Help Save Earl’s Cuts and Styles in the Central District of Seattle
Reason for funding request To raise $5000 to help, retain Earl’s Cuts and Style barbershop in the historic Central District
About Earl Lancaster and Earl’s Cuts and Styles Earl Lancaster has been the owner and proprietor of Earl’s Cuts and Styles in the central district since 1992. Earl’s Cuts & Styles used to be surrounded by other black-owned businesses, and a working-class community. Today, most of those businesses are gone. Unlike many of the black businesses priced out of the area in recent years, though, Lancaster has a plan to stay in the neighborhood. A group of community partners is redeveloping a lot one block away into 115 affordable housing units, along with retail space for businesses like Earl’s. The homes will be marketed specifically to black people who make between 30 and 60 percent of the median income.
Murals from local black artists will line the courtyard to provide cultural and historical context regarding the site, and the neighborhood's black past For these reasons, Earl will moving his historic barbershop to a new location and needs help with this process.
The shop, like many others across cities in the US was historically a sanctuary of sorts for African-American life in the Central District and Seattle at large.
How the funds will be used Funds raised from this initiative will help pending tax debts, business taxes and other associated costs. Act now with a small donation of any amount to help Earl reach this milestone. Earl’s Cuts and Styles is an important bridge from the predominately African-American history of the Central District, and a connection to its present.