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Pannell reopens barbershop in Bedford

By John Barnhart

    When Spinner’s Barbershop closed this summer, a local entrepreneur saw an opportunity.

    Chris Pannell, an Altavista native who has lived in Bedford since 1989, had formerly operated a mobile car wash business called TLC. He brought the car wash to the customer.
    “People aren’t doing luxury in this economy,” Pannell commented.
    However, people still need haircuts. Computers can’t do this, and you really can’t do it yourself.
    Pannell said that he’s been interested in owning a barbershop for years. When he heard that Spinner’s had closed, he saw a new direction.
    “I’ve got the opportunity of a lifetime,” he commented.
    Spinner’s had only been closed for a few weeks when he held a grand opening for CP’s Barber Shop on Aug. 19. Opening so soon after Spinner’s closed was important to Pannell because he had noted that people liked the service that they were getting there.
    He’s brought Patsy Johnson in with him. Pannell is the owner and businessman and Johnson brings 35 years of experience as a barber in Bedford with her.  Pannell said that he’s committed to providing reliable service.
    Another advantage Johnson brings with her is that she’s experienced cutting women’s hair as well as men’s. Pannell also plans to bring in a woman as a stylist later. The space that he’s renting gives him plenty of room.
    Pannell said he also has an additional benefit to offer customers.
    “I have free coffee,” he said.
    CP’s is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m Tuesday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. No appointment is necessary; just walk in.