By: Brooklyn Arnest
Brooklyn Arnest The scene outside the King's Club Barbershop fundraiser
On January 19th, a devastating electrical fire took place inside the heart of King's Club Barbershop. Aside from $225,000 in damages to the shop, thankfully no one was physically injured or hurt. Not only were Mike Swenson and the guys affected by the fire but what seemed to be the entire community of Dana point. Last Saturday, hundreds of people turned out for a fundraising event to help rebuild the destroyed shop. The event was hosted at Hobie surf shop in Dana Point. The vibe felt more like a huge family BBQ than a typical charity event, laid back surfer types populated the area in front of the shop, laughing, eating, drinking and catching up.
Swenson was busy working away like any other Saturday, giving his customers cuts and shaves outside, which definitely added to the old-school essence of the benefit. There was raw, folky and soulful live music being played by South County's own two favorite gems, Live Oak Revue and Vinnie and the Hooligans; who are also customers of Swenson; Scott Young of Hooligans also works as a barber for him. Back when we profiled them for our Locals Only column, we actually did it inside the shop.More »