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New barbershop ‘cuts’ into town

Johnny’s Barbershop opens in Nicholasville

By Glenn McGlothlin
glenn.mcglothlin@gmail.com
Johnny Evans the namesake of Johnny’s Barbershop ,opened his doors on Sept. 2 after a 30-year career in hospitality.
Located at 713 N. Main St. #2 in Nicholasville, Evans said he opened the location after needing a change from his former career. Evans offers traditional haircuts for $15, bald or even cuts for $12, straight razor shaving for $10 and beard trimming for $8. However, every Tuesday Evans offers $10 haircuts.
“I take my slowest day and try to speed it up,” Evans said.
Evans also offers discounts for teachers, kids, police and members of the military.
The shop accepts walk-ins and reservations through Facebook or phone and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed Sunday and Monday
“I’ve always been interested in barbering,” Evans said. “I would dabble into it with friends and family, but I never had my state certificate until just recently. I just jumped all the way in and opened up my own place.”
Evans is from Lexington and earned his barbering certificate from Bailey’s Barbering College in Lexington. Since he is not from Jessamine County, Evans said it is more challenging to get the word out.
“I take my time because I know that everybody that walks out the door is going to say something,” Evans said. “I want them to just say good things. They leave much happier than when they came in because I take the time. Everybody that comes in has been really pleased.”
Evans said the location couldn’t be better because of the landlords and high traffic in front.
“If I could be anywhere, this is where I would be,” Evans said. “I don’t think anything could beat it.”
Evans’ fiancé, Jen Brown, said business has picked up as more individuals are spreading the word.
“Two Saturdays ago, somebody came in and said their 11-year-old grandson recommended Evans,” Brown said.
From children to the elderly, Evans said almost everybody needs some sort of grooming.
“It’s a service that Nicholasville really needs,” Evans said. “It’s all about just talking to people and providing a service. I’ve got the gift of gab. Some people just sit down and are an open book, and other people sit down and don’t want to say much.”
When Evans tries to start a conversation, he said he often begins by asking his clients where they are from or asking them to remove their glasses so he can cut their hair.
Soon after opening, Evans had some customers who didn’t speak any English except for one word.
“He didn’t speak a word of English except ‘nice’,” Evans said. “I turned him around after his haircut and he said, ‘nice’.”
Evans’ busiest day is Saturday when he cuts 12 to 13 heads of hair. However, Evans said he hopes to have that many on Tuesday, his lightest day.