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New establishment on Broadway Street owned by KC Comstock features haircuts, historical photos

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - KC Comstock is the owner of Broadway Barber Shop.

KC Comstock has owned eight barber shops over the years, and his latest venture is in Estacada.

Comstock opened Broadway Barber Shop in late October, after purchasing the space at 358 S. Broadway St. that was previously home to Wayne's Barber Shop.

Comstock became involved in the industry after serving in the U.S. Navy and working in law enforcement and with tug boats.

"Cutting hair and talking all day, what a racket," he said, noting that a friend owned a barber shop in Oregon City.

The Fairview resident graduated from Moler Barber College and went on to own a variety of shops, including Elmer's Barber Shop, the oldest estab-

lishment of its kind in Portland.

In 1992, he created a 45 minute instructional video called "Ergonomics: Behind the Chair" and received media attention from Modern Salon and Cosmopolitan magazines.

Along the inside walls of Broadway Barber Shop, Comstock has photos of United States presidents and historical images of Moler Barber College. He hopes to add historical photos from the Estacada area as well.

Comstock noted that the business has been appreciated by local community members.

"So far, it's a good fit and people like it," he said.

Comstock enjoys the variety of people he meets through his work.

"There are more people in the chair, and you have different conversations. . .You have to be a talker. I've always had a pretty good relationship with people. I don't talk outside of work because I talk all day," he said, noting that he's typically introverted.

Comstock is optimistic about Broadway Barber Shop's role in Estacada.

"A barber shop has always been a little gathering spot for people in small communities," he said. "The shop will be here for a long time."

— Emily Lindstrand


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