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Empire Barber Salon to move to Oxford Square near 21st and Woodlawn

Wednesday, February 8 2012 12:00 AM

Empire Barber Salon to move to Oxford Square near 21st and Woodlawn

Published in The Wichita Eagle

By Carrie Rengers

WICHITA — Tyron Bowen is returning to Oxford Square near 21st and Woodlawn to do hair, but this time he’ll own the barber shop and salon instead of working for someone else.

Bowen is moving his Empire Barber Salon from 13th and Pershing to where Tangles Unlimited once was near the northwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

“I know the potential of it,” he says of the space, where he’s knocking down walls to open it up.

He already has five people, including himself, on staff, and he has four more who will be joining. The shop will offer barber and salon services.

Bowen has been working professionally for a dozen years, but he’s been cutting hair since he was 9 out of necessity.

“I got tired of my mom letting our uncle cut our hair bald,” he says. “I had her get me some clippers for Christmas.”

He started by cutting hair for family members. Eventually, he went to barber school.

Bowen’s former shop at 13th and Pershing has been closed for three weeks, so he’s hoping to have his new site open as soon as possible.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

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