Classic Cuts, a barber shop, opened up shop near Camden this week.

The walls of the Classic Cuts barber shop are lined with jerseys, posters and stickers for various sports teams, the red leather upholstered chairs have a bachelor feel and Mary Gutierrez, the shop's manager, promises that the TVs in the shop will be tuned to sports on a daily basis.

"The barbers picked the sports theme," Gutierrez said. "I think it looks good, it looks like a man cave."

Mary worked as a Bayhealth nurse for 13 years, until she developed vertigo and had to leave her job. She and her husband, Jose, ended up in the barber shop business when Mary needed something to do and her son told her that he knew a few barbers who were willing to come south in order to work.

One of those barbers was Rodney Bell, who has been in the business for 20 years and is the shop's master barber. When Bell came on board, he brought Steve Coppock along for the ride.

"Rodney was telling me that he wanted to start another shop and I said I'd come cut hair," Coppock said.

Mary and Jose have spent the last month and a half giving their 1,200 square-foot former tattoo shop a makeover.

"We came in and stripped the floors, put down new flooring, spackled, painted and ordered the chairs," Mary said. "With the black ceiling and the white walls the red chairs really make the shop pop."

The name Classic Cuts was chosen because one of the shop's barbers, Steve Coppock used to have a shop under the same name right up the street.

The barber shop offers shampooing, haircuts, beard trims and hot lather shaves. The shop's three barbers are offering $5 haircuts all week in honor of the opening, and according to Mary, things are going well so far.

"People seem to like it so far. People have said they like the atmosphere," she said. "We've had several walk-ins. We're hoping that once the seniors find out that they don't have to go all the way into Dover for a haircut that it will be good for them."

A regular hair cut at Classic Cuts costs $16 but firefighters, police and military personnel will get $2 off. Children and senior haircuts cost $12. The shop also has a special race car barber's chair just for kids.

At the moment the shop only serves men, but down the road they may add women to their clientele, Mary said.

"It would be nice if we could have a husband and wife come in and cut their hair at the same time," she said.

The shop officially opened on Tuesday but their grand opening will be held Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.


WHAT Classic Cuts

LOCATION 4019 South Dupont Highway, Dover

HOURS 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday

INFO Call (302) 480-4292