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May 21, 2013

Barber shows no signs of cutting career short

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“You lived through it!” Smith joked as Stocker sat up with a freshly-shaven face.

Miller has been coming to Smitty’s for 20 years after his favorite barber in Batavia closed up shop after decades in the business.

“He’s quick at it, it’s reasonable and it’s a good price,” he said. “Darrell’s a real likable guy, he’s easy to talk to and he’s got some interesting posters on the walls.”

Customers gather in the one-room shop to “gab and gossip” about what’s happening around town and in the world, he said.

Normally, Miller uses an electric razor at home to shave, but once in a while he’ll head over to Smitty’s for the smoothest shave in town.

“Darrell’s the only person I would trust to do it,” he said.

Besides being open Tuesdays through Saturdays, Smith also makes house calls, as well as trips to Ridgewood Nursing & Rehab Center once a month for the past 30 years.

To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

 

 

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