The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 19, 2011

Wally Kennedy: V’s is latest in men’s barbershops

By Wally Kennedy
The Joplin Globe

— This town is buzzing with new barbershops. The latest is V’s Barbershop at 2917 S. Main St.

Lucia Crawford, the owner, has taken a house and converted it into an old-fashioned barbershop with upscale decor. It has six fully-restored, 1950s-era Koken barber chairs. I understand these chairs are called “The King’s Chair’’ by those in the trade.

Sitting in one reminds me of the trips I made to Berry’s Barbershop at 3217 S. Main St. to get a haircut with my father. That barbershop disappeared decades ago, but the memories are just as real as if they happened yesterday. Of course, it was easy for a 10-year-old boy to get a haircut back then. It was a crew cut.

The crew cut, favored by the armed forces during World War II, became a civilian fashion for men in the 1950s and early 1960s. You used something called butch wax to make the front part stand up and stay in one place. By the late 1960s, short hair was out and long hair was in. The crew cut is still fashionable in some camps today, but I have too many dents and dings up top to get one now.

It was the tradition, the ritual if you will, that made going to the barbershop such a guy thing. When men get together in a barber shop, they talk about things that men like to talk about. Back then, it was Cardinals baseball — some things don’t change — fishing, hunting and the latest models of Fords and Chevys. Back then, there were virtually no imports.

It’s that ritual that inspired Jim Valenzuela, of Phoenix, Ariz., to open the first V’s Barbershop in 1999. He wanted to take his son to an old-fashioned barbershop just as his father had, but he couldn’t find one. You can get the full treatment at V’s, including an old-fashioned shave with a hot towel and a shoulder massage.

V’s in Joplin is the 15th shop in the chain and the first in Missouri. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Gift cards are available.

V’s is the third barbershop to open on Main Street. The others are T’s One-Stop Barbershop at 809 S. Main St., and the Brush and Blade Grooming Parlor, 1027 S. Main St.

New restaurant

Qdoba has opened in the old Fuddrucker’s storefront at 3102 E. Seventh St. Qdoba is one of those places where you pick the ingredients that will go into your burrito — kind of a build-your-own-burrito place. You can also get tacos, quesadillas, soups and salads.

Qdoba has some signature flavors that you cannot get anywhere else. That’s one of the reasons this chain has become so successful. The restaurant has 30 or so employees who went through intensive training with a master chef to learn the skills they need for their jobs.

The restaurant has seating for 80 people, not including the outdoor seating that is available next door at Complete Nutrition. Qdoba also does catering.

For its grand opening, Qdoba will hold a party on Friday, Dec. 9, that will feature live music, food and contests. Donations will be accepted during the event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri. There will be a suggested $10 donation for dinner and drinks.

Something different

Looking for something different to give as a holiday gift?

The Midwest Clay Artists 2011 Fall Show and Sale will conclude today in the City Pointe shopping center at 501 S. Madison St., Webb City. The show, which started on Friday, features the work of 17 local clay artists.

Sale hours today are from noon to 4 p.m.

Latest news

Building plans for the Arby’s and Pizza Hut restaurants on Main Street and Range Line Road that were either damaged or destroyed by the May 22 tornado have been filed with the city.

McDonald’s also has filed plans for its restaurant at 27th and Main streets, but it’s not clear yet what they plan to do. Details to come.

If you have news about something happening on Range Line Road or Main Street, call 417-623-3480, ext. 7250; or send an email to; or send a fax to Wally Kennedy at 417-623-8598.