For North Bend's Bass Barber Shop owner, holidays came early

  Keith Heston receives a precision cut by Debbie Bass. Heston was one of Bass
Keith Heston receives a precision cut by Debbie Bass. Heston was one of Bass' first customers. He was so thrilled that she was available to do haircuts again, he brought Bass the traditional prosperity gift of bread, salt, and wine.
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That old adage about a door closing and another one opening isn’t just some tired phrase to Debbie Bass. The new door that opened was a dream come true: her own barber shop.

After 24 years of barber experience – 17 of it in the Snoqualmie Valley – Bass found herself at a cross roads at the end of the summer.

“I was faced with a decision of moving out of the valley or doing something I initially didn't think was possible – starting my own business,” she said.

When she thought the only choice truly was to leave the only home her children – ages 8 and 11 – have known, she went to tell her brother, Bob Marden, who she said let her talk and cry it out for a couple of hours. But then, she recounts, he told her, ‘Are you done crying?’ He then helped her see that staying in North Bend and busting out her dream was completely doable.

“It seemed like the minute I agreed to stick my neck out and make it happen, people came out of seemingly nowhere,” she said. “It was unbelievable. I had buckets of help.”

She said not only did friends and family help, but long-time clients who missed her wry smile and precision skills with scissors and clippers showed up to help.

“I felt like it was Christmas in October,” she said, trying hard to hold back the emotions. “People really stepped up – and people I wouldn’t expect. That was the kicker.”

“Deb’s been cutting my hair for six years,” Tim Buell, North Bend resident said. “I’d been telling her for some time that she needed to open her own shop. I’m a very loyal customer – to have someone else cut my hair felt like cheating. It’s hard not to want to help a gal like Deb.

Bass said that Buell, along with other long-time customer, Dave Moore, believed in her and didn’t let her drag her feet.

“They believed in me, which let me believe in myself,” she said.

With the help of the willing and giving, the old Bad Girls Antiques was turned into Bass Barber Shop. She gladly will give you a tour of the shop and its features, explaining which client, friend, and unexpected supporter contributed to make the dream a reality.

“I think she really learned how much people appreciated her, how many friends she truly has,” Buell said.

“There are so many and too many people to thank,” she said. “They know who they are.”

Bass barber shop opened its doors Dec. 3rd, when the paint was barely dry on the walls. Bass said that each time she opens the door, there’s such a sense of community that hits her.

“It’s so good to be doing what I love and do best,” Bass said. “Opening up this shop…well, it feels like I’m finally home.”

Bass said she welcomes the whole family into her barber shop home, too.

The shop features hair cutting services for men, women, and children at affordable prices, while specializing in flat-tops and other precision cuts for men. Discounted senior citizen cuts are also available.

The shop is opened 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. All cuts are on a walk-in basis.

Bass Barber Shop is located at 42901 SE North Bend Way. Parking is available adjacent to the shop.

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