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CHUNG'S BARBERSHOP | BEST MEN'S CUT

BY RICHARD ALBAS

On a recent Monday morning, it was busy in Chung’s Barbershop in Albemarle Square in Charlottesville. A cacophony of sounds and conversations greeted customers, who are also consistently greeted by a welcoming smile from one of the nine employees in the barbershop. On the wall, facing customers when they are in their chair for a haircut, are several Daily Progress Readers’ Choice plaques, going back years. This year is no different. Chung’s was voted, overwhelmingly, first place in the category “Men’s Cut.” Owner Stanley Chung, however, is not one to make a fuss. “But it is very, very nice to hear people voted for us,” he said. Stanley Chung moved to the United States from China in the early nineties, and after several jobs, decided to open his own barbershop in Albemarle Square. Chung’s Barbershop first opened its doors in 2007. “It was a little scary at first and I was a bit nervous about starting my own business,” Chung reflects. “But I knew the market was good to open a barbershop at this location.” Chung said it took him about five years to feel completely comfortable with owning and running a business. “I believe strongly that customer service is extremely important for a business,” he said. “It builds your reputation and that brings back your customers. Thankfully, we have many returning customers.” According to Chung, on average, around a hundred people per week visit the store for a haircut, with the weekends being the busiest time of the week. All of Chung’s employees are experienced barbers, who’ve been with him for quite a few years. “We try to stay on top of new trends and educate ourselves,” he said. “We also talk with other barbers in town in order to learn from each other. I’ve been doing this for almost 12 years, but I still learn every day.” In the end, the China native said, he wants people to know that “we are a regular barbershop with people who work hard and do the best job they can. If people want to try us out, we welcome them with open arms.”