Best of Arlington 2013
Health, Beauty & Fitness
Best Barber Shop
Pete’s Barber Shop
In the world of men’s grooming, Pete’s is old-school. On any given day, you’re likely to find several gentlemen inside, reading newspapers and talking about politics and the economy.
Owner Peter Xereas started working in his family’s barbershop in Kalamata, Greece, at age 10. The family immigrated to Arlington in 1962, and his father owned a shop in downtown Washington, D.C., until 1968. That’s when they moved to Westover, relocating their business to a storefront that had been in existence since 1932.
“My father, my grandfather, my two brothers were all barbers,” says Xereas, 70, his station covered in snapshots of longtime customers and his native Greece.
“I get recipes, I get stories when I come in,” says 63-year-old retired attorney John Miller, who counts among the shop’s regulars. “I have two sons who moved away to New York and Connecticut, but they still get their hair cut here when they come to visit,” he says. “Pete’s been cutting their hair since they were little boys.”
5847 Washington Blvd., Arlington, 703-241-2340, www.facebook.com/pages/Petes-Barber-Shop/141539272553371