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.
Brocks 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 Im not a boss. Everytime
someone comes through the door, theyre 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.
Brocks shop is not only treasured by locals
but by out-of-town guests as well. Heres part
of a review from John of Alexandria:
Ray Brocks barbershop is a gem. Extremely
clean and relaxing. Ray makes you immediately feel
at home. Nothing makes a mans haircut look
sharper than a straight razor cut at the finish."
Enough said. Call Ray Brock for an appointment at