NORTHEAST – The last six months have been a time of big change for the barbershop at 1308 2nd Ave. NE. In operation since the 1920s, the shop saw its longtime proprietor Art Boike retire in December, who had been running Boike Barber since 1974. Boike’s former apprentice Kelly Sharp purchased the business and rechristened it The Barber Sharp, only to discover that the building was for sale.
Sharp considered teaming up with the neighboring Matchbox coffee co-op to buy the building. Ultimately, she decided against it. A pair of cosmetologists purchased the building and offered her a one-year lease. Sharp declined the offer and opted to find a new location for her business.
However, The Barber Sharp isn’t moving far. On June 1, the business will reopen at 349 13th Ave NE, a mere two blocks away. While Sharp has taken over the whole space, The Barber Sharp will only take up part of the building. “I want to be really thoughtful about what goes into that space,” says Sharp. “I’d like it to be something that the neighborhood could really use.” She’s considering several different concepts for the space.
As a way of introducing the community to the new location, Sharp will open the building to the public during Art-A-Whirl, turning the space into a temporary gallery to showcase the work of local artist Chris Frank.