SARATOGA SPRINGS – The owner of the recently opened Henry Street Barber Shop has committed to offering free haircuts one day each month to homeless individuals and military veterans.
The barbershop, located at 80 Henry Street, celebrated a grand opening on Aug. 4. Its regular hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
While officially closed on Sunday, shop owner Devin Wicks will offer free haircuts to the homeless and veterans between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., as a response to the popularity of an event held in July at Ice House on Putnam Street.
Nearly 50 people—a majority of them homeless—had turned out to the “Keeping ‘Toga Fresh” event organized at Ice House by Rasi Harper and other local barbers, obtaining not only complimentary haircuts but also food and water donated by area businesses.
A similar “Haircuts for the Homeless and Veterans” event is being organized at the barbershop for Sunday, Aug. 27, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Harper indicated that free haircuts, meals and t-shirts will be dispensed to individuals who attend.
The colorful computer graphic that Harper is distributing for the event quotes poet John Holmes, who said: “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
For more information, call Henry Street Barber Shop at 518-430-2050.