I live in one of several racially integrated suburbs in eastern suburban Cleveland. Driving down a major street around 11:00 PM or midnight, as one would expect, most businesses will be closed, except for bars, all-night diners and … barber shops and beauty salons catering to a largely African-American clientele.
The regular old-school barbershops have business that are as erratic as Dick Cheney’s heartbeat, with most closing at 4:00 PM. Beauty salons are usually open a bit later. Why are black barbershops and beauty salons open so late, often into the wee hours of the morning? It is common elsewhere, or is it just a Cleveland thing?