On Friday, March 26 Midway Barbershop, owned by Jeremy Chappell, opened for business. Chappell completely renovated the building, located at 25 East Wind Court across from the Hancock County High School/Middle School complex.
“The first day was good and steady,” Chappell said. “I did not get overwhelmed. It seemed like it was one haircut after the next. It went pretty well.”
On Monday afternoon the business held its official grand opening. Chappell’s daughter Ella, a sixth grader at Hancock County Middle School, cut the ribbon to officially open the shop.
“I am excited for it,” Ella said.
Hancock County Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts, Hancock County Chamber of Commerce President Wade Gaynor, Hancock County Chamber of Commerce Director Pam Bolen and Hancock County Chamber of Commerce member Bradley Clem attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“It is exciting to have a new business in the county,” Judge Roberts said. “It is a great location. He has obviously done a lot of work to the building. It is always good to welcome a new business to Hancock County.”
Chappell graduated from the South Central Barber College located in Bowling Green, KY. The program takes 15-months to complete, and the pandemic hit during his second month in school, which shut down the program for three months.
As a full service barber, he offers haircuts, beard trimmings and hot lather shaves. He also cuts women’s hair, and wants to incorporate both men and women customers into his business.
At this time he continues to contemplate how to synthesize men and women customers into his business. He fears men may think he runs a beauty shop, and that women may think he does not cut their hair. He also wants both genders to fell welcome and comfortable in his establishment.“I want to have a place where everybody is welcome,” Chappell said. “I want to respect how the customer base feels.”
Right now the business stays open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Chappell said he also plans to offer extended hours a few days per week. To find out his extended hours each week, like his Facebook page and check out which days he plans to stay open late. The extended hours go to 8 p.m.
Sean Williams also cuts hair at the shop, and Chappell said Williams plans to stay until 8 p.m. each Wednesday. Chappell said he came up with the idea of extended hours to meet the needs of factory workers and others in the county whose schedules make it difficult to get a haircut.
The business plans to offer walk-in service as well as booked appointments. Each day he plans to place a sign-in sheet in the shop with booked appointments marked. A person wanting a cut simply needs to look for an open slot on the appointment schedule, write his or her name in to a spot, go run errands or out to eat and come back at their slotted time.
When Chappell acquired the property and started to convert it into a barbershop, he wanted to make it a unique place. For that reason, he developed several unique décor items for the business.
“I wanted to come up with some cool things that would make a barbershop pop!” Chappell said.
At one time, people walked on the ceiling at Midway Barbershop. Stop by the shop at 25 Eastwind Court to see for yourself.
By Ralph Dickerson