For country music lovers, there’s a bit of history located in Spencer.
The no-frills, tan sink located in Jewel’s Cutz was once the basin for cleansing the locks of a young Carrie Underwood. A superstar of country music after winning on “American Idol,” Underwood was once a young, budding performer in the rural town of Checotah, Okla. It is from this small town that the tan sink relocated to Middle Tennessee with Joy Larrinaga.
Joy (aka Jewel) relocated to Van Buren County with her boyfriend Lawrence Bouchat and brought with her a number of items from the shop that she owned and from the local area. When they arrived to Tennessee a search of where to open up shop was a priority. After researching a number of potential options, it was decided to purchase the lot at 240 College Street located near Spencer square.
With vision and determination Bouchat, a Marine veteran, displayed his skills in construction and design to build a patriotic home for those seeking an old-fashioned haircut.
Jewel, a certified master barber, brings over 19 years of experience of clipping to the neighborhood.
“I specialize in military-style haircuts,” she said as she recalls the many years she spent keeping soldiers in compliance with regulations at Tinker AFB. “I also do hot, straight-razor shaves. I still love what I do and I am proud to be a barber.”
As someone who has served her community as a volunteer firefighter, Jewel remains connected by supporting first-responders with a discounted rate of $8 per cut. This specialty rate is also available to current and veteran military personnel. The standard rate is $10 per cut.
This little shop of haircuts is easy to spot in Spencer. Red, white, and blue is on the metal roof and spiraling around the lighted barber pole at the entrance. The building is ADA compliant and allows for easy access for persons with who utilize mobility devices. Much of the structure is composed of recycled materials from area sources or purchased from local merchants.
Jewel is open for business Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and she looks forward to meeting her neighbors. Walk-ins are welcome, so stop by and get the true, old-school barber experience.