For the first time in years, men and boys in Georgetown won't have to leave town to get a haircut.
The Georgetown Barbershop quietly opened its doors last week at 109 E. Market St., the former location of Wayne's Barbershop, which became Shelly's Barbershop before it closed about five years ago.
"Cutting hair has been a hobby and a passion of mine for a long time," owner Robert Kauffman said. "Georgetown seemed like the perfect place for me to open my own barbershop, especially since there was nowhere else in town where men could go for a trim."
The Newark native was working part-time at a barbershop in Harbeson when Rick Greenberg, the owner of Cornerstone Media Productions in Georgetown, asked if he would be interested in opening a shop of his own.
Greenberg, who purchased the East Market Street storefront in March, said he felt the town needed a barbershop to fill the void left when Shelly's closed.
"When my wife and I bought this place, it was with the idea of fixing it up and making it a fixture of the Georgetown business district," he said. "I knew the town needed a barbershop again and I've known Rob for a few years, so I called him up and asked him to come look at the place."
Kauffman, who is building a house just outside of town, said the opportunity seemed perfect.
"I see a lot of potential here for a great business," he said. "We've already had about two dozen people come in for haircuts in the first three days we've been open and that's without people really knowing we're here yet."
The shop, which most recently housed the Floridella Boutique, features new hardwood floors, a fresh paint job,, three barber chairs and an eight-seat waiting room, as well as an innovative vacuum system that allows the barbers to clean up hair before it even has a chance to fall on a customer's shoulders.
"It's great for guys who want to come in for a trim on their lunch hour, but don't want to go back to work with hair all over them," said barber Dave Kimball, who Kauffman hired to staff the new shop along with fellow Georgetown resident Larry Wilson.
Each barber has more than a decade worth of experience, Kauffman said.
"We can do all grades of hair and we have experience cutting hair for men of all ethnicities," he said. "We're family oriented and we offer fast, friendly walk-in service five days a week, as well as one-day a week of appointment-only haircuts."
The Georgetown Barbershop is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Haircuts also are available on Monday with advance appointments.
Page 2 of 2 - Men's regular cuts are $15 or $13 with a military and law enforcement discount. Beard trimming also is available for $6, shape ups are $8 and clipper designs are $12.
Kauffman said Santa Claus will be at the shop on Saturday, Dec. 15, to hand out treats for kids and deals for adults.
Georgetown Deli slated to reopen next month
The New Georgetown Deli will return in mid-December following a three-month hiatus, according to co-owner Anna Pacstor.
“We wanted to do something different and add to our menu,” said Pacstor, who purchased the deli in March. “We’ve added a new range and a deep fryer, but unfortunately we had to close until we had those things installed.”
The deli, located at 111 E. Market St. in the same building as the new Georgetown Barbershop, has been closed since late September.
Pacstor said she’s hoping to reopen in three weeks.
“We can’t wait for our customers to come back and see us again,” she said.