Updated: Dec 15, 2020
The Camdentown barber has a hand steady enough to reshape an entire neighborhood.
It’s 9:30 a.m. on a Friday, and Houston White still isn’t used to the quiet. By this time on a Friday morning, the old-school barber chairs at Houston White Men’s Room—the coffee shop–meets–men’s boutique wrapped in a barbershop located on the corner of North Humboldt and 44th in the north Minneapolis neighborhood White has dubbed Camdentown—would be buzzing. Those chairs would be warmed by men discussing ideas big and small and everything in between—politics, fashion, business, sports, you name it—all while getting a cut or a shave. After being shuttered for months due to COVID-19, Houston White Men’s Room (HWMR) is open again, but it’s running at less than a third of capacity.