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Ray Brock

Off The Beaten Path

With Jack Armistead


A good barber is hard to find these days.

But if you are in Downtown Norfolk you are in luck. Ray Brock, the best barber downtown as named several times over the years in The Downtowner, is located directly across from the Waterside Marriott Hotel at 238 E. Main Street.

Brock had been a successful painting contractor for 25 years in Norfolk but decided to start his barbering career after his wife Judy passed away in August of 2001.

His shop is the go to place for many prominent businessmen in downtown and throughout the City.

Brock’s courteous manner is punctuated by his skills as a cool and calm conversationalist. All topics are covered with finesse and his patrons are relaxed in his presence as he gives the best original haircut in town with scissors and a razor neck cut with warm shaving cream at the finish.

“I tell my customers I’m not a boss. Everytime someone comes through the door, they’re my boss,” said Brock. “My customers made me what I am,” said the modest Brock.

His business, US Hairways is a catchy name that is noticed by many.

When he moved from the Selden Arcade some years ago, local businessman Bob Stanton was able to help him find his current location which had just been vacated by U.S. Airways, the airline.

Local attorney Toy Savage suggested that Brock name his shop US Hairways. It was catchy alright. But Brock asked Savage, “What if I am sued by U.S. Airways?” Savage replied, “Then you will be the most famous barber in town.” And the rest is history.

Brock’s shop is not only treasured by locals but by out-of-town guests as well. Here’s part of a review from John of Alexandria:

“Ray Brock’s barbershop is a gem. Extremely clean and relaxing. Ray makes you immediately feel at home. Nothing makes a man’s haircut look sharper than a straight razor cut at the finish."

Enough said. Call Ray Brock for an appointment at (757) 627-7859.

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