The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 20, 2014

The Right Cuts

— If you want to experience an old school barber shop with some modern flair, the owner of Beckley Barber Shop says he’ll take care of you.

With 20 years of professional experience as a barber, Sean Stevens says being a barber is in his blood.

“My mother is a barber. To me, she’s the greatest barber of all time,” he said. “My pop is a barber too. Even in the Army I dabbled with cutting hair a bit.

“I’ve been cutting hair since I was 12 years old. I’d go into my mom’s purse and get her clippers out of the bag. She knew I would be a barber ever since I was 12. It’s in my bloodline.”

Stevens says a man named Reggie Greene helped him become who he is today.

“He taught me how to become a good barber, an old school barber,” he said. “An old school barber really wants his work to show. He takes pride in his work. It’s also about the atmosphere. You come into a barbershop and it should have that old school feel to it.

“It’s not about just zipping through your head and charging your $17. We take pride in our edge-ups. Our customers are a walking billboard. Our patrons and customers have been loyal to that. They don’t want a quickie haircut. They want a real haircut. Keeping the old traditions alive is important.”

Stevens says he has an excellent crew right now.

“I have the best team of guys that you could ever meet or ever work with,” he said. “I would be nothing without my team or my clientele. I like the business and I’ve met a lot of good people. I’ve made a lot of good friends up here, but I couldn’t do anything without the Lord. God comes first to me and I know where my blessings come from.

“I’d like to bring more energy to Uptown Beckley like it used to be. I want to bring it back and I’m sure it’s coming back. I have an old school barbershop but it’s futuristic also. It’s modern, but with old school style.

“We want to bring everyone together. I wouldn’t call this a ‘black’ barbershop. This is the Beckley Barber Shop. It’s for everyone. Hair is hair.”

The crew at Beckley Barber Shop is really special, Stevens says.

“Alice Price keeps the place clean,” he said. “She’s like my greeter. She means the world to me.”

Price says one of the reasons Stevens is so successful is because he knows what people want.

“He cuts customers’ hair just how they want,” she said. “He doesn’t mind to do it a special way. He’s a good listener.”

Another member of the crew says it’s the hard work Stevens puts into the job that makes the place so special.

“He sees what he wants and he goes for it,” Raymond Moore said. “He’s focused as a business man. He gave me the opportunity to work here.

“I went back to school at the Beckley Beauty Academy and he told me he would always have an open chair for me. I’ve been working with him four years.”

One member of the team has been working at the shop for the past year and says being a barber is about helping people.

“You have to be a people person,” Kevin Creasy said. “You have to serve the people. You make people look good which, in turn, makes them feel good.”

Beckley Barber Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. right now, but Stevens said they’re thinking about staying open later since all of the parking near the shop is metered.

Beckley Barber Shop is on the corner of Earwood and South Heber streets. For more information about the shop or to schedule a cut, call 304-253-4880.

— E-mail: cneff@register-herald.com

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