Founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Lash Stevenson, Lash's Place continues as the quintessential neighborhood barber shop, albeit, one with an edge. _Lash opened his barber shop after cutting hair as a hobby for years. He started with family and friends when he was 13, and got a lot more practice during a stint in the Navy ( crewcuts a specialty! ). He attended Long Beach Barber School in the late '60s, but ended up in sales for a number of years until settling into a lifestyle that afforded more time with his young family. Taking a cue from his past, he incorporated as his mascot, Charly Foxe ( read the RF story ), a character made popular by TV talk show host Steve Allen and now immortalized in wood as carved by Chip Fyn of Pollock Pines.