Liz Monte recently welcomed her son Jason Phillimore to the Twin Pines Barber Shop staff.
While salons and spas have become trendy outlets for a haircut in recent years, a trip to the local barbershop proves you can still get a great cut for only a few bucks.
After 29 years in business, the Twin Pines Barber Shop, charges men and women only $11 for a haircut.
Owner Liz Monte, who has owned the shop for 13 years, said it takes her no more time to cut a woman’s hair than a man’s.
A few weeks ago, Monte welcomed a new barber to the shop, Jason Phillimore, her son.
Monte said the fashion cuts the shop offers would cost at least $40 at any hair salon.
Recently, Monte gave one woman who had a “very drab haircut” an “amazing transformation” with just a few clips.
“She was dumfounded” with the results, Monte said. “She didn’t know she could look so good. It was a very satisfying and fulfilling thing to do.”
While a cosmetologist usually receives more training in color, a barber can do the same cuts and styles as any salon and offers traditional wet shave for men, using a double edge razor, shaving soaps and brush.
While you won’t find any nail polish or trendy products at the Twin Pines Barber Shop, Monte and Phillimore offer great cuts, pure and simple.
Monte stepped into in the barber business after working as a respiratory therapist for 25 years.
“I needed a change of pace, something lighter to do,” she said.
Phillimore, who just graduated from the Queen Creek Barber School, said he is looking forward to working at the shop for many years to come and plans to eventually take it over when Monte retires.
Phillimore, a longtime Payson resident, is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, a military veteran and member of the Payson Lodge #70.
The barbershop, at 512 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 3, across from Dairy Queen, is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call (928) 474-4800.