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10th Street Barber Shop brings The Victoria to life

Blythe Terrell







— The Victoria’s first business opened Friday, but much of the commercial and residential space still is up for grabs.

The development, at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue, is home to Barb and Kenny Porteous’ 10th Street Barber Shop. Barb Porteous started cutting hair and shaving whiskers Friday. The couple intended to open earlier this fall but ran into hiccups.

“My barber pole shattered when we put that up, so that was a big bummer,” Barb Porteous said. “But other than that, it’s been good. It’s taken a lot longer than I thought it would.”

Developers Denise and Steve Peterson also will have an office in the building. Steve Peterson got a haircut from Porteous on Friday morning.

“We’re excited for them,” Denise Peterson said. “It’s a very nice place. I think it’s a great idea, and they’ve done their tenant finishes very nicely.”

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The Porteouses currently have the only business operating in The Victoria. An accountant and an Edward Jones representative also are finishing spaces in the three-story building, Denise Peterson said.

The Diplomat, a fine dining restaurant owned by Morten and Ellen Hoj, holds a spot near the Porteouses’ shop. The Hojs operate the Yacht Club and have delayed The Diplomat’s opening, Morten Hoj said.

The couple planned to start serving food in December, but that won’t happen, he said.

“That was because of economics. : And I was running out of time, also,” Hoj said.

More retail and office space is available in the 47,000-square-foot Victoria, Denise Peterson said. That square footage includes underground parking and seven residential units, all of which remain available.

“There’s a lot of interest, but we’re finding, I think as all the other projects in town (are), that people are in an uncertain state,” Peterson said.

Prudential Steamboat Realty is handling the commercial and residential listings. Although it’s slow going, Peterson said calls were picking up.

“It’s been just recently within the last month that we’ve had even more interest, more calls, more showings,” she said. “I think people are focused on what they want to do, but I think there’s a concern in regards to timing on a lot of things.”

Porteous said she was nervous about opening but didn’t mind not having neighbors yet.

“It would be better if there were other businesses in there, I know, but I guess I’m not too concerned because I guess I’m the only barbershop in town,” she said.

Porteous said people had been asking about the development. She’s even given haircuts to passers-by who have stopped in to take a look around.

“Every day, there’s a few people coming in and checking out the building,” Porteous said. “It’s just curiosity, people wanting to know what’s happening. So it’s good.”

If you go

What: 10th Street Barber Shop

Where: 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue

When: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

Cost: $16 for man’s haircut, $12 for child’s haircut, $30 for woman’s haircut, $20 for a shave

Call: 879-9809