A new barbershop in Plain City has turned on its barber’s pole for the first time.
Old American Barber Shop, 135 E. Main St., held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday in anticipation of its Wednesday grand opening.
Gabe Stout, owner and professional barber, specializes in “old school traditional” barbering, modeling his entire business around barbershops of the past.
“Barbering is the second oldest tradition… it’s in America’s history,” Stout said.
Straight razor shaves, one on one interaction and pretzel rods, a tradition carried on from Plain City’s last notable barber, are some of the shop highlights.
“Back in the day, the barbershop was the first Google, the first Facebook. Guys could hang out. I want to recreate that,” Stout said.
The leather and chrome barber’s chair faces a wall adorned wall with historic family photos and antique items, such as the musket Stout’s great-great-great-great-grandfather carried during his service in the Civil War.
Stout’s wife, Brittany Hilbert-Stout, grew up next door to Don Dean, a beloved Plain City barber who trimmed hair for generations of families until 2007, when he retired after 53 years in the business.
She remembers the barber fondly. If Stout is anywhere as good as Dean was, he will do just fine, she thinks.
Stout, who has worked at Mug & Brush in London for the past two years, knew he wanted to own his shop one day, but decided less than two months ago to make the leap.
He said that Plain City’s growing population led him to open the business now, rather than wait and risk another barber coming into the village he calls home.
“Plain City has needed a good barber for a long time,” Hilbert-Stout said.
The shop is walk-in only and is open Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon.
Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.