BIZNOTE: Here’s why Rudy’s Barbershop suddenly has 2 West Seattle locations

Thanks to Nicole for the tip. She made an appointment at Bishops at 4707 42nd SW in The Junction less than a week ago – then discovered the location had suddenly become a branch of Rudy’s Barbershop, which already has a West Seattle location at 4480 Fauntleroy Way SW. So we visited the now ex-Bishops this morning to ask what happened. Staff says Seattle-headquartered Rudy’s has taken over corporate-owned Bishops shops, including this one. (We subsequently found this report from Portland, where Bishops is based.) The staff and hours remain the same as under previous ownership. No plans so far to consolidate the West Seattle locations.

12 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Here's why Rudy's Barbershop suddenly has 2 West Seattle locations"

  • Marty2 October 10, 2021 (3:34 pm)

    Thanks for the notice.  Just made an appointment using the Rudy’s Barbershop website.

  • ahneighbor October 10, 2021 (5:38 pm)

    admittedly i don’t know anything about bishops, but the folks that own rudy’s are really great. i think this is great news, but i hope this isn’t too disruptive to the staff!

  • Paul October 10, 2021 (6:09 pm)

    Wow I haven’t had more than 2 consecutive haircuts at the same barber in more than two years. Had been to bishops twice in a row so time to start over again!

  • valvashon October 10, 2021 (8:13 pm)

    My son got an astonishingly bad haircut at the other West Seattle Rudy’s location, to the point where we did not see fit to give them a second chance.  We’ve had reasonable results at this Bishops location but will have to start looking again.

    • Colby October 10, 2021 (10:13 pm)

      If memory serves me, if you do not like the haircut at Rudy’s, let them know, and they will fix it free of charge. I’ve been going to them for at least 15 years. They are worth a second shot. Just make sure you see a different stylist than last time. 

    • East Coast Cynic October 11, 2021 (6:40 am)

      Supposedly, the Bishops location will keep the same cutters in spite of the name change, so you may still want frequent that newly named location.  If you’re concerned about cut consistency, you should, if you haven’t done so already, show the cutter a smart phone pic of what look you’re looking for.  Give the cutter a template, so they’re not laying their own guess work of what you want, which turns out to be not consistent with the cut you’re looking for.

  • bill October 10, 2021 (8:30 pm)

    Rudy’s needs a long term game plan. Look at the decrepit building they are in on Fauntleroy (using public ROW for parking). Look at the development happening nearby. Even with a cracked crystal ball you can predict that future.

  • J October 11, 2021 (5:28 am)

    I hope all the staff at the Bishop’s location stays. I also hope that the prices do NOT go up! Rudy’s was always more expensive than Bishop’s.

  • Brian October 11, 2021 (6:06 am)

    I was in on Thursday.  It was a little confusing because on my calendar I had two appointments – one for Bishops and one for Rudy’s. An email would have been nice. However, the stylists will be the same. If you liked Bishops, you shouldn’t see too much of a change. 

  • miketown October 14, 2021 (1:33 pm)

    Rachelle from Bishops is starting her own thing now… https://instagram.com/straightedgestylist

  • Katie T October 14, 2021 (2:40 pm)

    All the stylists are staying and to ensure you have the same stylist make sure to pre-book your appointments. We can also look up who you saw last time to make sure you can stay with the same great stylist!

  • Joe October 15, 2021 (7:04 am)

    If you’re looking for a new barber, check out Ralph’s across the street from the Admiral Theatre. It’s a classic old time barbershop for men. And haircuts are only $25.

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