By Mark Ambrogi
When Carmel City Council member Jeff Worrell wants to gauge the community pulse, he knows one great spot to go.
“When I want to find out what folks are thinking, it’s time for a haircut,” said Worrell, who has been a frequent customer of Main Street Barber Shop through the years. “I love going in there because it helps me to hang on to the small-town feel. Carmel wouldn’t have an authentic Main Street without the Main Street Barber Shop.”
Owner Jason Peek’s Main Street Barber Shop, 41 W. Main St., will celebrate his 10th anniversary June 3.
Peek and Matt Stilger had been working together at the Carmel Barber Shop when they decided to start their own shop.
“We came across the street and wanted to do our thing,” said Peek, who worked at the previous barbershop for five-and-a-half years. “We opened this up and have been booming ever since. We had the place up and running in 11 days.”
They had to change the color scheme because it had been a women’s clothing store so the colors inside were hot pink.
Peek, 43, said the downtown Arts & Design District has grown up around his business.
“Back in the day, we would sit on the bench and you (would) barely see any cars go by,” said Peek, whose barbers include his 20-year-old daughter, Ktaya. “Everything has grown up around us, and we’ve grown up with the community.”
Carmel resident Terry Anker has also watched the growth.
“The local barbershop is an American institution of local news, a shared joke, and a clean cut,” said Anker, chairman of Anker Consulting Group. “Main Street is no exception. Whoever said that some men will cheat on a girlfriend but rarely their barber may have had this place in mind.”
Peek said he has had some customers for nearly 16 years.
“Once we get someone in here, we usually don’t lose them,” Peek said.