A step back in time

By Kristy D. Carter - [email protected]
Joseph Tew, manager of Model Barbershop, located in downtown Clinton at 206 E. Main St., shows off a cabinet filled with history - tricks of the trade used over the decades at the historic business. Tew said he wants to maintain the offerings that generations have come to expect from the local barbershop. -
Long-time barbershop shoe shiner Rudolph McPhail puts a little shine on Joseph Tew’s shoes. McPhail has been shining shoes at the business for 17 years, a oft-forgotten but always longed for service that is hard to find these days. -
Along with manager Joseph Tew, Derek Mobley, offers his barbering services at Model. From Wallace, Mobley is available for shaves, haircuts and the like on Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tew said he hopes to soon have barbers for every chair and open for longer periods during the week. -
A good shoe shine is hard to find these days, but not if you are visiting downtown Clinton, where Rudolph McPhail still overs a nice shine and touch-up to shoes during the barbershops hours of operation. - -

Walking through of the doors of 206 E. Main St., Clinton, takes one back to a time when life was simpler and the biggest worry of the week was getting a clean shave, fresh haircut and your shoes shined.

“Model Barber Shop is the quintessential barbershop experience,” general manager Joseph Tew said. “From the tiled floors, to the vintage sinks, it will take you back to simpler times. We are proud to be a part of downtown Clinton, and proud to continue the heritage of Model Barber Shop.”

Tew reopened Model Barber Shop in June. The downtown business has been a mainstay in the Clinton area for decades, but recently closed after the owner’s retirement. The business started out only open on Saturdays, but over time, the days open has grown.

Model Barber Shop, according to Tew, is your traditional barbershop, offering the many services your grandfather received at the same location years ago.

“We offer men’s haircuts, shaves, and facials … all of the traditional barbershop services,” Tew explained. “We want to be ‘every man’s barber.’”

The building is owned by George Wilson, who Tew says wanted to keep the business running as a barbershop after its initial closing. Tew serves as general manager, alongside fellow barber Derek Mobley of Wallace.

“He offers haircuts with a vacuum system … so people don’t leave itching,” Tew shared with a laugh.

The goal, according to Tew, is to provide the best modern barber shop experience with an “old school” touch.

“Our guests are valued, appreciated, and we love to interact with them,” he said. “When our guest leave, we want them to feel that they have, in a sense, stepped back in time. From the quality haircut, to the hot lather neck shave , we strive to give them the best experience they have ever had … every time.”

Joseph Tew, manager of Model Barbershop, located in downtown Clinton at 206 E. Main St., shows off a cabinet filled with history – tricks of the trade used over the decades at the historic business. Tew said he wants to maintain the offerings that generations have come to expect from the local barbershop.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Model-1.jpgJoseph Tew, manager of Model Barbershop, located in downtown Clinton at 206 E. Main St., shows off a cabinet filled with history – tricks of the trade used over the decades at the historic business. Tew said he wants to maintain the offerings that generations have come to expect from the local barbershop.

Long-time barbershop shoe shiner Rudolph McPhail puts a little shine on Joseph Tew’s shoes. McPhail has been shining shoes at the business for 17 years, a oft-forgotten but always longed for service that is hard to find these days.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Model-1.jpgLong-time barbershop shoe shiner Rudolph McPhail puts a little shine on Joseph Tew’s shoes. McPhail has been shining shoes at the business for 17 years, a oft-forgotten but always longed for service that is hard to find these days.

Along with manager Joseph Tew, Derek Mobley, offers his barbering services at Model. From Wallace, Mobley is available for shaves, haircuts and the like on Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tew said he hopes to soon have barbers for every chair and open for longer periods during the week.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Model-3.jpgAlong with manager Joseph Tew, Derek Mobley, offers his barbering services at Model. From Wallace, Mobley is available for shaves, haircuts and the like on Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tew said he hopes to soon have barbers for every chair and open for longer periods during the week.

A good shoe shine is hard to find these days, but not if you are visiting downtown Clinton, where Rudolph McPhail still overs a nice shine and touch-up to shoes during the barbershops hours of operation.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Model2.jpgA good shoe shine is hard to find these days, but not if you are visiting downtown Clinton, where Rudolph McPhail still overs a nice shine and touch-up to shoes during the barbershops hours of operation.
Model Barber Shop reopens downtown

By Kristy D. Carter

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