New shop in La Grange features bilingual barber

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By Taylor Riley


For years women could choose to get highlights, haircuts and the latest gossip in a plethora of La Grange beauty shops, and now male residents will be happy to know there is now a barbershop providing back-to-basics services.

George’s Barber Styling, named after its owner George Shunnarah, has been located in Crestwood since its beginnings as a barber school in 1999.

Shunnarah turned the school into a successful barbershop in 2005, providing haircuts, straight razor shaves and beard trims.

After seeing the growing success of his business in Crestwood, Shunnarah decided to branch out to another part of Oldham County in late July.

“There’s a huge need for the barber industry in La Grange,” Shunnarah said. “We wanted to bring a new business here and also provide more jobs.”

Shunnarah is looking to hire more barbers in the area to expand his business and provide jobs for others in the industry.

A feature of the new La Grange shop is a bilingual barber who is fluent in Spanish and English. Shunnarah says the barber, Noe Villar, is the only Spanish-speaking employed barber in Oldham County and he is much needed for translation purposes for customers.

“Before (the new shop), the Hispanic community would drive 45 minutes to get to a Spanish-speaking barber,” Villar said.

Villar said he has already seen a great amount of new business from the Hispanic community coming out to the new shop since its opening.

“People have already thanked us for bringing the business to La Grange,” Villar said.

George’s Barber Styling will hold a grand opening in conjunction with a new Dominos Sept. 13 at its location at 310 S First Street in La Grange.

George’s is currently open for business Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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