The building where my father’s small barbershop was located still stands at the corner of Nolan & Pine on San Antonio’s East Side.
My father partitioned half of what was already a small address: 908 ½ Nolan Street. We lived in the other half. He did it to save money for our education.
Today, this is the address is the office of attorney, Maria Salazar, whom we visited and explained where my father’s two barber chairs and cabinets stood.
Then she mentioned something that we couldn’t believe. She said that sometimes, when she comes in work on Saturdays, sitting at her desk, she has often smelled a cologne-like aroma.
My brother and I wondered if it might be the scent of a specific brand of hair tonic my dad would use liberally after each cut.
So, I went on line and found that the company that makes the fragrance: Jeris Hair Tonic, still exists.
I ordered a bottle and dropped it off Maria’s office. When she returned and took a whiff of the tonic, she sent me the following text:
Every once in a while, that’s the smell I get, especially on Saturday mornings.
I come in on Saturdays and that’s the smell I get when I step in. Wow!!!”
Now, keep in mind that my dad moved out of the building over 40 years ago and the Dignowity Strip Center has been gutted and restored since then.
My father passed away in 1988 and I often feel his presence, guiding me from above.
I can’t help but believe that this fragrant sign was, also, “heaven scent”.