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Chatting with the three barbers of Jordan’s New Style

December 30, 2010

Photo by Brett Warnke Ryan Brennan gets a trim by Adam Lavelle at Jordan's New Style on Main Street in Wakefield.

WAKEFIELD—Three barbers at Jordan’s New Style snip, clip, and chat on Wakefield’s Main Street.

The previous barbershop relocated after a flood destroyed what had been a cozy basement spot filled with pool tables and the usual haircut mischief. The shop’s owners decided not to sign a new lease and instead moved to a new spot on Columbia Street.

They left but the barber pole stayed.

Adam Lavelle, 19, grew up in the Chariho region and learned to cut hair with his friends. He’ll buzz skulls, trim chin spinach, and give you a “freshy.” But don’t be frightened, parents; that is just Adam’s slang for trimming your neck hair. By his senior year of high school he knew it is what he wanted to do with life.

He is a bit more advanced in his trade than a few years ago. Recently, he cut a design of Michael Jordan hurling through the air on the back of someone’s head. But you can see how such experiments are successful. I walked in while Lavelle was concentrating on a cut and he seemed so focused and concerned, I feared peppering him with too many questions while he worked.

He recently moved in with his grandmother after her husband died. Just a few weeks ago he was living on his own in a North Kingstown apartment, watching his spendthrift chums spend money as if they had it.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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