A change in ownership may be ahead for the Golden Shears barber shop in downtown Menlo Park.
After more than five decades cutting hair at 814 Santa Cruz Ave., owner and barber Louis Arenas said his business is for sale, effective in December, and that he will be easing himself out and looking for a buyer.
"I've been here for 53 years. I'm getting a little bit slower. I'm already hitting 80," he said. "I'm not tired of cutting hair or anything like that. I just want to do something a little bit different."
The shop's lease is up for renewal in May 2016, Mr. Arenas said. Ideally, he will find a new owner before the lease expires, he said. To smooth the transition, he said he might stay involved with the shop until that new owner is established.
The plan, he said, is to minimize loose ends and leave the barbers at least "99 percent" satisfied with the change. "I'm not that weary," he said. "I don't walk out on anything. ... I'm looking for somebody who's really interested in running a barbershop."
Mr. Arenas said he will be keeping the property owner, Wilbur Properties, apprised of the transition.
Three of the shop's barbers departed in late October to set up a new shop in West Menlo Park. Asked if that had anything to do with his decision, Mr. Arenas noted that barbers "come and go all the time. Somebody leaves, I don't panic." He said he plans to hire new barbers to rebuild the staff beyond the four barbers still working there.
Mr. Arenas lives in Santa Clara and said he plans to stay there for the time being. He has a son in Arizona who has offered him a place to retire to, he added.
In the Almanac's annual Readers' Choice awards, readers named Golden Shears the "best barbershop" at least 12 times, Mr. Arenas said.
He attributes the shop's popularity to its full-service offerings, including facials and shaves, and to the way he designed the interior. The waiting area is set apart, with comfortable seating.
"I wanted something different than waiting in front of the chairs," he said. "It took off right away."
View a 2013 story on the 50th anniversary of Golden Shears.