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Valley barbers, stylists fit in last clients before being closed for business

Elegant Gents Barber Shop
Posted at 9:27 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 01:16:50-04

PHOENIX — Barbers and stylists tried to fit in as many clients as possible before being closed for business Saturday.

This week, Governor Doug Ducey announced the closure of beauty salons, barber shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors and others at 5 p.m. that used to fall under the essential business for "personal hygiene."

While time was running out on local businesses, many stylists and barbers were taking clients in hopes to bring in as much money as possible before shutting down.

"I had guys lined up already. Three people waiting," said George Zavulunov, Owner of Elegant Gents Barber Shop in Phoenix. "I was busy today. Maybe tomorrow morning I will wake I'll be like 'Oh damn I'm not going to work.'"

"When I heard they were closing I told my girlfriend I was going to get a haircut. She said, 'You don't need a haircut." I said, 'I want a haircut,'" said Jeff Olson, a Phoenix resident who has been getting his hair cut by Zavulunov and his family for more than 20 years.

Zavulunov said he received generous tips all day, and even had donations from regular customers. He started Elegant Gents less than a year ago after breaking away from his family's barber shop.

"Bills are still coming. No income. That's the stressful part of it," said Zavulunov.