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The New Era of Parker, South Dakota

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Century's ago barbershops had more to offer then just a hot towel, straight razor shave and a simple haircut. They offered a place to relax, a place drink coffee and a place to share family stories.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27 veteran barber Art O'Dell opened his second shop. O'Dell is moving his roots that once were planted in Yucca Valley, Call. to Parker. Arts' Vintage Barbershop opened it doors to customers of all ages.

"I just like being around people, they are cool, everyone has a cool story to tell, "said O'Dell, who has been a barber for 34 years.

"My father was in WWI where he took an aerial bomb to the part of his skull and was mustard gassed. He is an amazing man, he could do anything, there was nothing he couldn't make, build, or look at and redo. He's my inspiration," stated O'Dell.

He explained that in Yucca Valley his shop was near the 29 Palms Marine Corp base and right next door to a Jelly Donut, donut shop. He said that many of his clients were Marines from the local base as well as families near by.

His family made the choice to move to Parker because they were tired of the 18 inches of snow, six-degree weather and mile high winds Yucca Valley provided year after year. Plus their daughter Brenda lives in South Dakota, and they just wanted to be close to her family and their grandchildren. Their son Bob also made the adventure to come with his parents and move to Parker.

"I remember when I was a kid, if the barber would talk to you, he didn't seem to mind having you there. But if the barber had a crabby attitude it made it very scary. I'm very personable. That's when I created my Donald Duck voice. I love cutting children's hair, because I could use my Donald Duck impression. When the children would get scared sitting in my chair, I would pull out my Donald voice and make funny noises to help them feel more relaxed and I still use that same tactic today," said O'Dell.

O'Dell stated, "One day Barb and her children walked into my Yucca Valley shop, wanting haircuts, 31 years later our marriage is still going strong."

He noted, "My wife use to own a dress shop in Yucca Valley until she closed it down and became the home maker of the family. I do get to cook once in awhile; I cook a variety of food that her and I enjoy. She is genealogist, if you want somebody found or looking for a relative, she knows her sources to find the individual."

Art's Antique Barbershop open hours of business will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m, located at 119 N Main Ave, Parker. His shop is filled with old antiques collectibles that his customers over the years have gave him. Everything in his shop has a story to tell with a piece of history behind it, even the old distressed burnt back bar.

"Moving here is the best thing that I ever did," stated O'Dell.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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