PJ’s Master Barbershop in Blasdell is run by the father-daughter team of James Jr. and Erica, who take after James’ father.
BLASDELL — For the James family, providing old-school style haircuts and licensed hot towel shaves to the local community has come naturally, for many years and three generations.
Following in the footsteps of his father Patrick James Sr. – a barber for more than four decades in South Buffalo – Patrick James Jr. has opened PJ’s Master Barbershop at 3879 S. Park Ave. in Blasdell, operating the business along with his daughter, Erica, as well as Master Barber David M. Morlock. The barbershop operates largely in memory of the late Patrick James Sr., a well-known figure in the South Buffalo community whose regulars were said to line up outside his barbershop until it opened on a daily basis.
The father-daughter team opened PJ’s in early May, with Patrick James Jr. citing the bustling Blasdell street locale as a key reason for the placement of the haircutting business. The former Tony Caputo’s Barbershop site has since picked up steady, diversified business and is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.
“It’s been a mix of ages, with seniors in the morning and others coming in at other times,” said James, a resident of Orchard Park. “We even had a 2-year-old brought in here, the other day. [Blasdell] was the right opportunity for us.”
Providing more than your average local barber, James is stressing the old-school aspect of the cut. Flat-tops, crew cuts, pompadours, fades and high-and-tight tapered looks are specialties of his. In addition, the rare hot towel shave is provided, upon request.
“We’re really emphasizing bringing back the old school,” said James. “It’s something my dad [provided] for years in South Buffalo. He wanted to work often and hardly ever closed.”
James owned two barbershops, on the corner of Seneca and Geary streets, and Abbott Road and Carlisle Avenue, in the city of Buffalo. Holding a steady client base and providing a friendly from-the-neighborhood demeanor, James came to be known for his haircut-and-shave offering. It’s this tradition that the local barber seeks to uphold, ever since he spent time learning the craft from his father.
Walk-ins are available and appointments, if desired, can be made by calling James at 796-3119, his daughter at 289-7993 or Morlock at 860-9029.
Erica James, who is a Hamburg High School graduate, and Morlock, are licensed barbers, having graduated from Master Barber school, located at the former Erie 1 BOCES location on Potter Road. Patrick James Jr. also obtained his haircutting license from cosmetology school.
Appealing to the local community is important to the haircutting trio, as is providing flexible services with an old-school feel.
“We open at 9 a.m., so come on in,” said James. “We offer more than your average barbershop.”