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Beaming About Being A Barber

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Jeff Hankins has his dream job. Jeff is a barber. He cuts hair, gives hot lather shaves, and shines shoes at a barbershop at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport.

Hankins started barbering in 2005. He worked in Blue Grass before moving to Davenport. During a recent visit, Jeff used hot towels and a straight razor to give a customer that old fashioned, barbershop experience.

Throughout the shop, he has items that you would  find in barbershops years ago. The Lucky Tiger Bottle.. A shaving brush. The strap to sharpen a razor. Jeff is also very particular about his attire, wearing a hat, vest, and tie. Hankins says a barber should be professional and ought to dress like one as well.

Hankins also shines shoes, something else he said was done at barbershops years ago.

He believes the barbershop is a place to settle down, relax, carry on some good conversation, and make some new friends. Hankins jokingly says that one old timer once said that barbering was ninety percent talking and ten percent talent. 

The barbershop, he says, was the Internet before there was an Internet. A place to get the local, daily gossip or settle the world's problems. He says you don't always have to believe what you hear in a barbershop, but it sure makes the day go by. 

Hankins works at Luce Man at the Hotel Blackhawk. Our culture needs barbershops, he believes. His dream is to being back the American Barbershop as it was in the 1920's anbd 30's.