On Tuesday, Rick Cook of “Psychic Barber” fame will start work in his new spot at the Classic Barber Shop, about a block north of his old shop at 5251 California SW. But before he closed Rick’s Barber Shop for the final time on Saturday – with a development project looming, as reported here three weeks ago – he had a full-circle client: Rick’s last cut there was for longtime friend Jeff, who was also the first person to get a haircut from him in that space, on February 14, 1994. By the time Jeff arrived Saturday, even the barber pole was packed up:
Rick is joining other old friends, Julie and Keith, at the Classic. But the Psychic Barber neon (backstory here) that filled his old shop’s window is not coming along. Rick says the signs will “go into storage for now, although I’ve had a couple of unsolicited offers from a couple of galleries that are tempting.” When we stopped in on Saturday, the PSYCHIC half was already down, below the window that’s covered with a sign about Rick’s move to 5040 California.
He’ll start work there at 9 am Tuesday.