Week of May 16-21
|17||Buena Park* - Classic Car Fridays - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|17||Escondido* - Cruisin' Grand - Grand Ave. Downtown - 5PM - 9PM - Info|
|17||Garden Grove* - 12891 Historic Main Street - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|17||Ladera Ranch* - Car & Bike Show - Ollie & Jax Pub & Pizza 27742 Antonio Pkwy. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|17||Redondo Beach* - Cruise at the Beach - Ruby's Diner 245 N. Harbor Dr. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|18-19||El Mirage - SCTA Land Speed Racing - El Mirage Dry Lake Bed - Info|
|18-19||Pomona - NMCA West Coast Shootout Car Show - 2780 Fairplex - 9AM - Flyer|
|18-19||Santa Barbara - Wheels and Waves Classic Car & Hot Rod Show - Info|
|18||Bell Canyon - 10th Annual Nuts About Cars - 30 Hackamore Lane - 1PM - 4PM - Flyer|
|18||Cerritos - MoparFest 3 - 18803 Studebaker Rd. - Noon - 4PM - Flyer|
|18||Chatsworth - Classic Ford Car Show - California Car Cover 9525 De Soto Ave. - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|18||Chino Hills - 4th Annual Hot Rod & Bike Show - The Shoppes Grand Ave. & Peyton Dr. - 10AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|18||Fullerton - Muckenthaler Hot Rods & Customs Show - 1201 W. Malvern Ave. - 8AM - 2PM - Info|
|18||Huntington Beach* - Donut Derelicts - Magnolia & Adams - 6AM - 9AM|
|18||Las Flores - Las Flores Classic Car Show - Oso & Antonio Pkwys - 6PM - Flyer|
|18||La Verne - Car Show - La Verne Courtyard Foothill & White - Noon - 6PM - Flyer|
|18||Oceanside - 101 Cafe Color Cruises - Yellow Vehicles - 631 S. Coast Highway. - 8AM - Noon - Flyer|
|18||Orange - Salem Cruise In - 6500 E. Santiago Canyon Rd. - 7AM - 10AM - Flyer|
|18||Pine Valley - 11th Annual Run to the Hills - Historic Highway 80 - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|18||Pomona - All AMC Car Show - 1101 W. McKinley Ave. - 10AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|18||Rancho Cucamonga - 3rd Annual Cruisin' for the Kids - Corner of Haven & Arrow - 9AM - 1PM - Flyer|
|18||Redlands - 22nd Annual Car Show & Chili Cook Off - Sylvan Park - 7AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|18||San Bernardino - San Bernardino Rendezvous - 770 Show Case Dr. - 10AM - 6PM - Flyer|
|18||Simi Valley - 8th Annual Charity Car Show - Simi Valley Town Center - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|18||Simi Valley - Rock 'n Roll Cafe Cruise Night - 2196 Tapo St. - 3PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|18||Stanton - 12th Annual Spring Car Show - 7800 Katella Ave. - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|18||Upland - Classic Car Show & Toys for Tots Drive - Historic Downtown Upland - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|19||Anaheim* - Hooter's Car & Bike Show - 2438 E. Katella Ave. - 4PM - 7PM - Flyer|
|19||Buena Park - Picker's Paradise Automotive Swap Meet - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 7AM - 1PM - Flyer|
|19||Carson - Coffee & Donuts at Back in the Day Classics - 21126 S. Avalon Blvd. - 7AM - 10AM - Flyer|
|19||Fullerton - Muckenthaler Concours d'Elegance - 1201 W. Malvern Ave. - 10AM - 4PM - Info|
|19||Hesperia - 6th Annual Open House Car & Boat Show - 10360 I Ave. - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|19||La Habra - 4th Annual Collins Cruising for a Cure - 401 N. Palm St. - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|19||Marina Del Rey* - Million Dollar Breakfast Club - Starbuck's 4700 Admiralty Way - 7AM - 10AM - Flyer|
|19||Newport Beach* - Octane at Newport Dunes Resort - 1131 Back Bay Dr. - 8AM - 10:30AM - Flyer|
|19||Oceanside - El Camino Wildcat Foundation Car Show - 400 Rancho del Oro Dr. - 10AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|19||Old Town Pasadena - Concorso Ferrari - Colorado Ave. - 10AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|19||Riverside - Mopars in May at CSDR - 3044 Horace St. - 8AM - 3:30PM - Flyer|
