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Video: Pandemic business impacts, cutting white people’s hair, and other insights from Barber Rick


“In 38 years, nothing ever affected my barber business like the pandemic”

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (July 2, 2021) – Rick Pierce has been barbering for 38 years, in Lansing since 2005. His shop on Torrence Avenue has been a distribution point for the printed issues of The Lansing Journal, as well as a source of story ideas and community conversation. Since the Journal is in print less frequently now, our visits to Barber Rick’s are less frequent. This week we asked Rick if we could spend some time with him again, catching up in person.

Managing Editor Josh Bootsma filmed the conversation, which covered:

  • Pandemic impacts on Rick’s business as well as The Lansing Journal’s
  • The discovery that Barber Rick’s was Lansing’s first Black barber shop
  • The dynamics of running a small business that essentially manages 10 other small businesses
  • Printed newspapers vs. digital news
  • Straight hair, curly hair, and overcurly hair — proper barbering terminology

Local Spotlight

The Local Spotlight ad referenced at the close of the video appears at the bottom of the main column of each page of The Lansing Journal website. At $100/month, Local Spotlights are a cost-effective advertising option for small businesses. Email The Lansing Journal for more information:

About Barber Rick’s

Barber Rick’s is located at 17851 Torrence Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. Call 708-895-8800 for more information or to make an appointment.

Barber Rick's
Barber Rick’s is located at 17851 Torrence Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. Call 708-895-8800 for more information or to make an appointment. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Great story! Loved to hear from Lansing Business owners. Barber Rick is a good addition to Lansing

  2. What a fantastic feature! Thank you LJ for highlighting our local businesses and capturing what makes Barber Rick’s a truly special place. As a person of mixed ethnicity myself, I can appreciate a place like Barber Rick’s that can do all types of hair with experience and expertise!

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