There’s no excuse for anyone in town to have shaggy hair, because a new barber shop opened on Feb. 19. Located in the northeast corner of the old library building at 205 First Street, Winters Barber Company is already seeing a steady flow of customers.
Did Winters really need another barber shop? There are already two.
“I feel like this town’s going to keep growing,” says owner Willis Jimenez, “There’s always going to be enough to go around for everybody.”
Jimenez has been cutting men’s hair for 11 years, and most recently worked at JJ’s Barbershop in Vacaville, but got his start even earlier than that.
“I’ve been cutting hair since I was 13 years old. I watched my older brothers cut their own hair, and I picked up the clippers one day and started cutting my own hair. I just liked it. It’s my passion. It doesn’t feel like I’m working sometimes because it’s fun and I love my job.”
With amazing precision, he demonstrates his skill with the clippers on his son and shop mascot, Marcus, shaving a perfect horizontal line across the back of his head, without any markers — all completely guided by his own eye and steady hand. When asked if it was more like art than a skill, Jimenez nodded his head in agreement and noted that one of his employees, Rigoberto Fierros, actually is an artist, when he’s not cutting hair.
Like Jimenez, Fierros (who was busy consulting with client Justin Nitzkowski about the exact sort of style he wanted), said that a barber’s lifestyle suited him. He’s been cutting hair for three years and says the job is “rewarding, especially when the client loves their haircut.”
“It changes their day,” he says.
Fierros’ brother, Miguel, also works at Winters Barber Company, and like Jimenez, took an interest in that line of work after learning to cut his own hair.
“As soon as I picked up the clippers, it felt right,” says Miguel Fierros, who has been a barber for one year. “I moved on to my friends and family, and after high school, I decided to do this for a living.”
Both brothers formerly worked at Primo’s barbershop prior to joining Jimenez in his new venture.
All three barbers are available by appointment, and walk-ins are welcome. In addition to cutting hair, hot shaves, facials, black masks, and trimming and shaping for beards, moustaches and eyebrows are available at Winters Barber Company. Jimenez says that barber shops differ from hair salons mainly in that their customers are mostly men, but he says women are welcome to come in too for trims (but not complicated hairstyles or up-dos.) Another difference between barbers and hair salons is that the hair is not typically washed before cutting in a barbershop.
Winters Barber Company is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5;30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins are available. Walk in cuts are $22, and cuts by appointment are $25. Seniors and those in the military, fire or police service get a discount at $18 for a cut. A hot towel shave is $25 and a beard/moustache trim is $10. Jimenez notes that they are “flat top specialists.”
To make an appointment, call 925-273-4174. Find out more about Winters Barber Company on Instagram: Winters_BarberCo