With Great Clips popping up on every corner, along with every other commercial hair salon it’s good to know there is a local small town barber nearby. Ah, ye ole barbershop….
Sitting surrounded by guys I first felt out of place taking my son to the barber. Myself being a woman in a man’s place of solitude I felt like I shouldn’t be there. Those thoughts quickly faded as I entered into manly conversations of fishing, hunting, and guns. They must’ve realized I was not your average female, and the quiet tension faded.
The local barber is a young guy, and ambitious. He graduated high school, went to barber college, and now has his own shop here on Main Street. Being the only barber in town you may have to wait, but he works hard to get everyone in.
I like to support local businesses and this is a great one. At ye ole barbershop I work to teach my son on how to pay, tip, and talk with other people. Usually the barber will ask about school or how his summer break is going, and they chat like they’ve known each other for years. I enjoy sitting back and watching my son interact with adults. In that chair he becomes someone different, someone unfamiliar to me. He becomes chatty, asks questions of the barber, and almost seems older.
The local barber not only transforms men’s hair, he transforms everyone into small town friends. Everyone chats together, and it feels familiar like some how we’ve all known each other for years. This is one of my favorite aspects of living out of the city. A trip to the local barber, butcher, etc., making relationships that make up small town living. The barber knows when you’ve slipped and went to Great Clips because he was closed. Believe me we once had to have the barber fix the youngest’s hair because I cut it. I am no barber. Unless you want your head buzzed, then I do alright.
Get out to those local businesses and show them your support. Commercial retailers are driving our friends out of business. That small mom and pop diner, the hardware store, the butcher, and the barber all struggle. They need us for their livelihoods, to feed their families, to pay the bills. We all would reach out to help our friend who was struggling. How is this any different.
Go see your local barber. Have a chat, get a hair cut and a shave. Feel apart of a community. This is part of living a simple life.