There is a non-descript building in east Sherman which seems to withstand the march of time—at least when it comes to haircuts.
“Bud’s Barber Shop” has been a staple around that area of Sherman since 1956. Owner, operator and sole barber Charles ‘Bud’ Newman can still be found behind the chair.
“Not that much has changed; hair styles come and go,” said Newman. “I give as many ‘burr’ cuts as I did in the 1960s.”
‘Bud’ – few if any call him Charles – has been around these parts since his days as a barber for Perrin Air Force Base in the mid 1950s.
“It was good; and I got to meet a lot of good men,” recalled Bud. “That was a good time in my life.”
After that first year, Bud took the plunge by opening his own shop with another local barber. He stayed four years near the Dairy Queen on Lamar Street. From there, Bud moved to a bigger location at College and Willow streets, just south of Austin College. He was with another local barber who he later bought out: ‘We didn’t get along,’ Bud smiled.
After a short while, Bud moved his shop to the present site in the heart of east Sherman. He’s been there almost 50 years.
The tan building sits across from an old fire station and the former Key Memorial United Methodist Church. Its neighborhood feel flows into the one room shop. There are two chairs – one for show apparently; a sink and assorted barber implements. There are three electric razors of various function hanging over an open drawer; everything in its place. Bud doesn’t do shaves any more, but his ever present scissors are ready for a cut.
Motorists still honk when going by. Bud’s antique orange VW Beetle is on hand usually; there are barber poles painted on the window and a wooden replica on the side of the building. The jokes are free; and so is advice of all kinds.
“I enjoy my work; enjoy the people,” said Bud. “It’s not about the money; it’s therapy for me.”
Bud has cut the hair of Sherman mayors as well as hundreds of little boys—those are the fun ones: that first haircut.
“Oh, I’ve done a bunch of them,” laughed Bud. “Must be hundreds; probably thousands. It feels good to be the one to do that first haircut.”
Of course, Bud has regulars, too, but nowadays, he only puts in half a day. This started about 20 years ago. He has had decent health over the years, but the abbreviated work week has helped maintain his time ‘behind the chair.’
Bud, who is 86 years old, was born and raised in Hugo, Okla. It was there he got the nickname of ‘Buddy,’ which was shortened as the years past by. When it was time to begin adult life, a local barber offered his shop and business to Bud.
“All I had to do was get my barber’s license,” recalled Bud.
But it wasn’t what he wanted at the time, so Bud took off for Dallas. After a short time there, Bud found a new home in Sherman. ‘I realized I wanted to be anywhere else, but Dallas,’ he smiled.
That’s when the idea of a barber’s license came back to him……………………..
“I didn’t think I’d be doing this all my life when I was younger, but I’m glad I did,” said Bud. “I’ve met a lot of great people and got to visit with them over the years.”
One of those ‘regulars’ was Billy Wilder, who went to Bud’s just short of 40 years.
“I think he’s an outstanding barber. I’ve always liked the way he treats me and cuts my hair,” said Wilder. “I’m well pleased with him.”
What are Bud’s plans after 60 years of cutting hair? The timeliness of the ‘haircut’ has him at the forefront of style; and Bud plans to stay there.
“As long as I can get to the shop, I’m going to work,” he smiled. “I have no plans to retire; I’ve made a good living. I’ve done thousands of haircuts; and I can do thousands more. I’ve enjoyed my stay.”