Reinventing the Classic Barber Shop
'The Clipping Post' Offers Sports Theme, Multiple Televisions
By Amy Kane
Hampton Union, Tuesday, November 27, 2007
[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
'The Clipping Post' at 875 Lafayetete Road in Hampton.
[Amy Kane Photo]
HAMPTON -- Barbershops are not a thing of the past. Tammie Michaud wants men to know they don't have to go to a fancy salon to get a good haircut.
The master barber just opened her second shop, on Route 1 in Hampton. The Clipping Post is geared toward a male clientele, with team pennants and a sports theme, and flat-screen TVs in the waiting room and at each cutting station.
"Guys think barbershops are going by the wayside. We try to let them know there's a place for them," Michaud said.
The Clipping Post has a comfortable, inviting atmosphere, with a friendly staff. It's a little like coming into a living room. No appointments necessary.
Michaud has been cutting men's hair for 12 years. She owns and operates the original Clipping Post in Newfields and works there on Wednesdays.
According to Michaud, The Clipping Post is the only barbershop in the area open on Sundays as well.
Michaud lives in Hampton with her husband and four children ages 18, 15, 14 and 7. Her daughter Justina, 18, is a receptionist at The Clipping Post in Hampton. She is going to school and working to get her barber's license, too.
"It's pretty much the best job you can have," Justina said.
She takes after her mom. Tammie Michaud said she loves her job, especially when it's busy and she can talk to lots of people all day long.
"It's a very relaxed atmosphere. You're not trying to impress," she said. "If you do a good job, you make a lot of friends. Guys are really loyal."
Her biggest challenge?
"Having guys notice it's a barbershop. They're used to them not being around," she said.
Michaud emphasizes that barbers can accommodate all sorts of haircuts now, not just the traditional or military cuts. Michaud also offers neck shaves.
"They are a wonderful luxury, and a nice finishing touch," she said.
"The Clipping Post"875 Lafayette Road,
Hampton, across from
Cactus City Boot & Saddlery.
Cuts for men and boys are $13.
and $10. for Seniors.
Tuesday, Thursday &
Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.