Plaza Barbers in Andover to move, expand

WICHITA — Another business is moving to Andover Village at 321 S. Andover Road.

Last month, Have You Heard? reported that Computers Plus would relocate there.

Now, Dave Tingley is moving his Plaza Barbers there.

He’s been in about 800 square feet at 616 N. Andover Road for seven years.

Joining Tingley will be his father, Virgil, who today closed his Virgil’s Barber Shop, which he had for 17 years.

“He reached a point in his life where he kind of wants to do it part time,” Tingley says of his father.

“It’s something we’ve talked about for a couple of years,” he says. “The timing seems right.”

They’ll both continue to offer traditional barber services.

“We still want to keep it comfortable for our older generation,” Tingley says.

He’s also adding salon services such as manicures, waxing and possibly massage.

“For long-term business purposes, that’s where I see the industry going,” Tingley says.

It’s what competitors such as Sport Clips Haircuts are doing. So far the closest one is in east Wichita, but Tingley wants to be ready.

“I would rather be on the front side of that rather than the back side of that trying to keep up.”

The shop, which will be in 1,300 square feet, will offer Redken products.

Adam Clements of Builders Inc. handled the deal.

Tingley’s projected opening at the new space is March 10.

“We’re hoping to be able to open a little sooner than that, but I don’t know if we can pull that off. We’ve got a lot to do in 90 days.”