Court House fixture trims his hours

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Change coming to Sam's Barber Shop

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Jim Smyth of Cape May Court House has been getting his hair cut at Sam's Barber Shop since the 1970s.

He’ll continue to go to 70-year-old Sam Repici when the barber merges his business with Headlines Professional Hair Care next month.

“Sam’s been a fixture – a nice fixture,” said Smyth, 83.

Repici has cut the hair of four generations of Smyth’s family. Smyth said he visits the barbershop every month.

Repici has been in the barbershop for 44 years and inherited the shop from his brother. He said he hopes customers will keep him as their barber.

He didn’t want to train someone else to take over the barbershop business, so when the chance came up to scale his hours back to two days a week, he jumped, he said. Feb. 8 will be his last day for his business, and he will begin with Headlines Feb. 12.

“It’s been a good reaction. People understand it,” he said.

Many of his customer’s wives go to Headlines, Repici said. Now the husbands and wives will get a trim at the same place.

In October, he received a phone call about Headlines Professional Hair Care renting the back of his building on Mechanic Street in Cape May Court House. He figured Headlines should rent the whole building instead. That hair care business is down the street, on the corner of Main and Mechanic streets in Court House.

“I couldn’t turn it down,” Repici said.

The building, where his business is, is being fixed up, he said.

One of his workers is retiring and another is going to a different haircutting business.

Repici said he enjoys people the best.

“Every haircut is a different experience,” he said.

Repici received his license in July 1969 after going to Tri-City Barber School in Philadelphia. He was a barbershop apprentice in 1968.

“It’s been a great career,” he said.

He added, “It’s been a good experience.”

Repici said he has employed workers out of hairdressing school, some of whom have went on to start their own businesses.

He doesn’t have a plan for how he will spend his extra time.

“I’ll just play that by ear,” Repici said.

He said he plans to tinker with his red 1996 Mazda Miata.

Repici is married to Kathy and they live in Petersburg in Upper Township.

Sam’s Barber Shop hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Fridays by appointment and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

Repici will cut hair Tuesdays and Wednesdays likely from 9 a.m. until the last appointment at Headlines Professional Hair Care starting in February.

Call Sam Barber Shop at 465-5233. The business is at 19 Mechanic St. in Cape May Court House.

– Alex Davis

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