2 days to go after 47 years: Barber John Burmaz says ‘thanks’

(Photo by Kevin McClintic: At right, John Burmaz with longtime client John Jardine)
The New Year will bring a big change for a West Seattle barber who’s heading out of the business after almost half a century. Today is the second-to-last day of barbering for John Burmaz, whose “significant other” Jeannette Eshom shares this announcement:

END OF AN ERA! John Burmaz of the Alki Style and Barber Shop at 5040 California Avenue SW (across from the Rite Aid drugstore) is retiring after 47 years of barbering in West Seattle. His last day of work is December 31, 2011.

John started barbering at George’s Barber Shop, across from the Admiral Theater, on August 25, 1964. One year later, George sold the barber shop and John worked for the new owners, Don Jahnke and Martin Picinich, for four years. On the 18th of March 1969, John bought a barber shop from Arthur Buffington, a retiring barber, on Alki Beach. He barbered in that location until the 12th of December 1989, when the building was sold to Pegasus Pizza. He relocated to his current location, barbering another 22 years.

John wishes to thank his customers, past and present, for all their support through the years. He will miss interacting with his customers. At 70 years of age, he plans to enjoy winters in Arizona and summers in Seattle, as well as traveling and enjoying visits with his children and grandchildren.

Customers won’t have to look far for another barber, as the Classic Barber Shop is taking over John’s shop on January 1, 2012.

Might be a hard act to follow; Kevin McClintic, who took the photo you see above while visiting John for one last haircut on Thursday, said the longtime barber told him that when things get busy, he can do five haircuts an hour!

10 Replies to "2 days to go after 47 years: Barber John Burmaz says 'thanks'"

  • J W December 30, 2011 (12:49 pm)

    Congratulations on your retirement. All of us at Images wish you the best !!!!

    Jackie, Judy, Pam, Rose, Gil, Tim and Pam

  • Carter December 30, 2011 (5:15 pm)

    For years, I’ve known John from his regular attendance at 24 Hour Fitness and he is nothing but a class act. I wish him well! He’ll sure be fit enough to have a very active retirement.

  • Stan T December 30, 2011 (10:00 pm)

    I’ve been getting my hair cut by John for the last ten or fifteen years and I will really miss having him around. As him and I discussed last weekend, while I was getting my final haircut from him, cutting hair is only half the job. Connecting with the person in the chair is the other half and John always did that. Him and I share a common interest in travelling/vacations and we’ve traded tips and tricks over the years. Best of luck to the youngest looking 70 year old I’ve ever met.

  • Kevin T December 31, 2011 (10:22 am)

    Best of luck John! I always enjoyed talking with you when you cut my hair. Keep running, and happy travels. I hope we will cross paths again; maybe on a flight on your favorite airline. :)

  • metrognome December 31, 2011 (10:44 am)

    oh man! I justed started going to John and was getting ready to visit again … hadn’t heard he was finally retiring for the other two weeks of the month. Happy retirement, John! You’ve earned it more than most people I know.

  • Pat December 31, 2011 (2:29 pm)

    Happy retirement to John. I started with John
    down on Alki and stayed with him right up until
    I ran out of hair.

  • Randy L December 31, 2011 (6:42 pm)

    Congratulations John, I’m glad I got my last haircut from you last week. It’s been a blessing to have you as my barber for the last 30 years. You will be a tough cut to follow. Happy Retirement and God Bless!!!

  • Ben January 1, 2012 (9:10 pm)

    i wish john the best in retirement – getting my hair cut by him was always enjoyable.

  • Michael P January 3, 2012 (6:06 pm)

    It’s been great John. Always great to talk to you about theatre. I will miss the talk and getting my neck shaved. No one else does that. End of an era.

  • BoB January 4, 2012 (8:33 am)

    Hope John enjoys a long, happy retirement. He was my barber for 10 years before I moved from West Seattle. He could definitely do five good haircuts in an hour!

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