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Barbershop moves to new location

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By John Barnhart

A new year has meant a new location for Pat’s Barbershop.

    Formerly located on Franklin Street, Pat Johnson has moved to a larger, and more visible, location on West Main Street. While the location is new, Johnson has been barbering for quite some time.
    “Twenty-four years and three months I’ve been barbering,” she said.    
    Johnson said that she had been considering moving for some time and decided now was the time when the space on West Main became available late last year. She moved in and opened up on New Year’s Day.
    Her Franklin Street shop only had enough space for her.
    “Now, I have space for three other people besides myself,” she said.
    She also has a shampoo sink, so she can now offer that service.
    What got her into barbering?
    “I had four boys and I had the skill,” Johnson said.
    This experience led her to go to barber school and get her license.
    The boys are all grown up, of course. One is currently in the United States Air Force, stationed in Okinawa. The other is an Air Force retiree.
    Now that she has the space, Johnson would like to have a beautician and a second barber to join her. Although she is a state-licensed barber and could have an apprentice work under her license, she would prefer that the beautician and the other barber have their own licenses.
    “If somebody is interested in coming to this area, and has a license, I have a chair,” she said.
    Johnson cuts hair from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, as well as from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For the time being, she’s also cutting hair on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until noon, but plans to give up those time slots once she gets a second barber in the shop who wants to work those days.
    Besides her regular hours, Johnson does some extra services for customers.
    “When one of my customers gets sick, I go to his home and cut his hair,” she said, adding that she has also gone to the hospital to give customers hair cuts.
    “If you have some loyal customers, you have to be loyal to them,” Johnson explained.
    She has also met people, on an emergency basis, at her shop to cut a customer’s hair at a time when she is normally closed.
    Johnson charges $10 for a haircut, and $8 for a child — which includes high school teens.
    “I had four boys, so I know how it is when someone has more than one son who needs a haircut,” she said.
    Other services include beard and mustache trims, shampoos and shaves.