Five years ago, unit#F of 107 Commercial Park, got a new tenant. That tenant was the Moonstone Barber Shoppe. The Barber was Vicky Bye.
Vicky was barbering in Ft. St. John, but had been to Tumbler camping and hiking, and really liked the slower pace of Tumbler Ridge. Vicky said to me ?Tumbler had everything I was looking for, camping, lakes, and hiking trails.? ?I moved to simplify my life.?
I asked Vicky the difference between a barber and a hairdresser. She said ?it is in the finishing of the cut.? ? A barber cuts the ends of mens hair with a more sharp edge, and they taper around the ears, it is what they teach us at Barber School.? She went on to say that when she cuts women?s hair, she does not cut using that sharp edge. Vicky was schooled in Naniamo, BC to be a barber.
It is ?walk in only? at the Moonstone. Sometimes you will sit right down and get a cut, others you may have to wait for a few minutes. But the waiting is not hard, when you go in you will find a pleasing space filled with plants, rocks and jewellery; and when your turn comes for the hair cut, you get to sit in a Genuine Belmont Barber Chair that was built in the 1950. Vicky said ?I bought it from a retired barber; it is big and comfortable.?
Vicky cuts men?s, women?s and children?s hair. She sells hair products and has a new line for the guys called FIX.
The hours of operation at the Moonstone Barber Shoppe is Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday 9 am to 1pm. I mentioned to Vicky that she was probably busy on Saturday?s with people off work, she laughed and said ?it is kind of like fishing ? you never know when you get your limit?.
People with chemical allergies can come in and get Vicky to cut their hair, there is no hair processing during work hours in her shop. She doesn?t even use hair spray unless the client asks for it.
Men if you want to feel really pampered, Vicky can give you a straight razor shave complete with the hot towel treatment. Just imagine how smooth your cheeks will be after that!!
Vicky makes jewellery and chimes. She sells her jewellery in her shop along with other local made and retail jewellery. The stones in the jewellery are all semi precious stones. Her chimes are made with copper and beads and some with old jewellery. For the most part, the main stone in the centre of the chimes is Agate.
While we were talking and I was getting information about the barber shop I mentioned that some businesses, like hers for instance, do not have a lot to write about, a barber shop is just that a barber shop; she smiled and replied ?I moved to simplify my life, and I have a very simple operation?. But Vicky, that simple operation is very much needed in our town; The Chamber of Commerce is very happy you are here and hope you stay for a long long time.
Make sure to drop by and say hi to Vicky and check out that chair! #F 107 Commercial Park, on the opposite side of the building from the Bottle Depot, or at the back end of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.