April 15, 2019

Earls Cuts & Styles

Seattle, Washington

Earls Cuts & Styles

The relocation of Earls Cuts & Styles started with an outpouring of support from the community. It ended in success with grants and loans from Craft3, Capitol Hill Housing, the City of Seattle and the Central Area Collaborative.
For nearly 30 years, Earls Cuts & Styles has been a cultural and community hub in Seattle’s Central District. In 1992, Earl Lancaster started his old-school barbershop just down the street. Today, it’s a training ground for up-and-coming barbers and one of the last beacons of Black arts and culture in the district.

Then in 2018, Earl got news that his shop in Midtown Center was being demolished for redevelopment. He would lose his decades-long home on its historic corner.
Fortunately, he was presented with an opportunity to relocate to the newly developed Liberty Bank Building, a mixed-use affordable housing project just across the street. The building honors the legacy of being the first African American-owned bank in the Pacific NW and preserves the district’s rich African American culture by leveraging the site to advance the goals of affordability and anti-displacement.

Earl’s relocation started with an outpouring of support from the community. It ended in success in the form of grants and loans from Craft3, Capitol Hill Housing, the City of Seattle Offices of Economic Development and Arts and Culture and the Central Area Collaborative.

Providing access to capital in underserved communities creates jobs, builds assets and contributes to community resilience. That’s why Craft3 offers an easier application process for underserved entrepreneurs in King County.

Check out Earls Cuts & Styles at 2320 E Union St. or at www.earlscutsandstyles.com.