WICHITA — Cosmetologist Tracy Carrington and barber Steven Dreiling are carrying on a Wichita tradition by reopening Bob’s Place.
“I was OK with retiring, but if Tracy wants to use the name, she’s perfectly welcome to it,” says Bob Shanks, who was a barber for more than 50 years in three buildings within four blocks of downtown.
The new shop is opening next month in the Market Centre at the southwest corner of First and Market.
Carrington began working with Shanks in 2009 and Dreiling started in 2012.
“We just wanted to … bring it back,” Carrington says of the Bob’s Place name.
“He’s just a huge mentor to me,” she says of Shanks.
“He was just a huge, huge part of my life. This is really … mostly to show my respect and love for him as a mentor.”
Shanks came from a family of barbers and stylists.
“The whole family has been in the hair business for about 250 years total time,” he says.
Unlike the rest of his family, Shanks says, “I didn’t want to work in the suburbs. I wanted to work in the business area.”
He says for years, he cut the hair of “CEOs of major companies and the presidents of major banks and heads of law firms.”