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A little off the top please: a barber returns to the lower level of Main and Vine

Craig Stone will open Stoney's Barbershop in mid-March

Watch for a barber pole to return to 125 N. Main Street - lower level, if you please.

Richard Boehr, owner of the building, informed The Icon this week that by mid-March Craig Stone will open Stoney's Barbershop in the storefront of the former Jerry's Barbershop.

Stone, who is currently renovating the barber shop says he intends to be open for business on Wednesday, March 16. He is a 2006 Upper Scioto Valley High School graduate and in January 2010 graduated from the Ohio College of Barber Styling, Columbus.

His shop hours in Bluffton will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. He currently has another barbershop in Lafayette, open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bluffton's shop hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays and 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays.

The barbershop's phone number is 419-302-0552. Stone said he plans a grand opening later this spring. Boehr will introduce Stone to the Bluffton business community during the Friday, March 11, chamber breakfast.

The return of a barber to the corner of Main and Vine continues a tradition extending back to the 1800s. According to Boehr, the first barber at this location was "Curly" Basinger's great-grandfather. The shop was later headquarters for a Mr. Day, Bob Lewis, Dick Smith and later Jerry Marshall.