fashioned way. So then we had a TV and people watched TV and communicated about sports, when I came in. Now what people are doing is looking at their phone, and if you say something interesting they might engage, but it’s harder and harder to get people to, younger people to interact that way.”

– Jim Moore Jr., , owner, Moore’s Barber Shop

CHINN’S FUNERAL SERVICE

Tyra Baker-Thompson, Manager, Chinn Funeral Service
2605 South Shirlington Road, Arlington, VA
Interview conducted by Charles Egli on March 27, 2017

​Business Summary:
Chinn Funeral Service has served the community since 1946, when it was established by James Chinn. It was purchased in 1969 by Robert Baker, whose twin, Rupert, joined him soon after as a business partner. Many Baker family members have worked at Chinn Funeral Service, including Tyra Baker­‐Thompson, Robert’s daughter and the business’ current manager. Tyra hopes the business will be around for at least 50 more years, if not 100, and that it will soon move to a new building. If you go by the business, check out the distinctive “dove‐grey” color of the hearses, a signature of Chinn Funeral Service.

​Interview Summary:
Tyra Baker is the daughter of Robert Baker, the owner of Chinn Funeral Service. Robert bought Chinn Funeral Service from James Chinn in 1969 and was joined shortly thereafter by his brother, Rupert, as a business partner. Many Baker family members have worked and continue to work at Chinn Funeral Service, including Tyra and Robert’s and Rupert’s sons. Tyra has worked at the business in some capacity for most of her life and currently serves as its manager. She is proud of the service her family has provided Nauck/Green Valley residents, noting her father’s and uncle’s abilities to console the bereaved and to find payment solutions for financially disadvantaged customers. Tyra also reflected on her family members’ involvement in the community in various associations and the awards that have been bestowed on them for their contributions and achievements. Chinn Funeral Service is approaching its 50th anniversary as a Baker family­‐run business. Tyra hopes Chinn Funeral Service will be around for at least 50 more years, if not 100, and that it will soon move to a new building in the community.

Photo credits (left to right): 1) Business exterior, by Virginia Tech students; 2) Tyra Baker stands in front of hearse, by Virginia Tech students; 3) Business location aerial view, from Bing Maps; 4) Business exterior, from Bing Maps street view; 5) Business location map view, from Google Maps; 6) Tyra Baker, business owner, photographed by Virginia Tech students
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Full Interview on Arlington’s WERA 96.7
(minute 10:41)


​Tyra says of her father and her uncle, “They would just always, both of them, give somebody the shirt on their back.”

– Tyra Baker, , owner, Chinn’s Funeral Service


“I’m very proud of my dad and my uncle. I think they both did, and my dad is still doing, a fantastic job giving of themselves completely to the neighborhood and to anybody in a mourning situation or in need of funeral services. I think they’ve instilled tradition and helping people in all of their kids.”

– Tyra Baker, , owner, Chinn’s Funeral Service


“I’m just really proud that we’ve almost been here for 50 years, we’ll be here for 50 years, hope to be here for 100 more years in a newer building…I’m glad to be a part of Chinn Funeral Service.”

– Tyra Baker, , owner, Chinn’s Funeral Service