Marie Briswalder is back in business as Cottonwood's newest tonsorial entrepreneur.
When she opened AZ Hair Port at 609 E. Highway 89A in early September, Briswalder was back doing what she loves to do.
Cut hair in a one-chair shop.
"I've been cutting hair in the Verde Valley for 13 years," Briswalder said. "Razors, scissors, clippers and hair styling for men women and children, I've done it all."
The little customers are among her favorites.
"I love to cut children's hair," Briswalder said. "They sometimes have things to talk about, get off their chest, and they make me laugh sometimes too. They are cute."
Briswalder has never really wanted to do anything else.
"Haircutting seems to come easy for me. Since I was 14 years old, haircutting was all I wanted to do," she said. "My hair was long and Mother never had it professionally cut in a salon. She had hers done in a beehive bun though.
"Our friend's barber lady, Marcie, came over and gave me this beautiful feathered haircut," Briswalder reminisced. "I thought 'This is fantastic, my hair out of my eyes' So, it only made sense that something was created out of long, wiry hair and made to look very nice too. That's how I made up my mind to be a barber stylist."
AZ Hair Port isn't just a place to get one's locks coifed. There is a small array of consignment goods as well as a selection of logo athletic wear for sale making it the perfect place to get a trim and a Randy Johnson jersey just in time for the World Series. Among the consignment items are several genuine African carved necklaces and woven horsehair items as well as some simple pieces of western objet d'art. She will accept other consignment items as well.
Briswalder has coupon cards available giving the customers a free haircut after 10 spaces are punched. Haircuts are $6 for adults and $5 for children 1 to 17. AZ Hair Port is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Appointments can be made by calling 646-3330.