He goes to a barber downtown. (Merriam-Webster’s)
Does a barber mean a person or a shop?
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Well the dictionary indicates a barber is a person, not a shop. Should I infer that you doubt the definition in dictionary? The term for the place is "barber shop" or "barber's shop". But yes, the implicit meaning is that he goes to a barber shop; this is accentuated by the lack of otherwise specification and by the presence of the article "a". In the same way, when you say "I go to the dentist" usually means I go to the dentist's office.