I began barbering in my hometown of Bainbridge Island, Washington in 2007. After a few years learning the business of barbering, I opened a barbershop in a turn of the century building in a beautiful wheat farming town in eastern Washington. I renovated the space which had been shuttered for years and proudly hung my shingle. I did not know a soul. I knew exactly nothing about bookkeeping or small town politics. All I knew was barbering and I found a community that needed a barber. Business entrepreneurship requires a mixture of courage, crazy, and skill; in that order. I loved business ownership and I loved my membership in the community but I longed for home and when the opportunity arose I sold my business and moved back to the Puget Sound.
For the last 4 years I have been barbering at Jim’s Barbershop in Port Townsend. Once again, I became a part of a community in ways only a barber can; I watched kids grow up and move off to college, I watched families grow and recede. My passion for the people in my community extends beyond the success of a local business or a great haircut.
By opening this barbershop, I am not just asking for your support, I am humbly asking you to let me into your knit, to become a part of your Langley family. I cordially invite you in to Chops Barbershop, located in downtown Langley, for a great, quick haircut for the whole family at an unbeatable price. Together we can build a stronger local economy and a closer community, one haircut at a time.
Sincerely yours, Diana Settlemyer and family,