Dear Visitor:

After 25 years of being a barber and owning Al's Barber Shop of Los Altos for more than 10 years, I thought it was time to own a website. Here it is! 

Many of our customers know at least part of the rich history of Al's Barber Shop, simply because they heard it from Al himself or read it in local newspapers. Many more customers ask me regularly about the shop's history, when they admire the pictures displayed in the shop. The main purpose of this website is to exhibit the history of this Los Altos institution. 

When I bought Al's Barber Shop from Al in 2000, it was just relocated from Main Street into a brand new place on Central Plaza. Al and I re-opened the shop on March 3, 2000 with barber chairs and other equipment from the previous place. In fact the barber chairs go back to 1923. Al ran the shop for 52 years. Al still fills in for me once in a while, but he certainly has the right to enjoy his retirement.

My father Art and my uncle Walt were barbers in the Bay Area for many decades. I am proud to own this tradition-laden barbershop.  I am also proud to honor Al Galedrige's legacy by keeping his name for the 63rd year!

Even with the website in place, you cannot make an appointment. Just come in.  If all of our 1923 barber chairs are occupied, we'll tell you how long to wait and you may run other errands in the great stores of Los Altos in the meantime. On a busy Saturday, you may enjoy Al's famous numbering system. On other days, come in, sit down, enjoy the friendly atmosphere, read local newspapers or national magazines and hear the latest news. You will enjoy the process of getting a superior haircut, which others will admire, undoubtedly! 


Greg Giedt
Proprietor

Los Altos, January 20, 2010

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