Four old-style barbershops dot a two mile strip of busy West Seventh in St. Paul, Minn. The stand-out is 7th Street Barbers . From the store front façade, antique barber chairs and whip-smart owner, Peter Klein, 7th Street Barbers is both retro and front-and-center.
Diverse clientele drive the business. Fathers and sons compete for chair time with patrons loyal to the business well before Peter bought it in 2009.
Peter, a master barber, is also an historian. Versed in the fantastic details of medieval barber- surgeons, Peter regales customers with colorful tales of his profession. The most visible symbol, the red and white swirling barber pole, once represented red for blood-letting and white for the bandage to be applied!
Peter also collects antique tools of his trade and uses the shop as a showcase for many. The backward clock that hangs on the wall, just one example, is a perfect timepiece in mirrored reflection.
7th Street Barbers is located at 925 7th Street W., St. Paul, MN 55102/ PH: (651) 228-9433/ Hours: Tuesday- Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.