Shave and a haircut … now in Caz

First village barber shop in 10 years opens in Town and Country Plaza

Fred Hinderliter, left, Cazenovia's newest barber, gives a hot face towel message to customer Kevin Moffett, of New Woodstock.

Fred Hinderliter, left, Cazenovia's newest barber, gives a hot face towel message to customer Kevin Moffett, of New Woodstock. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— And yes, there soon will be a red, white and blue barber pole in front of the shop, she added.

While Hinderliter is happy for the booming business and reception he’s receiving in Cazenovia, mainly, he said, he just feels blessed to be working in a profession he loves.

“It’s just been great. It’s a dream I never thought I’d be able to do,” he said.

What’s so great about a barber shop?

Brett McKay, one of the creators of The Art of Manliness blog and co-author of the site’s related books, wrote in a post on “Rediscovering the Barber Shop” that the golden age for barbershops was the 1880s to 1940s. During that time, men socialized in all-male hangouts, and barbershops rivaled saloons in popularity. Visiting the barbershop was a weekly, and sometimes daily, habit. Men would stop in not only for a haircut and a shave, but also to fraternize with friends and chew the fat. The aromas of the leather and walnut chairs, hair tonic, cologne and tobacco would fill the shop. “The moment a man stepped inside, he was enveloped in the warm and welcoming familiarity. He was immediately able to relax, and as soon as the hot lather hit his face, his cares would simply melt away,” McKay wrote.

The authentic barber shop started to fade in popularity after World War II because of use-at-home haircut kits, longer men’s hairstyles needing less frequent trimming and the ubiquity of unisex salons. But the barber shop calls to men again today because it’s a man’s place where he can fraternize comfortably with other men; barbers are trained to know how to cut a man’s hair (where salon stylists are typically not); and there’s no place else to get a straight-razor shave. “You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the pleasures of a great shave at a barber,” McKay wrote. And of course, he concluded, every time you go to the barber shop, you come out just feeling manlier.

Read the complete blog post at artofmanliness.com/2008/05/20/rediscovering-the-barbershop.

Fred’s Barber Shop is open Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Prices range from $3 for a beard or goatee trim, to $15 for a haircut to $30 for a haircut and straight-razor shave.

Call Twisted Scissors Hair and Tanning at 655-2298 for more information.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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