|19||Riverside - 5th Annual Phil Braybrooks Memorial Car Show - 3230 Motor Circle - 7AM - 1PM - Flyer|
|19||San Diego - Plastic Fantastic XXXVI All Corvette Show - Seaport Village - 7AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|19||Whittier - 5th Annual Car Show - 9800 S. Mills Ave. - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|19||Woodland Hills* - Supercar Sunday - Topanga Canyon & Erwin St. - 7AM - 10AM - Info|
|20||Foothill Ranch* - Von Fink Cruise Nite - Miguel's 26592 Towne Centre Dr. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|21||Laguna Hills* - Chick-fil-A - 24011 El Toro Rd. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
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Interview by Ryan Cash
It can be very difficult as a single mother raising a boy into a young man. It's hard to relate to the guy scene and do "normal guy things" with him, such as getting a hair cut at a barber shop. It makes me feel awkward.
More often than not I’m ignored for a while or completely forgotten when I visit a new barber (either because I’ve moved or they've moved). Most of them don’t want to deal with a kid (even though its part of their job).
Most barber shops are full of men and are a “man’s domain,” so I respect the territory it comes with e.g. foul language, crudeness, and well, obscene humor.
Even though I know I wont get the same, "Hi, how are you? Would you like a drink?" that I get at the salon in an all men environment... it would be nice to get some common courtesy. While I've had my share of "manly" barber shop behavior, ‘Ernie’s Chop Shop’ offered me a different experience.
Ernie Garcia (the owner) is someone who has the “golden touch.” Everytime I've popped in, I've noticed ALL of his clientele have left looking dapper, not to mention, the man can run a shop!
When I first met Ernie (outside of shop) I shared my troubles as a mom trying to style my sons hair into a pompadour. Ernie said, “No problem” and scheduled an appointment for the following day. I must admit, I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed.
First visit in...
I fell in love. ‘Ernie’s Chop Shop’ has that great nostalgic feel and the eclectic taste in knick knacks makes the shop laid back. Ernie was not only professional, but a cool cat with my son. I didn’t even have to give him direction on style. He took over and that made me comfortable. My son was having a good experience and so was I. I waited in a cool environment, watched some great tube and overheard (what can I say) the hilarious conversations he was having with his good looking male clientele. Ernie even took the time to have an intellectual conversation with me and that NEVER happens unless I’m getting hit on by the creepy old barber.
So with this GREAT experience and the satisfied outcome of my son’s fresh new cut, I decided to interview the good lookin’ man with the talented hands (for cutting hair that is).
SMC: How long has ‘Ernie’s Chop Shop’ been in business?
EG: I officially took over ownership on
SMC: That’s some history to tell. Got any stories?? *Grin*
SMC: *head down* Yea. So! How old were you when you first started cutting hair?
EG: I have been cutting hair since I was 15 and I’m currently 34 years old. On my parents unfinished backyard patio is where my cousin got the first haircut and an hour later with the clippers, that my mother gave me, a new talent emerged.
SMC: Ahh... family’s are always the best guinea pigs *nodding head and smiling* Im sorry continue.
EG: *silent* Now I can knockout a haircut in 10 minutes if needed. Pretty soon my friends caught wind of my cheap haircuts (I either charged $5 or food from Carl’s Jr.) and the next thing I knew I was in my garage cutting hair all hours of the night all through high school. I pretty much had a shop in my parent’s garage.
SMC: Hey, Im not mad at you. A man’s got to eat and look good at ALL times. So I think that was a reasonable trade. What interested you in becoming a barber?
