By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

A local barber has opened up a new shop in Keizer.

After eight years of working in another shop, Dave Wells has opened Dave’s Place at 148 Chemawa Road N.

“I come from a line of production line workers and just decided I wanted to try something else,” Wells said.  “I’m passionate about it and I like making people feel good about the way they look.”

Wells and his wife, Emily, recently purchased a home in town with their family – including Brennan Dobson, a baseball player for KYSA, Jasmine Wells, a volleyball player for Claggett Creek Middle School, Hazel Dobson, a softball player of Keizer Little League, and 6-month-old Chase Wells, official team mascot for whoever happens to be on the field or court at the moment – is laying down roots.

For the time being, Dave’s Place is open seven days a week 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will probably be some adjustments after he discerns what the peak times are. Cuts are $17 and that includes children. Wells can also do straight-razor shaves.

When designing his shop, Wells paid particular attention to the way young customers would feel once in the chair.

“I wanted to have a sporty feel, but I also wanted kids to feel good about being here,” Wells said. In place of a third chair in the shop, the youngest customers can sit in a race car while getting a new “do.”