• Pete's Barber Shop. A place for the whole family!

    In 'Old Town' Novato, California
    872 Grant Avenue
    (415) 892-9598

  • Pete's Barber Shop welcomes everyone

    Pete's Barber Shop is a salon and barber perfect for every member of your family. We are conveniently located in Old Town Novato on Grant Avenue where visitors typically find plenty of free parking. Walk-ins are accepted Tuesday through Friday during normal business hours but appointments are suggested for Saturdays.

  • We do it all!

    Haircuts, shaves, color highlights; we do it all! We love kids too. We serve the entire community of men, women, and children. Reasonable prices ($23 children, $25 adults, includes a hair wash). Come on in and enjoy our garden while you wait. There's even parking in back.

Joy Ambra Owner

Drop in and meet our three hair-cutters Frankie, Joy (owner), and Maureen. We're here ready to serve your every grooming need from old fashioned haircuts to highlights and color for men and women. For straight razor shaves, ask for Joy.

What we do

At Pete's Barber Shop, we are a full-service barbershop offering the entire family great grooming services, no matter what your style. You don't have to pay a lot for a good haircut; give us a try!

Get in touch              Our Hours

Pete's Barber Shop                        Tuesday-Friday 10-6
872 Grant Avenue                           Saturday 9-5
Novato, CA 94945                           Joy's days: Tuesday,
415-892-9598                                  Friday, and Saturday
Extra Parking in Back

    Please come visit us.  After you do, leave us a message or your thoughts on your experience at Pete's Barber Shop.


Posted by Joy On 12:40 PM 17 comments


I have been going to Pete's for years, and when my son was born, I started bringing him, and he's now 12. I always get a great haircut and wash, and when I feel indulgent, I get a shave. It's old school and it is the best. Plus, it is the most fun you can have while sitting down. Joy, Maureen and Frankie always have a good story to tell and great music playing, and a delightful garden out back that you can hang out in. I wouldn't go anywhere else!


Do you charge less if I don’t want a hair wash. I always wash my hair prior to a haircut because I don’t like anyone else washing my hair.

Tom James

hi tom , this is the first time anyone has commented. so I just want to share with you the prices have gone up.. since I did this website.. the price of a haircut is $25.00 and that includes a shampoo so the answer is no. but you don't need another one we can just wet it if that is your preference.. thanks for your question

Do you guys take walk-ins, or is it easier to make an appointment?

Can you put your hours and days open on your website, and can you make it so you can book an appointment online?

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Our Story

Here’s a short history of Pete's Barber Shop. The barber shop has been located at various locations, all on Grant Avenue in Novato. The first 'Pete' was Clarence Peters. He owned the barber shop from sometime in the early 1940's until just after 1970. Mr. Peters sold the barber shop to Jake Vanderziel, the second 'Pete'. Joy Ambra, the third 'Pete' and current owner, worked for Jake for a decade. Joy bought the building (at the current location) in old town in 1988. Jake sold the business to Joy in 1989 and then came to work for her for 10 years until his retirement. Joy is a second generation barber; Joy’s father owned a barber shop one block from the White House in Washington D.C. Joy says, “I wanted the old time feel of the barber shop of the past, like the one in Mayberry, R.F.D. A place where everyone comes by to play checkers... It’s the first modern old fashioned barbershop; a place for the whole family!”