Ricardo’s new barbers

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U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joe Dangidang

You may have seen it. That iconic symbol, the red and white barber shop pole posted on the fence next to the Back Street Café advertising to potential clients that Ricardo’s is open for business with its new resident barbers, Maria DeLuna and Michelle Tovar Vazquez.

Since graduating from Riverside City College’s Cosmetology program, both have gained experience from numerous salons and barbershops throughout Riverside County.

“I’ve been doing this for 17 years,” said DeLuna. “Out of all the places I’ve worked, I like it here on the base because everyone is so nice and polite; every reply is a ‘Yes ma’am’ and ‘thank you ma’am’.”

In DeLuna’s own right, her personality is just as well-mannered and inviting. She greets customers with a warm-hearted hello and a smile that would settle the butterflies in the bellies of the most anxious, even those who suffer from a case of tonsurephobia (the fear of haircuts).

Vazquez also offers years of experience. She has been in this line of work for six years and shares mutual feelings with DeLuna about being able to service military members.

“I get to meet very interesting and important people,” said Vazquez. “Everyone is very polite and if I have a problem there is always someone here to help.”

There are many reasons why people may be reluctant to get a haircut, but with DeLuna and Vazquez’s experience, there is nothing to worry about. They might as well be considered masters in their trade because of the skill level they each bring to the chair.

So, to steal a popular game show phrase, “Come on down!” You won’t win any tangible prizes but you will possibly leave with a fresh and so-clean feeling that might make you want to kick your heels on your way out. And, the price is right!

“I would like everyone to know that it’s a pleasure to work here and I have learned a lot from each of you,” said Vazquez. “I really appreciate, admire, and respect what you do for us and for this country.”

Ricardo’s is located at 870 Adam St., Bldg. 110, next door to ‘The Back Street Café.’ They are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Unit Training Assembly Saturdays.