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Take a Step Back in Time at Reed’s Barber and Shave Shop
Written by Kelly Chandler Staff Reporter

Trevor Reed sits in a vintage barber chair inside his new shop at 118 Gravel Pike in Green Lane.  The barber shop opened last weekend and offers services in a turn-of-the-century atmosphere.

                Trevor Reed, with his suspenders, vintage haircut and wingtips, exudes classic barber. 

                There is nothing he doesn't like about the history on up to the present day of his craft.

                "I'm passionate about the craft of barbering," he said.  "It's a dying art."

                Reed, who graduated from Atlas Barber School in the East Village of Manhattan, the oldest school of its kind in the US, fell into his career thanks, in part, to his grandfather, Ken Nase.  As a boy, Reed said Nase always took him along to the Perkiomenville Sale.  And thus began his fascination with antiques, especially barber shop paraphernalia. 

                His shop, on the lower level of Red Men's Hall in Green Lane, fits in well at its historic locale.  It's chock full of vintage equipment like towel warmers, hot lather machines and barbering tools. 

                A meticulously crafted back bar from 1901, hailing from a Reading barber shop, sits against a wall of Reed's Barber and Shave Shop and an antique cash register and old-school red, white and blue barber pole also adorn the space.  Shelves are lined with antique bottles of hair treatments and tonics that promise everything from taming unruly hair to stimulating follicle growth.

                A pool table sits in the middle of the space, much as it would have decades ago.

                But more importantly for the 22-year-old is what the shop means.  It's a chance for Reed to do something that he loves in an area that is seeing a resurgence.

                "There's been a revamp of vintage styles like pompadours, D.A.s., contours.  There's more of a craft involved to it," he said of barbering.  "I love everything about it."   

                The 22-year-old Red Hill resident opened for his first day of business last Saturday, Nov. 8.

                He had to stay open for an extra hour to accommodate all his customers.

                "It went really good," he said of the shop's premier.  "Some people just came in and looked around.  But people really liked it."

                What people may like is service that isn't commonplace anymore.  Reed, who serves every age bracket clientele, can give his customers a straight-razor shave complete with a hot towel wrap.  He uses vintage equipment where possible for an authentic barber shop experience.  He also does contemporary hair designs.

                Services start at $8-$10 for a beard shape-up and run $16 for a haircut.  Reed offers discounts for fathers and sons, military and EMS personnel.

                For more information on Reed's Barber and Shave Shop, visit him at 118 Gravel Pike in Green Lane Tuesday through Friday from 5-9 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  A snapshot of his shop can also be found on YouTube under Reed's Barber and Shave Shop.






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