Barber Matt Croxford styles the hair of customer Tanner Salem in his new storefront, The Chop Shop Barbershop in south Keizer. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

After a rough go-round with work in the construction industry, Matt Croxford decided it was time for a change.

“I did construction, welding, layoff, layoff, layoff. I had some buddies who went to get their license to cut hair and seemed to do pretty well, so I followed in their footsteps,” Croxford said.

He opened The Chop Shop Barbershop, at 3493 River Road N.,  on Tuesday, Aug. 16, after his chair was delivered.

“The nice thing about it is I’m now the one in control of my environment, I’ve got air conditioning in the summer, heat in the winter and ESPN on the television,” he said.

Haircuts – strictly the sort you might expect from a barbershop – start at $12. Complementary Widmer Bros. beer is on tap. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments are necessary.