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Candyce DeMarc I have been in the industry for almost 15 years and my career is built around perfecting precision fades tapers and beard grooming. I aim to make men into gentlemen. I have an eye for creating custom styles tailored to an individual and their hair type face shape and personal style. I love spending time in a classroom helping other people in this industry with learning new and old haircutting concepts and techniques. Being an educator helps me grow in my industry and keep my edge. Being in business is new for me and challenges my creativity. I love spending time with my partner Bill and our Bengal cat Merlin. I love road trips, riding motorcycles and nesting. I wish that I had more time to spend with my girlfriends but I am a bit of a loner at heart. My dream is to travel to National Parks and cold, remote destinations where I can find big nature and less people.

Candyce DeMarc

I have been in the industry for almost 15 years and my career is built around perfecting precision fades tapers and beard grooming. I aim to make men into gentlemen. I have an eye for creating custom styles tailored to an individual and their hair type face shape and personal style.

I love spending time in a classroom helping other people in this industry with learning new and old haircutting concepts and techniques. Being an educator helps me grow in my industry and keep my edge. Being in business is new for me and challenges my creativity.

I love spending time with my partner Bill and our Bengal cat Merlin. I love road trips, riding motorcycles and nesting. I wish that I had more time to spend with my girlfriends but I am a bit of a loner at heart. My dream is to travel to National Parks and cold, remote destinations where I can find big nature and less people.

Seth Javier My barbering specialties include 10 years’ worth of experience, and no-nonsense haircutting. I try to make sure each cut is an educational experience for the client. I enjoy making a lasting impression on my clients and making sure they leave with exactly with what they wanted coming in to the barbershop. When I’m not working at Pioneer Barber Co. I am spending time with my family and friends or working with Jameson Irish Whiskey as a brand influencer. I enjoy watching movies—my favorite film is Little Big Man, and my favorite music genres are 70’s proto punk and psychmetal. My industry hero is Vidal Sassoon, because of his enormous impact on founding the modern ways of haircutting. It is my goal to travel to Chile to visit my mother’s side of the family.

Seth Javier

My barbering specialties include 10 years’ worth of experience, and no-nonsense haircutting. I try to make sure each cut is an educational experience for the client. I enjoy making a lasting impression on my clients and making sure they leave with exactly with what they wanted coming in to the barbershop.

When I’m not working at Pioneer Barber Co. I am spending time with my family and friends or working with Jameson Irish Whiskey as a brand influencer. I enjoy watching movies—my favorite film is Little Big Man, and my favorite music genres are 70’s proto punk and psychmetal.

My industry hero is Vidal Sassoon, because of his enormous impact on founding the modern ways of haircutting.

It is my goal to travel to Chile to visit my mother’s side of the family.

Nina Wohllaib My barbering specialties are clean classic and creative styles. I also correct and calm difficult growth patterns in three visits. I enjoy building relationships with my fantastic clients.  Everywhere I go I see hair. If I'm staring at you in public I'm either walking through the steps of your fantastic haircut so I can share it with my clients. OR I’m obsessing over how badly I want to cut it and assessing whether or not I can say something to that effect. My long-term goal is to become product educator for a line that allows for travel and eventually an industry consultant.  When I’m not barbering I’m camping, hiking, or beach bumming. During the cold months I catch up horror, action and sci-fi movie shows, along with period dramas featuring strong female leads. My hero’s I look to for motivation and inspiration are Diana Vreeland, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. They inspire me to work hard and to be myself unapologetically. 

Nina Wohllaib

My barbering specialties are clean classic and creative styles. I also correct and calm difficult growth patterns in three visits. I enjoy building relationships with my fantastic clients.  Everywhere I go I see hair. If I'm staring at you in public I'm either walking through the steps of your fantastic haircut so I can share it with my clients. OR I’m obsessing over how badly I want to cut it and assessing whether or not I can say something to that effect. My long-term goal is to become product educator for a line that allows for travel and eventually an industry consultant. 

