Characters of Carmel: Meet Theodore Barber



Commentary by Shelly Gattlieb

If you are one of the more than 1,200 customers of Classic Cleaners on W. Main Street, there’s a good chance that you and store manager Theo are on a first-name basis.

Theodore Barber is the 11th of 12 children and the youngest boy. His mother is 92 and remains his biggest hero because she became a single mother by choice to protect her family and prioritize safety. Theo said that his greatest success in life is his daughter and two sons and that his best quality is his capacity to help others with a servant’s heart.

Hometown: St. Louis

Former jobs: Educating high school students about safe sex and teen pregnancy and cooking at a home for teenage boys

Favorite sports team: Kansas City Chiefs

Favorite athlete: Derrick Thomas

Hobbies: Cooking, karaoke, live music

Favorite food: Italian

If he could meet anyone: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Favorite board game: Othello

Favorite movies: Marvel series

Favorite part of job: Working for a great company and providing great service

Greatest enjoyment: Being a grandfather

Best part of living in Carmel: Arts District, unique restaurants and the Palladium

Best trip: New Orleans for 50th birthday, especially the music, food and alligator tour

Do you know an interesting character who lives, works or worships in Carmel? Send suggestions to


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