The Palace History
Opening its doors for business in 1892, The Palace Barber Shop was started by two gentlemen named Lewis and Hinnant. Proving to be a sound investment, the barber shop operates under the same name and in the same location to this day! The Palace Barber Shop has served as a central location for men in the McKinney area to gather and tell the tales of the town. Up until this 1970’s barber shops served as private establishments for males only to exchange information, news, and stories in the privacy of male company. More often than not men would take a daily trip to the barber shop to get a hot straight shave and a shoe shine while talking with the men around town.
In 1927 Bruce Luster started shining shoes in the barber shop at the age of 16. Dedicated to perfection and committed to excellence Mr. Luster became a well-known man in McKinney. Spending over 50 years shining shoes at The Palace Barber Shop, Mr. Luster knew just about everyone and everything about them. February 23, 1996, was officially declared Bruce Luster Day by Mayor John E. Gay, he has also been recognized by the Texas House of Representatives for his “dedication to the welfare of others”.
In 1978 the current owner Mr. Pearson took a risk and hired a young woman by the name of Linda Marshall. This was in an effort to expand and gain a larger clientele due to salon’s taking business away from the barber shop. After the initial introduction into the barber shop, and outlasting the grumpy old timers, things settled down and Linda became a part of the Palace family. The shop continued to be successful and in 2007 Mr. Pearson decided to sell the Palace to Linda. She became the 5th and only woman to own the Palace!
The Palace Now
Linda has worked hard to make the barber shop what it is today. She has done work to the interior along with exposing the hidden original brick wall behind the red chairs where gentlemen wait to get their hair cut.
The original wood floors didn’t cut health regulation, so Linda installed the checkered tile floor to keep the old time feel of a 1900’s barbershop as well. There has been a lot of change in this little barbershop as well as in Historic Downtown McKinney, but the quality and conversations held in this place can never be replicated. This is a place where everyone is welcome and a smile is required to leave.
The Palace Barbershop – 125 Years of Businesshttps://t.co/ZPWqPQaABX
— Austin (@UpdateCollinCo) July 5, 2017