By Ryan Hill

VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Primo’s Barbershop in Vacaville is not letting the state’s new round of closures trim back their hours one bit.

“I think the better question is why decide to close down yet again? We know the closure hurt our economy,” Juan Desmarias, owner of Primo’s Barbershop, said.

This isn’t new territory for Primo’s. The shop defied the previous cut back on businesses being open.

“I’m just not going to put my barbers, you know, who are sole providers for their young families, in the category that we are not essential,” Desmarias said. “That we are not able to provide for our families.”

Desmarias told CBS13 he received about $12,000 in donations to pay potential fines during the first closure. But when they reopened, instead of putting that money toward his business, he’s donating the money to different charitable organizations.

“Once the state opened back up and we got past that initial closure, we were under the assumption that we were fine,” Desmarias said. “So, we didn’t want anyone to feel like we were trying to profit from all of their support.”

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Desmarias donated $6,497 to The Charge On Foundation. The foundation is in honor of fallen Vallejo officer James Capoot, who was an avid girls’ basketball coach. It makes $497 donations to athletes and other youth sports organizations. Capoot’s badge number was 497.

“He reached out to my daughter. He wanted to give us half of it and I was absolutely shocked! That’s the biggest donation we’ve ever had from a single donor ever,” Jennifer Capoot, Founder of The Charge On Foundation, said. “And of course, we pumped that money out to the youth.”

The money was also spread to Noah Coughlan who from Vacaville and does transcontinental runs to raise awareness for rare diseases with his organization Run 4 Rare.

“It’s a testament to the goodwill of Juan and the goodwill of Vacaville in general that he would do,” Coughlan said.

The barbershop owner says it’s an awesome feeling helping out his community. His shop wanted to bless the community just like they felt with the donations.

“I couldn’t be prouder to give away the money that people gave to me. I’ll continue to and if we get shut down, I’ll have to figure out a way to deal with that financially and I will,” he said.

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Solano County sent CBS13 a statement regarding what kind of enforcement will be implemented against the shop for not complying with the latest closure.

It reads, “The ordinance issued by the state indicates the local jurisdiction is the enforcement agency, which in this instance is the City of Vacaville Police Department.  The State may also step in and deploy a strike team to administratively pull licenses, etc. to halt operations.”

Comments (4)
  1. CAMERON AUJUARD says:

    SOLANO COUNTY SHOULD “PULL” THIS GUY’S PERMIT TO OPERATE. THATS WHAT ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DEPT’S DO, ISN’T IT? YES IT IS!! PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS “ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DIRECTOR”. THIS IS A LOT MORE SERIOUS….AND DANGEROUS THAN A ROACH, RODENT, NO HOT WATER, TEMPERATURE ABUSE, OR SMALL SEWAGE BACK-UP CASE. YOUR CONCERN IS NOT ABOUT “THIS” ONE SHOP OWNERS FINANCES’S AND HIS LIVELYHOOD, BUT THE ENTIRE COUNTY OF SOLANO’S WELL BEING, HEALTH, AND SAFETY. THAT IS STATE LAW YOU IDIOT. IS THIS THE REASON WHY YOU WOULDN’T HIRE ME IN THE PAST AS AN HEALTH INSPECTOR BECAUSE I KNOW MORE ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH THAN YOU ?? WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT FOR YOU HEALTH DIRECTORS TO SEE AND UNDERSDTAND STATE WIDE? THIS IS A REAL REASON TO CLOSE ANY BUSINESS WHO’S REGULATED BY THE STATE AND OR COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. “THAT” IS WHAT WE DO.

    C.S.B. AUJUARD, REHS, CCEO

  2. Jc Carington says:

    I agree, pull this irresponsible jerk’s license! He claims to have concern for his workers to be able to support their families while he puts himself, workers, customers and their families and the public at risk of getting covd-19! He obviously doesn’t care that people who appear to be healthy can be asymptomatic carriers and that a mask doesn’t always stop that from transmitting covid! Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  3. Jc Carington says:

    I agree, pull this irresponsible jerk’s license! He claims to have concern for his workers to be able to support their families while he puts himself, workers, customers and their families and the public at risk of getting covd-19! He obviously doesn’t care that people who appear to be healthy can be asymptomatic carriers! Look at his customers WITHOUT MASKS! Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  4. Bob says:

    The only reason he is concerned about his barbers is because they pay him to rent a space. This guy is a former cop and he is breaking the law. The city should cite and fine him every day he stays open. He is also putting the public at risk of getting the virus. So stop all of this patriot BS and shut down or do your work outside until things are open again.

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