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The Fellas Chop Shop offers free haircuts for Veterans

Nov 01, 2019 01:43PM

A haircut and a shave. Those two things can make all the difference in how a man feels about himself, if just for a moment.

That’s why Mersadies Reber, owner at The Fellas Chop Shop in Spanish Fork has decided to offer free haircuts to active and retired military veterans this coming Veteran’s Day.

With several veterans in her immediate family alone, Reber knows firsthand the sacrifice of servicemen and women.

“I grew up in a military home,” Reber said. “My grandpa, dad, older sister, and twin sister all served in the military. I love Veteran’s Day, and am passionate about giving back to those who have served. As a business owner, I feel like it is my duty to find a way to give back to these wonderful people who have dedicated much of their life to protect our freedoms. The least I can do is set a day aside to give back to them.”

While Reber is the owner, there are five other barbers who work at the shop as well.

All, she said, are on board to forego commissions they would have received that day to offer haircuts free of charge to veterans.

“When I asked my barbers if they would donate a day of work for veterans, all of them said they would do it,” she said. “This is their job, and it is a sacrifice for them to do this. I’m really proud of my staff for recognizing how important it is to give back to those who have served our country.”

Now, this isn’t the first time the Fellas Chop Shop has offered this service. Last year, the shop offered cuts for free to veterans, and wanted to keep the tradition going this year, but Reber and her staff are hoping for an even bigger turnout.

“Last year, we had a good turnout, but it wasn’t as steady as we would have liked,” Reber said.

“I think that many veterans don’t want handouts, and I don’t want them to look at it like that. We want to serve them. We want to be able to do this for them as our way of thanking them for their service. So, if you are a veteran, please come in.”

While the shop is a barber shop, specializing in men cuts and styles, Reber recognizes that there are women veterans. She said that some of the barbers have been trained in woman cuts, and they would certainly not turn a servicewoman away, although she cautions potential female customers on the quality of the cut and style.

Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11, and the shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shop is located at 740 North, Main Street in Spanish Fork. Walk-ins are accepted. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)