Boyle Heights barber overcomes “gentrifier” label

Boyle Heights THe Cream Shop

Barbershop owner Lino Campos | Photo by Alex Medina.


Walking along the streets of Boyle Heights, you’ll pass by a barbershop or two. Most have been around for years, and many locals know their barbers well.

The Cream Shop, a recent addition to Boyle Heights, opened its doors in July 2016. It offers many haircuts – from classic designs such as pompadours to modern staples like man buns. Soon after opening, some in the community labeled it a gentrifying business, though the founder, Lino C. Campos, 41, has lived in Boyle Heights for most of his life.

Read the full story at Boyle Heights Beat.

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth and a sister website with stories also produced by community members “por y para la comunidad.”


  1. Wow this is some enthralling journalism. “People wanted to be racist couldn’t be, and left.”

    • You realize you’re talking about a senior in high school, right?

      And also, man. You barely cobbled together that sentence. I can barely tell what you’re critiquing. This kid is already writing way more clearly than you.

  2. So is it gntrification if the owner is a local? I’m starting to care less and less about this topic. Let the money win like it always does and kick ‘me all out!

  3. This man is a hard working, skilled, barber. It’s clear he cares about what he does and the community he lives in. That’s all that matters. Best of luck to him.

  4. But the 2 white guys and latino that run Weird Wave Coffee ; that serves HomeBoy Industries food , which is baked by reformed gang members are invaders and should get out? I got it, it’s not America, it’s Boyleheightsistan .

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