Cazenovia It’s been four weeks since Fred’s Barber Shop opened in the Tops plaza in Cazenovia — and Fred Hinderliter has been so busy he’s already thinking of increasing his business hours.
“Men just feel more comfortable in a barber shop,” said Hinderliter, who opened up his shop inside Twisted Scissors salon at the beginning of September. “’Finally, there’s a barber shop in town’ — I’ve been hearing that a lot. Every week I’ve been doubling my clientele.”
It’s been 10 years since the village of Cazenovia had a barber shop — since Ford Lamb moved his shop from 74 Albany St. (current home of Lavender Blue) up to Route 20 in the town.
Hinderliter, who is 60 years old, said he’s wanted to be a barber ever since he was a boy. But because of marriage and children at an early age, and the accompanying bills that needed to be paid, he worked as a truck driver for 34 years. When the company he worked for moved out of the state two years ago, Hinderliter, who is also a Navy veteran, said he decided to take advantage of the Veterans Administration education funding and signed up for the barber college program at the Delaware-Chenango-Madison- Otsego BOCES in Norwich.
He graduated at the top of his class and worked briefly at Tasha’s Techniques in New Hartford. Business was slow there, however, and when he received a call from Kelly Foster, owner of Twisted Scissors in Cazenovia, offering him a space in her shop, he packed up his clippers and moved in.
“All I hear is that there’s no barber in town,” Foster said. “And I’ve always wanted to have a barber pole.” So when she heard that a barber was looking to open a shop in Cazenovia she called Fred and asked him to set up his chair.