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Rocktown Choppers

Rocktown Choppers, located at 320 South Main Street, Suite 1B, in downtown Harrisonburg. Photo by Tom Simpson.

Rocktown Choppers, located at 320 South Main Street, Suite 1B, in downtown Harrisonburg. Photo by Tom Simpson.

Downtown Harrisonburg’s newest locally-owned barbershop, Rocktown Choppers, is gearing up for the Holiday season! This locally-owned barbershop opened their doors at 320 South Main Street in August and has been making a big impact in downtown ever since.

Co-owner Britney Dove has been in the barbering business for seven years and the hairstyling industry for 10 years. Brittany got into barbering as a young woman who decided to learn how to cut hair when she got fed up with her own messy doo!

Hailing from neighboring town Broadway, she has spent her whole life in the greater Harrisonburg area. After working in other barber shops and gaining experience, Brittany decided it was time to control her own destiny and start her own business.

Rocktown Choppers gives off a rustic look, but while the interior is old-fashioned and quaint, the haircuts are anything but.

One of the barbering stations at Rocktown Choppers. Photo by Tom Simpson.

One of the barbering stations at Rocktown Choppers. Photo by Tom Simpson.

Reasonably priced, Rocktown Choppers welcomes both male and female patrons. This was one of the main reasons that Brittany wanted to create the shop – to make both men and women feel at home in her shop. “Barbering is a dying art,” observes Brittany. “Nowadays, salons are more geared towards women and not too many men feel comfortable [going there].” She is proud that her old-fashioned barbershop represents rejuvenation of this fading art.

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Some of the services offered at Rocktown Choppers. Photo by Tom Simpson.

And Rocktown Choppers doesn’t end with great cuts! The business was recently awarded the “Best New Entry” for their Halloween decorations, created by none other than Brittany, in the HDR Halloween Window Decorating Contest.

Brittany Dove and Stephanie Cook Hull pose in front of their winning Halloween windows. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

Co-owners Brittany Dove and Stephanie Cook Hull pose in front of their winning Halloween windows. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

And without much of a surprise to many of her customers, she was back at it again creating festive winter- and holiday-themed windows for her shop, which received “Most Festive Display” in the HDR Holiday Window Decorating Contest.

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Photo by Shannon Essad.

So if you want a more personalized barbering experience at a reasonable cost, go check out Rocktown Choppers and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!

Tom Simpson is a writing intern at Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and a senior Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communications major at James Madison University.

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