The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

June 12, 2013

Barbershop facelift

By HOWARD BALABAN howard.balaban@journal-register.com
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Customers at Billy Victor’s Clip Joint will be treated to an open house on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. Those who have not been in the establishment for a while will likely be shocked at its appearance.

“We have a new floor, a new backsplash, a new paint job…” listed owner William Badgely. “This place was a little outdated, it hadn’t changed in years.”

The open house will let visitors get a look at the upgrades and updates in the place, and it will also give them a chance to with a gift basket with about $150 of product. The product line Badgely uses in the shop is “100% vegan and is animal-free testing, which is a big thing for me,” he said.

Badgely is a Washington State native, from near Seattle. An Army veteran, he said he “always wanted to cut hair” and found himself doing so while in the service.

“I never had a license, though,” he recalled. When he was honorably discharged, Badgely went back to school and earned his license through Buffalo’s BOCES center. He interned and worked his way up until he had the chance to buy his current place on East Center Street.

Badgely used to flip houses in Reno, Nev. and his friend, Steve Natale, brought him out to Medina to help with a house project in this area. 

“I fell in love with the place,” Badgely said. “The people are so friendly. I liked it so much I moved my parents out here, too.”

Badgely said the former owner of the shop, Norma Chambers, will still cut and style hair a couple times a week. Meanwhile, he said he was happy to both be part of a family line of barbers and Medina’s downtown revival.

Badgely’s grandfather was a barber for the Marines. His father, who was in the Air Force, also tried to cut hair but decided it was ultimately not for him. 

“He did it once, cut my ear, and that was it,” Badgely recalled with a laugh.

Regarding Medina, Badgely stated, “I think this whole area is coming back slowly. I’ve lived in the area for 20 years, and I’ve seen it change for the better because people are taking pride in small towns.”