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WAKEFIELDâ€”Three barbers at Jordanâ€™s New Style snip, clip, and chat on Wakefieldâ€™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 shopâ€™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. Heâ€™ll buzz skulls, trim chin spinach, and give you a â€śfreshy.â€ť But donâ€™t be frightened, parents; that is just Adamâ€™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 someoneâ€™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.
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