Village Barber opens in Oxford

OXFORD – Steam facials, straight razor shaves, haircuts and more are now available in Oxford at the Village Barber.

The full-service barber shop, located on North Canal Street in the village, opened in early April.

“I’ve always wanted to be a barber,” said owner John Hadac.

A union electrician by trade, the Smithville resident decided to pursue his life-long dream two years ago, when he was laid up after a knee operation. He enrolled in DCMO BOCES, where he completed the 500-hour course required to receive his barbering license.

In fitting with the traditional barbering techniques Hadac employs, the shop itself is, in many ways, an homage to by-gone eras.

“I like antiques,” he explained.

Both of the barber chairs in use are vintage pieces, and Hadac is in the process of restoring a third. The historic chair, which is over 100 years old, was gifted to him by a descendant of one of Oxford’s past barbers.

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