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.”