Barber shop celebrates first year

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By John Barnhart

Status Barber Shop is celebrating its first year in business with a customer appreciation day.

    The shop opened in August, 2009, after significant renovation work which included new electrical work in a house on Washington Street across from Frank’s Supershine. Stepping in the front door gives a customer an impression of the result of this work. Cheyney Preston has created a warm, inviting atmosphere with finished hardwood floors, good lighting and a LCD flat screen TV, mounted on a wall, that people can watch while waiting their turn in one of the shop’s two chairs. A poster on the wall cautions “Absolutely No Profanity.” Preston said that the sign, and the policy behind it, is just another effort to provide a friendly environment where people will feel comfortable.
    He said he takes pride in having a nice place.
    “That goes along with the whole experience,” he said.
    Preston is a Bedford native and a Liberty High School (LHS) graduate and member of the LHS basketball team that won back-to-back state championships in 1996 and 1997. Recently, he played on the local team that played against the Harlem Ambassadors, in March, for a fundraiser to benefit Canines for Combat Veterans.
    He’s been a barber for six years and has all along wanted to open his own shop.
    “I thoroughly enjoy what I do,” he said.
    Preston sees the shop as an opportunity to use his talent to serve the community where he grew up.
    “I definitely saw the need in Bedford,” he said.
    Opening in the town where he grew up helped build clientele because people know him and know his family. It also helped him find another barber to fill the second seat. That’s Jonathan Hayden.
    Hayden, a 2009 LHS graduate, said that Preston has cut his hair since he was a kid. He got interested in barbering while setting in Preston’s chair. He took the two year cosmetology program offered at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) which prepared him to take the written and practical exam to get his state license. This meant that he could start right out of high school.
    The BSTC course focused more on hair styling, but Preston filled in the blanks for Hayden.
    “I learned a lot from Cheyney himself,” Hayden said.
    It also gave Preston the chance to hire somebody he knew he could trust. Hayden’s father, by the way, is Captain Tim Hayden of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
    Preston said that Hayden is good with the designs that kids like to have clipped into their hair. He’s also popular with teens and the fact that he’s a recent LHS grad helps.
    “A lot of the teens that come in are already familiar with him,” Preston noted.
    Status is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday’s and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The shop is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. All customers are served as walk-ins and they have special rates for children and students.
    The customer appreciation day, for customers and friends, will be on Aug. 29 from 3- 6 p.m. with hot dogs and burgers.
    “It’s a chance for us to show appreciation for existing customers,” Preston said, adding that it’s also an opportunity for new customers to get to know them and check the shop out.