There is no doubt about it, there is definitely something special about Downtown Flagstaff. Maybe it’s the people, the businesses, or the history behind all of it! We decided it was time to really get to know our business owners and hear their downtown stories.
Janice (left) is the current owner of Alley Cats Haircutting Salon. Her business has been located in the same spot in Downtown Flagstaff for 25 years! The doors to Alley Cats opened in 1992 and remain open to their regulars and newcomers. And just like many places downtown, there is a story behind Alley Cats and how it got the name. When the salon first opened it was called Floyd’s and a cutout of the profile of Floyd Lawson (from The Andy Griffith Show) was on the front window. Well, the family of the character Floyd was traveling through Flagstaff on their way to the Grand Canyon and said that the name “Floyd” could not be used. So the nameless haircutting salon hosted a contest, the public submitted names, and the name Alley Cats came out on top!
Janice started out as a hairdresser at Alley Cats and then bought the business from the original owner and promised to keep it the same, and that’s exactly what she has done. She wants people to feel at home in the salon, and at one point was doing three generations of hair. Although that family is no longer located in Flagstaff, they will stop in to say hi when they are in town. “Downtown has a different feeling than any other part of Flagstaff. People are kind, business owners are serious about their business, and Downtown just has a sense of family and love”, says Janice. Lunch breaks are at Mountain Oasis and down time is spent on the hidden Pasto patio. Over the years neighboring business owners have become like brothers and sisters to Janice. Clients have been going to Alley Cats for 25 years and many business owners and their families support the downtown haircutting salon.
“I could never go to another city and create what I have here in Downtown Flagstaff. Come join our family at Alley Cats!” – Janice
Alley Cats is located 19 N. San Francisco and you can visit their Facebook page for more information.