Columbus Clippers: Cutting it up with the city's best and boldest barbers

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

The Columbus Clippers kick off the minor league baseball season with a seven-game home stand beginning on Thursday, April 7. But for this week's cover feature we're taking a look at some Columbus clippers of a different sort: The men and women staffing the city's barbershops.

More than a place to get a haircut and a shave - with a straight razor no less! - barbershops can function as everything from social clubs and neighborhood community centers to music hubs (see: the online video series "The Mug & Brush Sessions," which is filmed at the Mug & Brush in Old North).

"The barbershop is the whole cornerstone of the neighborhood," said Chevez Moman of Grooves Barber & Beauty. "If you wanted to find out something out back in the old days, you went to the barbershop. If you wanted to promote something, you went to the barbershop. If you wanted to have a good laugh, you went to the barbershop. If you were nosy and wanted to find out what was going on in the neighborhood, you went to the barbershop. Everything happened in the barbershop."

While some of the technologies have changed (cordless clippers would have been considered witchcraft in the 1900s, for one), this social aspect remains central to the whole barbershop experience.

Here in Columbus, we have both a thriving modern barber scene, with long-established neighborhood haunts resting alongside newborn ventures that have popped up in more recent years, as well as a unique connection to the trade's past. The National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame, established by Ed Jeffers in 1988, is located in Canal Winchester and serves as an industry time capsule, collecting artifacts and technologies that trace the trade's evolution.

Read on to learn a bit more about some of the barbers working hard to make sure that you keep looking good, Columbus.