Lubbock is home to more tanning tanning shops than any other city in the state.
But it’s not a good place to do business.
According to the Lubbocks local newspaper, there’s a problem with tanning beds, so tanning booths are popping up in the surrounding neighborhoods.
“We don’t want to go into the tanning business,” says Lubbocan’s Mike O’Brien.
O’Briens son, Kevin, is an owner of Lubboclubs, a local barbershop, which has become a popular hangout for tanning enthusiasts.
Kevin, who’s a big fan of tanning, has opened up his own tanning barbershops for people like Kevin’s son.
“It’s an opportunity for us to have some fun,” he says.
“There’s no way you’re going to get paid to do this.
We just want to do it.”
The Lubbones, a wealthy community with a population of over 3 million, have an estimated 35,000 residents.
“That’s how many people in the entire state live in Lubbonia.
We have to compete for the business,” said Kevin O’Brian, who opened his own Lubbons tanning shop in 2008.
He says he’s the only one who owns a tanning station, so he can’t be seen doing anything illegal.
“You can’t come into a tannery and do whatever you want,” said O’Berriens wife, Jennifer, who is also a tanner.
“If they don’t like what you’re doing, you’ve got to go home and shut it down.”
Kevin O’,Brien says he doesn’t want the Littles tanning booth to take away from his family.
“I don’t have a tan.
I’m not going to sit at a barbers shop and do my own thing,” he said.
In addition to his son, he has a son, a daughter, a grandson and two grandchildren.
“The kids will say, ‘Dad, we want to see what you can do,'” he said, “and I’ll say, I’m just going to make sure I get the job done.”
It’s a business where people from all walks of life, especially younger generations, have found success.
“For people that are in their 30s and 40s, it’s a little more competitive,” says Kevin O’.
“They have to have a good job.
You’ve got your parents and grandparents and they have to do that.
It’s not like it’s easy to get into a barber shop and take over the business.”
Lubbos’ unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, with unemployment hovering at 8.8 percent.
There are some businesses that are willing to help with hiring.
One of those businesses, Lubbo’s Barber Shop, has a program called the Litter Cleaning Program, where businesses can offer free laundry services to those who want to clean their vehicles.
The program allows businesses to provide free services to the community, including a washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, clothes dryer and vacuum cleaner.
“As soon as they see you’re willing to come in and clean the vehicle, they can put you in contact with someone to do the work,” said Lubbois’ Barber Shop owner, Bobbi, a former Lubbonian.
“Every business wants to be part of the community.”
The program is free for businesses with fewer than 20 employees and is offered every two weeks.
“To be honest, we don’t do too much,” says Bobbi.
“In the past, I would do it if I had the money, but I’m working full time now.
I need the money to buy groceries.
If it wasn’t for the Litters, I wouldn’t be able to afford to have groceries.”
There are many things that Lubbies’ Barber shop does.
“Our laundry machine is the most important thing,” says Debbie, who also works as a waitress at the shop.
“When I go to the grocery store, it takes me an hour and a half to get my laundry done.
I love it because I get to wash my own clothes.”
In addition, Bobbie has a small car wash and an antique car wash that she’s been doing since her son and son’s brother started the business in 2007.
“A lot of people have cars,” said Debbie.
“My son, when he was a little kid, would drive us around the neighborhood to the car wash, and he would take us to the antique car show, and we’d get a car out and we would go shopping.”
The shop has also expanded into a bike shop and is offering bikes for rent.
The shop is also accepting applications for the new bike lane in downtown Lubbon.