EG: For over the past 45 years my mother has been cutting hair and for the past 20 years had taught cosmetology. Although she practiced mainly in women’s styling, when she would cut my father’s hair I would take notice, but then shortly after I stopped visiting my mother’s salon and started visiting the local barber. It wasn’t until I got into junior high that I got the full barber shop “experience” in a relative’s barber shop.
SMC: Oh yea, what kind of “experience”? *Grin*
EG: *Grin* ‘Eddie’s Barber Shop’ in Redondo Beach is where I got to see the nude pictures, the drinking, and I got to hear the good ol’ "barber shop talk" (women, cars, and more women) in which I carried with me into my parents garage.
SMC: You dirty man you. *pointing at Ernie with grin*
EG: …and ‘Ernie’s Chop Shop’ is really just an extension of my parent’s garage. I knew at a young age I had a passion and skill for cutting hair, but it wasn’t ‘til I finished high school that I knew I wanted to be a barber.
SMC: …and from what I witnessed that was definitely the right direction for you. *hats off*
EG: I was always better at "hands on" classes such as wood, auto shop, and photography. Other classes became boring and I only did enough to get by. I knew college wasn’t for me and so I chose school of barbering instead and much to my father’s dismay I did have to promise that if barbering didn’t pan out, I would go to college.
SMC: Nowadays a trade is much needed but I’m sure back in the day your parents had other plans.
SMC: What a great story. You have my respect.
SMC: When I visited your shop I noticed every client leaving looking dapper. Do they tell you what style they want or do you just know what to give them (e.g. do you go by what suits them)?
EG: My clients come in asking for different types of haircuts, but luckily for me I have found my clientele niche, so to speak. I cater to men wanting clean classic haircuts and I pretty much take it from there. I have been doing this trade long enough that I can explain to a client that the style they want wont work for the type of hair they have. I can only hope that they’ll listen and trust me. I understand that hair is very important to a man and so I do my best to make sure they leave happy.
SMC: That’s the “golden touch” I was talking about! *high five*
EG: *No high five* *Grin*
SMC: Are you the only barber at your establishment?
EG: I am a one man barber shop. I have been solo for a year and a half and truth be told, I like it this way. I have been in business for 8 years now and I have been thru 11 employees!
EG: YES 11! After the last guy left to open his own shop, I decided to try it alone. It’s worked out for my business and although the wait can be long at times, my loyal customers know what they can expect from me and not have to worry about the sketchy new guy. Now it’s ALL on me and I LOVE it!
SMC: What are the prices in cuts?
EG: My prices are beyond fair. Here are the goin’ rates:
Kids 12 and Under-$12
Seniors 65+ $11
Hot Towel Shave-$20
SMC: Not bad city slicker. Those are decent and that’s coming from a woman on a budget.
SMC: What type of cuts do you offer? What services (e.g. shampoo, highlights, etc...)??
EG: I specialize in traditional classic cuts, razor fades and offer the flattest flattop around! No shampoos, highlights, and/or long hair cuts. For that, hit the salon buddy!
SMC: *Grr* I like it! (Yes I just growled *head slightly down in shame*) What are your hours?
EG: My hours are NOT traditional hours BUT they do cater to everyone.
SMC: Break it down for me bro!
EG: Tuesday & Thursday ONLY –
Wednesday & Friday –
Sunday & Monday – CLOSED
SMC: Sounds legit! Any last words to the readers…
EG: I will say this, if you’re looking for a barber shop to get in 'n' out of, than my shop is NOT for you. The wait is usually an hour or more (longer on weekends). However, if you are the man (or female with a kid) who can appreciate the ambiance of an old school- - walk in, sit down, wait your DAMN turn- -barber shop than you are welcome here anytime. There are plenty of Playboy, Sports, and Hot Rod magazines to look at, as well as TV or music on ALL day.
SMC: I LOVE IT! So, if those last words didn’t convince you YOU need to get your head examined.
Ernie’s Chop Shop
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