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Kut Kings Mobile Barbershop Still Facing Obstacles

John Pemble
William Burt speaking at the Iowa Statehouse in January 2020.

William Burt of Waterloo has a dream. He wants to take his mobile barbershop, Kut Kings, on the road to give hair cuts to people who need them. To people who can’t get to a barbershop or can’t afford a haircut, but he ran into the law.

The state didn’t have a law allowing for mobile barbershops, so he fought to change that law and he won. Or at least he thought he did. Just a couple of days after the legislature passed a law to make it legal in March 2020, the Iowa Board of Barbering told him that they couldn’t give him a license because there are no rules or regulations for the mobile barber industry. It’s been a year since that happened and Burt is still waiting.

Burt is planning on opening a Kut Kings brick-and-mortar location in the coming months.


  • William Burt, owner, Kut Kings
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
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