Rosarito Ramblings - An Occasional Blog from South of the Border
I've enjoyed many firsts while traveling in Baja Norte, ranging from the La Bufadora blowhole to taking 300 orphans fishing off the Rosarito Beach Pier. Recently, I've added another Baja First to my list. I had my hair cut. Now, I've obviously had haircuts before but this was the first time I've ever had my hair cut on (in?) a bus.
Located in various locations in town, depending on what's happening, is a bus, painted blue, with a generator chained to the front bumper, providing power to the two moving barber pole signs out in front. And to the wide screen televisions. Did I mention WiFi access? How about the Facebook account?
Ozrey, the owner, told me the story of how he came to own what is possibly the only barber shop on wheels in North America. He came up with the idea several years ago and then had to find a find a bus to convert. So, he started to look around. After several months, he found one. In Chicago. In Illinois. In the United States.
travelled to Chicago, in the dead of winter, checked the bus out,
decided he liked it and then tried to get paperwork to buy it and bring
it back to Baja. I had no idea how hard it is to buy a bus in the United
States and bring it to Mexico. Ozrey knows because he did it. He's a
more patient man than I would have been.
Now that the bus was in Rosarito, he had to do a little work converting it to match his vision. It took 9 months. First, he had to gut the seats out of it. Then, he had to reinforce the floor to take the barber chair. Then the wiring for the two large screen televisions, the WiFi, and his computer. Exterior power and mounting the barber poles followed.
installed a Craftsman tool chest for the tools of his trade. Outside,
he had that bus painted a dark blue. Did some other work. Had a custom
bumper hitch made. It's a set of stairs for customers to get into to
bus from the rear. Now, that's dedication.
It's a damn good-lookin' bus. Works pretty good as a barber shop.
Along the left side of the bus, is a bench seat. It's a good place for you to sit and wait for a chair to be available. It's big enough to seat yourself and twenty of your closest friends who need a haircut. If you call ahead, he'll have your favorite beer. Or wine. Or cognac. If he served hot wings, I'd be better off here than my favorite sports bar.
His barber shop is exactly that. He does haircuts for men and boys. He'll do shaves. You can get a trim and good conversation from him seven days a week from 7 in the morning until he closes up shop at 7 pm. That's Monday through Thursday. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays he's open from 7 am until 10 PM. Did I mention that he doesn't need much sleep?
The cost for a haircut? It's $5 American. For less than the cost of the average drive-through fast-food meal, you get a hair cut. A damn good hair cut. Beats the hell out of the $32 I was paying here in the states.
Ozrey's got another idea. He's looking for a double-decker bus. For his second location. In Cabo San Lucas. With sporting events on the big screens so guys have something to watch while waiting for their turn to get a hair cut.
Did I mention he had vision?
You can reach Ozrey by calling his cell at 661-527-7549, via e-mail, at OzreyBaja@Yahoo.com, Facebook is Ozrey-Barbershop.
Tell him Will and Phil from Phil Friedman Outdoors Radio sent you.
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