WEST FARGO - Trever Thompson wants to be West Fargo’s community barber.
Thompson, an Iraq War vet, opened Trev’s Barbershop in mid-October at 1317 Main Ave. E.
“I’m not looking to be super big or anything,” Thompson said Thursday, Nov. 5, in a break between haircuts and shaves. “Just a community barbershop. … A place where people can come and feel welcome.”
The shop is in an industrial/commercial part of town, but with busy Main a stone’s throw away, Thompson feels the location should be handy for customers.
“I just want me and the barbers that work here to make an honest living and a decent living, which you can as a barber. You just have to be there and put the time in. I hope we stay busy and successful,” he said.
Thompson grew up in Bismarck and then attended North Dakota State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in recreation management in 2004. He also was enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
He had been a sergeant in the Army National Guard, but upon graduating NDSU, was commissioned as an active duty Army officer.
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He served four years in the Army, which included a 15-month tour in Iraq with an air defense artillery unit. He rose to the rank of captain before getting out in 2008.
“I’m glad I got to go,” he said.
He did a short stint with a delivery company after he returned to the region, then worked six years at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Fargo in support of the social workers there.
He spent some time in graduate school, but in evaluating what he wanted to do with his life, came to realize he really wanted to be a barber.
In 2014, he left the VA and went through the program at Moler Barber College in Fargo.
After graduating from Moler, he was hired by Everett’s Barbershop in downtown Fargo, where he worked five years, leaving in September to start his own shop.
“Being your own boss,” is one of the reasons Thompson decided to put up his own barber pole. There’s a long tradition in the trade, and artistry in “transforming people’s hair into something. It’s very satisfying.”
He also enjoys the social interaction.
“It’s relaxing. Just the relationship you have with your customers, the rapport you build with your customers,” he said.
“It’s crazy what people will tell you. And I think they feel good that somebody’s listening to them,” he said. “A personal relationship is one of the biggest things about being a barber.”
He regularly leaves his wife wondering how he knows so many people around town. It’s easy if you’re a barber, he said.
“So it’s kind of cool. … It’s kind of fun,” Thompson said.
The shop has three chairs with plenty of room for social distancing. One of the chairs is used by another master barber, Dylan Koenig.
The shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Customers can book online at trevsbarbershop.com. (He’s still waiting to get internet and phone service installed.) Walk-ins are welcome.