When I’m not barbering I’m camping, hiking, or beach bumming. During the cold months I catch up horror, action and sci-fi movie shows, along with period dramas featuring strong female leads. My hero’s I look to for motivation and inspiration are Diana Vreeland, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. They inspire me to work hard and to be myself unapologetically. 

Chris Leary From classic haircuts to modern trends, I am always looking to make my clientele look sharp and perform at their best.  I appreciate providing clean fades and classic haircuts with a modern approach. I am constantly learning and acquiring new techniques. The industry is always changing and I like to keep myself up to date with the latest trends but all the while mastering classic hairstyles. When not cutting hair, I like live music venues. I'm a sponge when it comes to most music.  Going on road trips and traveling are top priorities. My immediate goal is to travel to Japan. Edward Scissorhands is among my movie heroes.

Chris Leary

From classic haircuts to modern trends, I am always looking to make my clientele look sharp and perform at their best.  I appreciate providing clean fades and classic haircuts with a modern approach. I am constantly learning and acquiring new techniques. The industry is always changing and I like to keep myself up to date with the latest trends but all the while mastering classic hairstyles.

When not cutting hair, I like live music venues. I'm a sponge when it comes to most music.  Going on road trips and traveling are top priorities. My immediate goal is to travel to Japan.

Edward Scissorhands is among my movie heroes.

Brian J Jaeger, owner Shop boy, handyman. Serial entrepreneur, business advisor and champion for the dignity of good work. In my practice InsideWorks, I am fortunate to work with hundreds of people living with disabilities as they become self-employed. My practice includes influencing successful partnerships. My family (and dog Sadie) are my world, I love tagging along with Arista, Joanna and Andrew. I am super proud of my partner and elementary school librarian JK who everyday celebrates young introverts.

Brian J Jaeger, owner

Shop boy, handyman.

Serial entrepreneur, business advisor and champion for the dignity of good work. In my practice InsideWorks, I am fortunate to work with hundreds of people living with disabilities as they become self-employed. My practice includes influencing successful partnerships.

My family (and dog Sadie) are my world, I love tagging along with Arista, Joanna and Andrew. I am super proud of my partner and elementary school librarian JK who everyday celebrates young introverts.

RECRUITING NOW! Put your mug here.  Contact Candyce at 206.623.3056 or candyce(at)pioneerbarbercompany.com  

RECRUITING NOW! Put your mug here. 

Contact Candyce at 206.623.3056 or candyce(at)pioneerbarbercompany.com

 

Our 70 Year History

This story begins in 1931 with the improbable development of the Jackson Building along Jackson Street and 6th Avenue South in Seattle's Japantown.  Eleven years later, Executive Order 9066 removed Japanese Americans who inhabited the Jackson Building and imprisoned them in the Minidoka Camp in Idaho. Upon returning, many simply put their head down and went back to work. Including our lineage of barbers.

Pioneer Barber Company expands this legacy with a pop-up shop open two Saturdays a month at The Shop, next to Ethan Stowell's The Derby Restaurant on 6th Avenue South in the SODO district. 

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Boarded during internment

In 1942, Executive Order 9066 closes all Japanese-owned businesses in Seattle, including our barbershop space. Directly next door to the north of our shop is a touching tribute to the Higo proprietors, their journey through internment and a lasting community legacy. Photo courtesy of Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, MOHAI, Seattle. 

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Osami and his wife

Osami and his wife worked in the shop for about 35 years up until their joyful retirement in December. 2015.

They now spend time spoiling their grandson. As to our invitation to keep on barbering, "We never want to cut another hair in our lives!"

Present

Pioneer Barber Company founders Candyce and Brian inherited the rich legacy of barbering in this space. Once gutted, the new-old interior design was enhanced with new fixtures, antiques, and retro looking chairs.  With classic services like hot towel shampoo and shaves,  along with $1 Rainier beer, men and women enjoy our classic barbershop.  Client Curtis McGuire gifted us with this awesome storefront rendering.