Thursday, June 18, 2015
824 Massachusetts St. • (785) 843-8000
For Jay Amyx, co-owner of Downtown Barber Shop, the best part of being in the family business is the people he meets and the stories they tell when they take their spin in the barber chair.
“I get to be part of every occasion that is special in someone’s life, whether it be good or bad,” he says. “Weddings, births, birthdays, funerals. They come here, and we get to be part of that.”
Amyx has been cutting hair for 16 years, but he’s helped in the shop — sweeping floors and doing other odd jobs — since his father, Jon, opened it in 1987. In recent years, he’s become the barber shop’s expert when it comes to intricate shaved designs that have become popular, especially among athletes.
It’s a specialty that fell to him almost by accident. “Kids would come in and want their sporting number or their team’s design,” he says, and he took on the challenge.
Being in a college town helps when it comes to keeping abreast of new techniques and new styles, but standard men’s cuts, including military cuts, make up the bulk of the shop’s business.
Still, it’s people and relationships that keep customers of all ages coming back.
“The biggest thing that sets us apart is customer service,” Amyx says. “We have a great staff. There’s no doubt about that. I’d put our staff up against anybody.”
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