‘God forbid it should ever happen again’ Fogtown Barber

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Near shaves are ordinarily a fantastic thing in the barbering company, but not the two of an completely different form that struck Fogtown Barber within six months.

Individuals were being cars crashing into the well-known downtown St. John’s barbershop in two random, unrelated incidents, but the good thing is with no fatalities.

Co-proprietor Chis Evans is nevertheless incredulous that it could transpire twice in that short timespan, let by yourself in the life time of a enterprise. And he is grateful there was no tragedy concerned.

On Jan. 13, a auto went up above the sidewalk, hanging and cracking the exterior brick wall on the Prescott Street facet, resulting in a short term closure of the barbershop.


A downtown barber shop suffered some structural damage after a driver crashed his car into its side Thursday night, Jan. 13. The incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. as the man was apparently making turn from Water Street onto Prescott when he swerved to avoid some pedestrians. The car slammed into the brick side of Fogtown barber shop, caving in the wall about 15 centimetres. The inside of the shop was damaged with some broken mirrors, shelving and equipment crashing to the floor. The business was closed at the time. There were no injuries.

Keith Gosse/The Telegram - Keith Gosse
A downtown barber store experienced some structural damage soon after a driver crashed his automobile into its aspect Thursday evening, Jan. 13. The incident took place just immediately after 6:30 p.m. as the man was evidently earning switch from H2o Road onto Prescott when he swerved to stay away from some pedestrians. The car or truck slammed into the brick facet of Fogtown barber shop, caving in the wall about 15 centimetres. The within of the store was ruined with some broken mirrors, shelving and machines crashing to the floor. The enterprise was shut at the time. There ended up no accidents. Keith Gosse/The Telegram – Keith Gosse

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On June 26, an SUV was heading up the base of Prescott Road from Harbour Generate when it all of a sudden accelerated — thanks to the driver’s health care unexpected emergency — and sped throughout Drinking water Avenue, striking a Hyundai and crashing by means of the barbershop. Thankfully it was a Sunday and the store was closed.

Showing fortitude and resilience and with a minimal assist from competition, the shop is back again in small business at 110 H2o St. — down the avenue about a block — although insurance plan repairs are taking location at the developing Fogtown owns on the corner of Prescott and Water streets.

There is a chalkboard indicator on the wall of Fogtown’s non permanent household that claims, “Please DO NOT chat about the Incident! Thanks.”


A serious two-vehicle crash in downtown St. John’s on a busy, sunny Sunday afternoon, June 26, could have been much worse. The two middle-aged occupants of a Ford Explorer SUV and the female driver of a Hyundai Elantra all were taken to hospital for treatment of injuries, believed not to be life threatening. First responders suggested the accident's cause may have been medical in nature. The SUV was heading up over the bottom of Prescott Street from Harbour Drive when it suddenly accelerated and sped across Water Street striking the Hyundai and crashing in through the Fogtown Barbershop. Luckily as it was Sunday, the shop was closed. It was the second time this year that a car crash damaged the shop. On Jan. 13, a vehicle went up over the sidewalk striking and cracking the exterior brick wall on the Prescott Street side resulting in a temporary closure of the barbershop. - joe gibbons
A major two-motor vehicle crash in downtown St. John’s on a active, sunny Sunday afternoon, June 26, could have been a lot worse. The two middle-aged occupants of a Ford Explorer SUV and the female driver of a Hyundai Elantra all were taken to clinic for treatment of accidents, thought not to be daily life threatening. Initial responders proposed the accident’s induce may well have been healthcare in mother nature. The SUV was heading up more than the bottom of Prescott Street from Harbour Drive when it out of the blue accelerated and sped throughout Water Road striking the Hyundai and crashing in by way of the Fogtown Barbershop. Fortunately as it was Sunday, the shop was shut. It was the second time this 12 months that a car or truck crash harmed the shop. On Jan. 13, a automobile went up about the sidewalk striking and cracking the exterior brick wall on the Prescott Avenue aspect ensuing in a short term closure of the barbershop. – joe gibbons

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But Evans graciously spoke to SaltWire Community Tuesday, July 12, about the latest regrettable function and currently being again up and operating inside of times of the accident.

It’s nicely cemented in his intellect that if the most current crash had transpired on a Saturday or other opening day, there would have been mass tragedy.

The June crash was so extreme it decimated the shop’s weighty barber chairs.

A single of his staff members was in the Facet Store, a retail outlet on the Prescott aspect of the creating and felt the framework shake.


“Once I realized no a person was killed — so a lot of people today could have been killed — it is just such a perception of aid.”
— Chris Evans


“I would have believed he was joking, if he didn’t audio so shaken up. He reported, ‘Chris you gotta occur down, it is just awful,’” reported Evans, who life in the vicinity of St. Clare’s Hospital and had heard firetruck sirens while he was out on his patio with his household that day when his cell phone rang.

It took a when to get by means of site visitors.

“I ultimately turned the corner and saw this whole-dimension SUV all the way into the shop, way into the back again and just nothing at all left — the storefront absolutely smashed by way of,” Evans reported,

“It was like a nightmare. Oh my God, it is just so surreal.”

Fogtown Barber is normally located at the corner of Prescott and Water streets in St. John's but is temporarily operating down the street. BARB SWEET/THE TELEGRAM - Barb Sweet
Fogtown Barber is generally situated at the corner of Prescott and H2o streets in St. John’s but is briefly functioning down the street. BARB SWEET/THE TELEGRAM – Barb Sweet

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He instantly requested if everyone concerned was Okay.

