James & Terrina Kober
James & Terrina Kober purchased The Ham Barbers (formerly Murray’s) on January 15, 2019.
James grew up in Ham and remembers going to this very shop with his Grandma many moons ago when it was the local sweet shop!
When The Kobers found out that the shop was up for sale in late 2018, they were distraught and wanted to make sure that the barbers didn’t change as they loved the atmosphere and felt it was very much a community driven shop.
Both James and Terrina, along with their children, were all customers at Murray’s and did not want to lose their favourite barbers Kelly and Claire so they decided to buy the shop!
James and Terrina are very active in the community as tennis coaches in the local schools and James is the Head Tennis Professional at Ham & Petersham LTC where Terrina assists him.
Since taking over in January, The Ham Barbers has had some exciting upgrades both on the interior and exterior of the building and some new, cutting edge services.
Claire is part of the fixtures and fittings at the Ham Barbers as she has been working at this location for the past 17 years which makes her the “longest standing” member of staff!
Claire has actually been barbering since 1991 and just has an absolute love of cutting hair.
Her favourites are kids cuts and classic barbering.
A couple of fun facts about Claire are that she can eat a whole doughnut without licking her lips and also loves do hand-stands when the shop is slow!!!
Kelly has been barbering since 1999 and has been working at the shop on and off for the last 17 years.
Kelly loves to be creative and she really enjoys doing hot towel shaves and waxing!
She is not scared to try anything and she says, “Dare me to do it…and I’ll do it!”
A couple of fun facts about Kelly are that she likes to eat her lunch for breakfast and also enjoys doing cartwheels when the shop is slow!!!
Terrina Kober Is originally from Mobile Alabama USA (A true Southern Belle).
Terrina holds a Cosmetology license in America where she was a hairdresser and master show /Make up artist for 27 years. Terrina Also holds an International level 3 Masters Barbers license. Having moved to England with her Husband James who grew up in Ham, She decided to help him in his Tennis business, where she acquired coaching licensing From the LTA ,(Lawn Tennis Association) and PTR (Professional Tennis Registry); Both Uk /US. She has also acquired a USPTA license (United States Professional Tennis Association). But when the chance came to jump back into the hair industry she grabbed it and now is the Proud owner of THE HAM BARBERS.
Terrina’s favourite thing to do is travelling the world meeting new people.
Her motto is: There aren’t any strangers in life, Just friends she hasn’t met yet!
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We are always on the look out for talented barbers. If you would like to find out more about working for us, renting a chair in our shop or starting an apprenticeship then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.