Things have changed since the 1800s. Barbers back then served a customer base that included all the scruffy, stinky strangers who came to town and needed information. Those folks often turned to the red and white pole in front of the local barber shop and knew that, despite their appearance, they would be welcome. It was the local information shop as well as a place to get cleaned up, get the locks trimmed and knock the stubble from the face. Often, the barber shop was the place where one could get that hot bath and knock off the dust from the trail.
Things have changed, but not a great deal, information is still near the top of the list. Nowadays, patrons want to know a good place to eat dinner, or to fish or to hunt. Often the barber is put in the position of just helping someone through a difficult time with advice or direction.
Charla’s Family Barber shop and the family have been serving the Upper Rogue Community for more than 45 years in Prospect, Shady Cove, and Eagle Point and now once again, in Shady Cove. Two generations after Charlie Driskell opened that Prospect shop, his daughter Charla Tauriainen bought a shop in Eagle Point, then turned around and bought her Dad’s shop in Shady Cove. Charla spends the majority of her time in Eagle Point, but her daughter, Sara Tauriainen, is at the Shady Cove shop off Kee Lane in the car wash plaza. There is an endless string of stories emanating from the four walls there, courtesy of the many “old timers” that frequent the shop, now the only barber shop in Shady Cove.
Stephanie Abbot, Kayla Gorman, Sara Tauriainen, Danette Wilkes, Johnita Moore and Charla work between the two shops and keep the stories(information) flowing, a prerequisite for cutting hair. Decorations for the shop are what might be classified as “early Barber,” a collection of implements used over the years by a variety of local barbers. Even the chairs are vintage, one is said to be a 1910 chair recovered from the Marc Anthony in Ashland. An old lather machine and a picture of Eagle Point’s first barber, Ernie Dahack are part of the collection that grows as Charla’s customers find older razors and other equipment lying around and donate to her collection.
Did Charlie Drikell leave any advice for his daughter? “Careful of politics and religion” and always keep an open mind. She says “He was very wise; I wish he was here to pass along more knowledge.”
Charla believes in helping the community. She does volunteer work by helping cancer patients learn how to apply makeup, draw on eyebrows and how to use wigs, the simple things she says we take for granted. Another of her activities is collecting Toys for Tots, something she has been doing for the past 11 years. She helps fundraisers for schools and helps raise funds for firefighters and the police memorial fund. She is currently collecting food (Acess) and unwrapped toys (Toys for Tots) for one of her Christmas projects, and will reward those who contribute with $2 off any haircut through December 20.
In Eagle Point, Charla is located by the car wash just to the north of Abby’s Pizza and in Suite B off Kee Lane in Shady Cove.