Menlo Park: Golden Shears barbershop to be put up for sale


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.

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

pearl is a registered user.

Mr. Arenas: Bless your heart for caring, but retire now while you're still in an upright position, and can enjoy life doing something different. ; )

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Posted by Westside trucker
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Nov 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm

I have coming to Golden Shears for 41 years. My two sons and my wife and I are probably one of the first customers...

Just last week, Lou came to the back room to say hello to me.I kidded that after all these years he still knows how to sweep the hair off the floor.

Good luck Lou. I will miss you and your smile.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Best of Luck to you Louie, and have a wonderful retirement. You always knew my name.

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Posted by Marilyn Wong
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Nov 18, 2015 at 6:20 pm

You took care of my husband, Dr. Herb Wong, for years! He always looked great thanks to you! He has
since passed on at 88. Be sure to enjoy life and stay active. Thank you for your many years of BEING THE

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Posted by MPer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm

When I was a kid I got my hair cut their by a guy that looked just like Wolfman Jack. He told some great stories, maybe not appropriate to tell a kid, but he made me laugh!

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