Today I had the opportunity to patronize one of the newer businesses in Peekskill, the Beale Street Barber Shop, or "B*S*B*S" at 907 South Street. Some people probably know it as the "Elvis" barber shop. Elvis, with his resplendent locks, is certainly a most visible presence in the shop, which caters to men and ladies, with special rates for children, seniors and "Law Enforcement - Military - Firefighters". One need not leave the shop looking like Elvis but the owner, Mark does his best to make his customers feel as attractive and imposing as "the King" must have felt in his prime.
Because Peekskill is reflecting, more and more, the vision of a town culturally enriched by a burgeoning population of artists, visual and performing, these creative people are most certainly among Mark's clientele. Mark is himself a musician. Also, images of Elvis are not the only artwork to grace his walls. Mark has made a commitment to exhibit art at B*S*B*S. Currently you may see an appealing company of robots, conceived and constructed by the artist Coulter Young.
I am happy with my haircut, I enjoyed meeting Mark and I may have a chance to exhibit some artwork at B*S*B*S some time in the future. If so, I hope to include my portrait of "Rusty: Wash N' Wear Haircutters", a barbershop which preceded B*S*B*S on the same block of South Street. Rusty is missed but B*S*B*S is a worthy successor.