One on Tuesday, another on Thursday; barbers share a chair

Enumclaw barbers Chuck Anselmo and Chuck Kessner are splitting time.

A pair of longtime Enumclaw businessmen have joined forces and are busily cutting hair in a home-based shop.

Chuck Anselmo and Chuck Kessner are sharing time in Kessner’s converted shop, which houses a single, antique barber’s chair.

The two share some history.

Anselmo had a shop for years in downtown Enumclaw, first on Cole Street and later on Griffin, just a stone’s throw from Cole. When he decided to retire, Kessner bought the business and moved in. Years later, it was Kessner’s turn to retire – sort of. He kept the business going at his home on 440th Street Southeast, just west of 244th Avenue Southeast.

Wanting to keep busy, Anselmo pitched his offer. Now, he’s spending one day a week tending to customers’ needs, just as Kessner does.

Kessner sees walk-in customers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Anselmo does the same from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Appointments are not taken.

The biggest hurdle they face, both agree, is a lack of visibility. There’s a small sign out front, complete with a small barber’s pole, but not many drivers pass by. They like to give directions: south of the Yella Beak and west of Country Animal Hospital.