Outside the new Littlestown Family Barbershop, the old fashioned twirling peppermint stick pole is a reminder of barbershops in days gone by, when male quartets with handlebar mustaches and wearing straw hats offered harmonious sounds accompanied by the rhythm of a straight razor being sharpenend on a strop.
But there is a slight difference here -- the barber can't grow a mustache and would probably sing with a higher-pitched voice.
That's because the barber, and owner, is female. Barber Jamie Andrew opened the shop at 28 South Queen St. on July 28, but she's not new to the clipping business.
"I've been cutting hair for 30 years," Jamie says, "and I've had my own shop in Emmitsburg for 18 years now, where I have five stylists."
So why open another shop in Littlestown?
"People from the Littlestown area who were coming to my shop in Emmitsburg kept telling me I should open a shop closer to them," she explains. "So when I saw this storefront was available, I took the opportunity."
Jamie grew up in Frederick, and earned her cosmotology license after attending Award Beauty School in Hagerstown and the Westminister Beauty School.
"Then I worked for over three years for Frank Wasler in his shop in Frederick," she says, "and that's where I learned to do men's haircuts and shaves."
She liked cuttings men's hair so much that she opened her own shop in Emmitsburg. Jamie hasn't left her cosmotolgy skills behind; women can still go to her shop for the styles they want.
However, the Littlestown shop specializes in men's cuts. She will do women's cuts, but not hair dyes.
"For the men, I can also give a hot lather shave with a straight razor," she says, "as well as around the ears and the back of the neck."
The Littlestown shop was remodeled by Jamie's friend Gene Andrew (no current relation, but they are planning a wedding). Barnwood doors and trim, and a rooster silouette on the wall that doubles as a price list, give the shop a country feeling.
"This is just an old fashioned country barbershop," Jamie says. "I like cutting men's hair partly for the talk. They always have some good stories, especially the Vietnam veterans from the area."
Littlestown Family Barbershop is open for walk-ins only Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m to noon. Men's cuts are $13, seniors $10; women's cuts are $15, $12 for seniors, and $10 for children 10 years old and under. On Thursdays and Saturdays, Tracey Miller-Stull, a stylist from Jamie's Emmitsburg shop, works at the Littlestown shop.
Jamie will hold an Open House for the community at the Littlestown Family Barbershop on Saturday, Aug. 22, offering $8 haircuts, food and giveaways.