Barber's chair knows no strangers at Exclusive.

BY KELTON BROOKS

kbrooks@gctelegram.com

A barber shop is a melting pot, where past generations share untold stories, engage in spirited debates about who are the best players in their respective sports and decide which politician has the public's best interest.

No rock goes unturned, and no hair goes uncut.

The shop where Chad Yardley mans his black leather barber chair may be called Exclusive Barber Shop and Spa, but it is open to everyone.

"I cut everybody's hair here," said Yardley, who has been cutting hair for seven years. "White, Mexican, Black, seniors, babies who I have watched grow and become so mature it doesn't matter. I just want them to enjoy their time in my chair and give them a nice cut. "

Yardley, who has lived in Garden City his whole life, said barbering was "an easy trade to get into," but he made a few stops along the way before settling in at Exclusive at 218 N. Main St.

"I was at City Kuts, M J's and Our Stop Barber Shop before I got here," Yardley said. "All the moving around was hard, when you have clientele trying to keep up with your every move."

But at Exclusive, Yardley has finally found a "home."

"It's like a family here," he said.

"I have a great relationship with the other barbers, my clients and whoever is just sitting in the lobby. We talk about the news, each other's lifestlye, jobs and even situations that's going on at home. If you feel comfortable sitting in my chair, then my job is halfway done."

To keep up with the latest trends and styles, Yardley also said he attends hair shows where other barbers "educate on what goes and for networking" to expand his brand.

"I think I'm going to cut hair for the rest of my life," he said. "I don't want to do anything else."

Exclusive Barber Shop had a customer appreciation day on Saturday to celebrate its one-year anniversary by having a gathering from 4 to 7 p.m. in the shop, serving food and beverages to anyone who came.