NEPONSET — A former barber shop in Neponset has come back to life.
Tammy Jamison is owner and operator of Tammy’s Barber Shop in downtown Neponset at 111 W. Commercial St. where Mike Mowbray, known as “Three-Minute Mike” for how long it took him to cut a person’s hair, operated for many years before retiring in 2011.
Jamison has recently been open for business five days a week after several months of being open just two days a week.
“I am offering walk-ins; no appointments are needed,” she said. “Free coffee is available every day. I am mainly doing men’s haircuts.”
After her children grew up, Jamison first decided to go to cosmetology school, but changed plans after being able to buy the building in downtown Neponset where Mowbray had operated his barber shop for many years. The building was formerly owned by Bob Kelly.
“I then transferred to barber college with the idea of coming here after graduation,” she added. “We have remodeled the interior and plan to do more,” she said.
“We are excited to be open full-time. So many people enjoy that the shop is open. I wanted to start slow and get to know people. I have regulars and wanted to keep prices lower to give back to the community.”
Jamison still uses the barber chair that Mowbray used for 50 years in Neponset and has added a shampoo bowl and hair dryer.
Jamison also kept the slanted floor of the barber shop as it had been for many years because many townspeople wanted to keep it that way. In deference to Mowbray, who charged $1.75 a haircut for the 50 years he was a barber, Jamison will be able to offer low prices for haircuts as well at $4 for men (clipper cuts) and $6 for women (shear cuts).
“I can do perms and colorings, but they are by appointment only after regular hours,” she added.
The phone number is 309-525-4133. She is open Tuesday through Saturday, opening at 9 a.m. She stays open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and until noon on Thursday.
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