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Small Business Snapshot: Rudy's Barbershop

Small Business Snapshot: Rudy's Barbershop Credit: Rudy's Barbershop

Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Brendon Lynch, CEO of Rudy's Barbershop, explains how this image represents his business.

Rudy's Barbershop is the modern source for effortless style. Since 1993, we've been in the business of making you look and feel good, offering quality cuts and superior products — for everybody.

The first Rudy's Barbershop opened in Seattle by friends Wade Weigel, David Petersen and the late Alex Calderwood in conjunction with the city's booming new music scene. It was the perfect place for a growing creative culture that would come to define Seattle. Rudy's was created to redefine the traditional service of barbershops and act as a creative hub for people from all walks of life. We're happy to see many other brands who have taken a similar creative approach and gained inspiration from Rudy's.

Each of our 24 (and counting) barbershops, spread across Washington, Oregon, California and New York, are cross-generational community hubs that buzz with creative energy. Walk in to a Rudy's Barbershop and you'll find a diverse blend of people in the chair. Don't be surprised to encounter the singer of a local punk band, a congressman and a five-year-old girl sitting side by side, engaging in conversation.

This photo shows one of our newest locations in Columbia City, a great neighborhood in Seattle. Each of our shops are unique and designed to highlight elements of the local community. In Columbia City, a local graffiti artist decided to tag our space while under construction. We loved the work, so kept it as part of the final design.  

The grooming landscape has changed and, with it, has come increase competition and choices. We see a lot of other shops offering a similar service and approach. In the next year, we'll look to focus on what differentiates Rudy's, both through our new shop openings and innovative product development. As we look to expand our offerings and grow the business, we've solidified our leadership team with several key additions, including an experienced director of retail, and the first director of marketing for Rudy's in our 23 years of existence.

Edited for brevity and clarity by Nicole Taylor.