Bitz Barbershop had its Grand Opening in the original Juanita Village shopping center in Kirkland Washington, June 1964. Bill Bitz and his wife Lee owned and operated 2 hair cutting businesses. Bill worked the barber shop in Kirkland, and Lee worked a salon, on Mercer Island (Continental Hair Design).

The original barbers at Bitz's Barber Shop were Bill and his brother Joe.

After 40 years of barbering, Bill reluctantly retired in May 1993 and passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on June 29, 2012.

Bill (William) Bitz
1926 - 2012 (86 yrs.)

William (Bill) Bitz passed away peacefully on June 29, 2012 in Spokane, WA. He was born on May 6, 1926 in Winona, North Dakota, and was the first born son of Roy Bitz and Barbara Schwartzenberger. Bill left Spokane and came west where he met and married Leona House in 1962; they amicably divorced in 1992 while he raised 2 step daughters as his own, Ava & Brenda.

His profession was a barber, where he enjoyed working with his customers and providing them with humor and quality haircuts for almost fifty years. He had a shop in Spokane from 1950 to 1960 and his final shop in Juanita, from 1960 until 1993 when he semi-retired. Brenda, Bill's step-daughter, worked with him side by side for over 20 years. He continued to work part time at the shop until 1997 when he had to retire completely after falling from a tree he was trimming.

There was a private memorial service celebrating his life which was held in Spokane WA. He will be well remembered as a good DAD, friend, and kind hearted man that gave generously to others in need and will be deeply missed by his second family, we who loved and respected him, he'll be forever in our hearts.

In August 2002, the business was renamed to The Barber Shoppe and moved to the southwest corner of the new redeveloped Juanita Village.

The new barber shop features comfortable barber chairs and a hand crafted cherry wood back bar to create an old-time nostalgic theme.

Lee has managed the shop since 1994, and while now retired from active barbering, still takes care of shop business.


The red and white stripes symbolize the bandages used during the procedure. The red for the bandage stained with blood during the operation and white for the clean bandages. These bandages were hung out on the pole to dry after washing. As the bandages blew in the wind, they would twist together to form the spiral pattern similar to the stripes in the modern day barber pole. The bloodstained bandages emerged as the emblem of the barber-surgeon profession. Later in time, the emblem was replaced by a painted wooden pole
of red and white stripes. These colors are recognized as the true colors of the barber emblem. Red, white and blue are widely used in America due in part to the fact that the national flag used these colors. Another interpretation of these barber pole colors is that red represents arterial blood, blue is symbolic of venous blood and white depicts the bandage.

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