When the city’s Azteca Barber Shop closes, it can be a case for everyone else.
As the only barber in the city, Bryan Geddes is among those who will be left without a job.
“I’m hoping to have a job eventually,” said Geddese, who was in his early 20s when he lost his job in a construction boom that began in 2008.
Bryan, now 30, worked at the Aztecs Barber Shop for four years, starting in 2007.
After he lost the job in the construction boom, he took a job in an air conditioning company, then eventually a job at a hair salon, where he still works.
The barber is part of a small but growing group of workers at the barbershop that has struggled to find jobs.
At the time, there were two other Aztecas in the Washington area, but they were forced to close as the boom ended in 2008, when construction collapsed and the bar’s owners decided to sell the shop.
Since then, the bar has closed at least twice, leaving the city without a barber.
Many of those who have left say they’re worried that their skills will be lost.
There’s nothing like the smell of a freshly-cut beard and the feeling of a great shave, said Patrick Tompkins, 35, who said he’s been working at the shop for 12 years.
Some have even left to try other jobs, like cleaning and landscaping, he said.
But most have simply moved on, he added.
One of the barbs, a barbers chair, was a gift from a customer in 2015, and the owner of the store has told workers they will not be offered jobs.
But in the past few years, they’ve found themselves with a lot less work, said Mike Henningsen, who has worked at Aztecas for 10 years.
“When we lose the job, there’s nothing to do.
It’s kind of like, ‘Oh, we don’t have to work anymore,'” he said, adding that he would rather see his employees go to the local library and work.
In a city that’s struggled with job loss in recent years, it appears that the barbecues, barbershops and salons that once stood are no longer needed.
Azteca’s owners have been trying to find other places to work, but even that may be too late, said Alex Saldana, who lives in Arlington and runs a bar and restaurant, The Hacienda.
His business has been affected, too, he noted.
While he has no immediate plans to relocate to another part of the country, he’s worried that the city could lose its barbers.
It’s been a tough year, he told The Washington Times.
We’ve seen the construction go on for a long time, and people just can’t afford to do it, he lamented.
Even the food is becoming harder to come by.
There’s not enough jobs.””
There’s no place to eat, no place for the people who work here.
There’s not enough jobs.”