At Akemon’s, a Main Street Barber Shop, Joe Akemon has cut hair and made music for the last half-century. Joe takes a quick break from a jam session with friends to cut Dr. Robert W. Copelan's hair, just as he does every Friday. This afternoon, Clyde Newcomb (far left) and Charleston "Chilly" Cox have joined Joe to play, watched in the back by Jeannine Walker, Clyde's wife, and Randy Speakes, all of Paris.
Akemon's Main Street barber shop, across the street from the new Secretariat Park, boasts a three-story mural of Secretariat.
Three siblings have an evening guitar lesson with Joe: from left, Brayan (16), Marco (13), and Alyssa (8) Sanchez.
Joe gives Brayan instruction on fingering during a lesson.
Joe watches a video on guitar restoration while Caraline changes the bandage on his foot for a burn sustained two weeks earlier.
Cassette tapes and CDs lie stacked on a shelf at Akemon's.
Joe pauses momentarily to watch a guitar video while cutting Collin Reed's (14) hair.
Joe patiently assists Caydence Caskey, 17, who is frustrated by the difficulty of a new technique.
Joe and Caraline enjoy a quiet moment between customers.