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Nick Lewis stands in front of his barber shop at 206 W. Main in Valley Center.

Nick takes lead chair
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: February 14, 2019

Larry's Barber Shop officially became Nick's Barber Shop Feb. 5 as Nick Lewis finalized the purchase of the longtime Valley Center business from Larry Nordstedt, who retired at the end of 2018 after cutting hair here for 52 years.

Since a new sign was installed in the front window of the building at 206 W. Main last week, Lewis has been busy making the place his own, painting walls and hanging fixtures.

"I really did feel like Larry was just on vacation until I put my name on the front," he said. "Now it's real."

Lewis said the store will maintain the old barber shop charm but will be updated with a modern twist. In the end, it will reflect Valley Center.

"People will know I'm a Valley Center first kind of guy," Lewis said.

Community involvement is something Nordstedt instilled in Lewis.

The 36-year-old and his wife, Beth, have four children who are involved in school activities and sports. Lewis can't help but be visible and active in the community.

Lewis has built a steady clientele since he first began renting the second chair in Larry's about seven years ago.

He said now that he's on his own, his first item of business is to get a second barber.

"It's been super busy," Lewis said, adding that many of Nordstedt's former customers are continuing to come to the shop. "… I had a pretty good indication that most of the guys would keep coming, but you never know until it happens. It's been great."

Lewis said he obviously enjoys being busy, but he doesn't want customers to have long wait times.

The shop will maintain its usual hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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