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Bellingham’s Leopold barbershop closes

The Leopold Barbers barbershop had its last day of business on Saturday, March 26
The Leopold Barbers barbershop had its last day of business on Saturday, March 26 dgallagher@bhamherald.com

A longtime downtown barbershop has closed its doors.

The Leopold Barbers had its last day of business Saturday, March 26. The barbershop was on the first floor of The Leopold building at 1224 Cornwall Ave.

According to a business license, Marty Baughman has operated the barbershop since 1999. Baughman didn’t want to comment on the closure of the barbershop for this article but did post a thank you note on the window.

Also posted on the window was a note saying that longtime barber Jes Alvarez is moving over to his son’s shop at 1301 Commercial St. His son, Jes Alvarez Jr., operates Jes’ Barbershop. The older Alvarez has cut hair for more than 50 years, the last 10 or so years part time.

David Johnston, co-owner of The Leopold building, said he was officially informed last week the barbershop would be closing. He said at this point they have no plans for the space. He added that they’ve had a great relationship with Baughman over the past 10 years (Johnston, Bob Hall and Kane Hall purchased the building in 2006) and wishes him the best.

It’s unclear how long a barbershop has been a part of the Leopold, but Johnston believes it has been around in different forms for more than 50 years.

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