“Once I recognized no a single was killed — so quite a few people today could have been killed — it’s just these kinds of a feeling of aid,” Evans mentioned.

“It’s frightening to imagine that nobody was even close to there. Possibly, somebody could have been hit by broken glass, critically, by that (or motor) oil sprayed just about everywhere.”

It will be three to 6 months prior to they are back in their normal area.

“We’re fortunate to have this spot just a block absent,” Evans said.

“It looks awesome. It is really wonderful — it’s a very well-lit house which was just new and clean and all set for us to go into. So all points deemed, we’re exceptionally fortunate to just obviously be alive and … as a business enterprise and men and women who just want to get the job done and spend the bills. … We’re executing what we did in essence in the exact same space and with minimum disruption.”


“That was outrageous — the arm of the chair that utilised to be in the front window finished up via the again wall.”
— Chris Evans


Fogtown started in 2011 — opened by Evans and Mackenzie Geehan — and played a massive purpose in bringing younger barbers into the sector, inspiring other outlets to established up due to the fact then.

Chairs came from the outdated Relatives Barbershop on Duckworth Road — beautiful, classic chairs numerous many years outdated — and, sadly, all those were being wrecked in the June crash. Evans did salvage the arm of his chair.

But the destruction was substantial.

“That was ridiculous — the arm of the chair that utilized to be in the front window finished up via the back wall,” he reported.

Jeremy Edgar of Top Notch Barbershop on Water Street cuts Brendan Hickey's hair. Edgar was one of the competitors who loaned a chair to Fogtown Barber. BARB SWEET/THE TELEGRAM - Barb Sweet
Jeremy Edgar of Leading Notch Barbershop on H2o Road cuts Brendan Hickey’s hair. Edgar was 1 of the competitors who loaned a chair to Fogtown Barber. BARB SWEET/THE TELEGRAM – Barb Sweet

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Help from their mates

In the wake of the catastrophe, opponents rallied guiding them and loaned them chairs — one particular arrived from Jeremy Edgar of Best Notch Barbershop on the west stop of Drinking water.

“We really do not genuinely look at it like we’re competition,” mentioned Edgar, who credits Fogtown with paving the way for shops like his.

“We’re all buddies in the business. We detest to see the fellas likely by pressure with almost everything that occurred with those two incidents down there.”

Edgar, who is happy no just one got damage, reported classic chairs are tough to supply and he was in the scenario of currently being able to lend a single and was joyful to aid longtime buddies.

Mike Crane, who experienced apprenticed at Fogtown following getting Evans’ client for several years and will work at Straight Edge Barbers on Ropewalk Lane, experienced some chairs he’d gathered that ended up in storage.

He transpired to be driving by the scene on his bike the day of the crash and needed to do what he could to help


“If you happen to be out of fee for very long you happen to be heading to lose your clientele. It’s a regulars’ enterprise. You have to acquire care of your regulars.”
— Chris Evans


“It’s a little group,” Crane said of the local barber market.

“And it’s great karma. … (Fogtown was) truly very good to me. They taught me plenty.”

Evans prolonged a big many thanks to all people who served get the store back again on its toes, which include the difficult perform of the staff — the enterprise has 9 comprehensive-time emplyees and two part-timers.

“If you’re out of fee for very long you happen to be going to get rid of your clientele. It is a regulars’ company. You have to consider treatment of your regulars,” Evans said.

“So, everybody labored seriously tough to get again up definitely immediately and right here we are now open up for enterprise at 110 H2o St.”

Chris Evans takes a break at Fogtown Barber, 110 Water St. BARB SWEET/THE TELEGRAM - Barb Sweet
Chris Evans usually takes a split at Fogtown Barber, 110 Drinking water St. BARB SWEET/THE TELEGRAM – Barb Sweet

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They have also commissioned some billboards all around town to unfold the term.

There is some unease about going again to the outdated place, which they’ll perform out, Evans explained.

Although the most up-to-date crash was medically similar, site visitors problems have been longstanding, with workers dubbing the intersection the Indy 500 as vehicles coming off Harbour Travel typically rev up to ascend the hill.

Evans explained he hopes the town will put some barricades there to defend the store, or enable Fogtown to do so.

“I’d enjoy for the city in some way to put up some bollards or some roadblocks it’s possible on the island across the street from the shop or even in entrance of our creating,” Evans stated.

“God forbid it should really at any time occur once more.”

He also worries about decks on the pedestrian mall and other downtown streets should a car or truck go out of handle.

“What steps are we getting to shield persons? Appear at people decks. Now when I look at these, generate by them, I get afraid. You can find so substantially potential below for a motor vehicle driving (out of control) downtown. You will find a large amount to be distracted by — individuals who are distracted with their cellphones much more than at any time,” Evans mentioned.

“So, I hope the metropolis is getting it seriously. It’s a extremely minimal expense to set up some great barricades.”

Fogtown Barber on Water Street, St. John's. The side shop remains open but the barbershop is being rebuilt while the staff work down the street. BARB SWEET/THE TELEGRAM - Barb Sweet
Fogtown Barber on Drinking water Road, St. John’s. The side store stays open up but the barbershop is becoming rebuilt when the employees work down the street. BARB SWEET/THE TELEGRAM – Barb Sweet

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