New West barbershop soars to new heights

The Hub Barbershop in New Westminster has made its way to the Himalayas.

Paul Sanders, owner of the barbershop that’s located in Westminster Centre, is proudly displaying a photograph of longtime Hub customer Ivan Tuura at the Mount Everest base camp. In the photo, the longtime New West resident is wearing a Salmonbellies hat and holding a scarf on which he’s written The Hub.

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“He wanted to do this thing for us,” Sanders told the Record.

Tuura recently returned from Nepal, where he hiked to the Mount Everest base camp with a company operated by fellow New West resident Eoin White.

“They have prayer flags. People write little messages and go up into the Himalayas and send them off,” Tuura said. “Also, the people give you these scarves – they are like a greeting scarf.”

Tuura was going to write The Hub on a piece of paper and take a photo with Mount Everest in the background “just for the fun of it,”  when White suggested he use the scarf. 

“I have been going there for 40 years to get my hair cut. Eoin said, ‘How about writing it on one of these scarves, it will look a little more classy.’ He went to the Hub for years too,” Tuura said. “We wrote it on there. Paul got a real kick that we thought about him way up there.”

For more on their adventure, stay tuned for an upcoming story in the Record.

The Hub has been in business in New Westminster since 1955.

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