Welcome to our series, #WHYoming, brought to you in partnership by Kaumo Law.
We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?
This week, I had a chance to sit down with George Hoyt, the man behind Shorty’s Barber Shop on Broadway Street in downtown Rock Springs. George decided two winters ago that he had enough of the oilfield and decided to venture into barbering.
Why a barber shop?
“Really it was a lack of barbers in town, so I thought I might as well get into the game,” George said.
He went to barber school and opened up his very own shop.
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George, how did you end up in Rock Springs?
I came out in May of 2001 chasing the oilfield. Then I got married and had kids so this is home now.
What is something unique about you?
Oh I don’t know, I think I’m just one big handful of uniqueness.
What do you appreciate most about our community?
It’s small. I mean this is the biggest place I’ve ever lived, but I like that it’s small but everything’s still here that you need.
If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?
Oh I don’t know, I’m not a good one to ask that. Save your money.
Where is your favorite place to hang out in Sweetwater County?
I’d probably say the river or the lake. Just ride around, shoot prairie dogs, whatever.
Would you rather walk, ride a bike, take a horse or drive a car?
I like walking. I walk down here (downtown) every day, well, until winter hits.
What would you sing at karaoke night?
What’s the George Thorogood one? Get a Haircut, Get a Real Job. That’d be a good one.
How would your friends describe you?
That depends on who you’re talking to. I don’t know. Friendly, easy-going.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I guess starting my own business.
Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
(Zach) Galifianakis. I love that guy.
Why do you continue to live in Wyoming?
Everything outdoors. Can’t get too far from the mountains these days.