What’s Good? Nino’s Barbershop – With Isaiah Showell

By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host

Nino Barca and Damon Knox shake hands. Photo credit: Isaiah Showell

GLASSBORO, N.J. — Nino’s Barbershop has been in business in Glassboro for twenty years in, and Damon Knox of Hair 2 There Salon felt the need to honor Nino for his service. Oscar Wilde once said that imitation is the highest form of flattery.  So, Knox is not imitating but flattering Nino’s Barbershop directly across the street.

Not a copy but an expression of flattery, Damon Knox led the charge to honor his neighboring barber. It’s What’s Good in South Jersey — with Isaiah Showell.

“We’ve been working across the street from each other for nineteen years, and I just wanted to acknowledge him for his time serving the community for as long as he has,” said Knox.

Nino is in his 90s and is still an active community servant and business owner in Glassboro. His shop runs by appointment only, and it’s a one man show. The only person who handles the customers at Nino’s Barbershop is Nino himself.

“To see someone doing it as long as he’s been doing it, and still have a passion for it, is inspiring within itself, it’s phenomenal,” Knox said.

Nino’s Barber Shop and Hair 2 There Hair Salon in Glassboro. Photo credit: Isaiah Showell.

Knox decided to up the ante and reach out to the mayor of Glassboro to write Nino a letter of acknowledgement for his service for over twenty years along with buying a trophy and deliver it to Nino’s door.

Nino accepted his trophy and letter from the mayor with a measure of humbleness and gave us and aspiring business owners an encouraging word,

“I enjoy what I do and that’s it,” Nino said. “You’ve got to do what’s in your heart if you feel like you can do it do it.”

Nino’s Barbershop is located at 10 Delsea Drive and Damon Knox’s Barbershop Hair 2 There is located across the street at 7 States Street. I encourage anyone looking for a haircut to check them out because they both have awesome businesses, and they both are definitely What’s Good in South Jersey this week!   

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