Howie Miura carefully searches for a word to best describe his Richland barbershop before settling on a simple yet elegant term.
“It’s classic. It’s a very classic barber shop,” he said. “We focus on classic cuts and shaves. It has a real vintage type of feel to it.”
Miura has been a barber for the last 15 years, and like most in his profession, had dreamed of opening his own shop. That dream became a reality last year when Steadfast opened its doors on Jadwin Avenue.
Miura — who worked at Ganzels Barber Shop in Richland for a decade — had loyal clientele that followed him to the new location and soon, business was booming, he said. He and another barber specialize in — wait for it — “classic” cuts like tapers, high-and-tights and beard trims.
A haircut at the shop, which plays modern and classic music, costs $14. A straight-edge shave with a hot towel is also available for $18. Clientele ranges in age from kids to seniors.
“It’s been something I have dreamed about since I started,” Miura said. “It’s exactly the vision I had with the barber chairs from the 1920s. It’s a really neat shop.”
Miura is amazed at how fast the shop has taken off in the last year.
Now, Miura is hopeful he can sustain the success and continue to live out his dream.
“It’s been amazing,” he said.