Jeff Arnoldy offers more than a skin fade or wet shave at “The Doghouse Barbershop.” The corner of Main and English has become a de facto community center where he helps clients look and feel their best, and also facilitates important conversations. "If I didn’t treat you like family, if I didn’t treat you like this was your house too, you wouldn't come back... if I get someone in the chair twice, I keep em'. I mean that's almost a done deal."
Jeff gives a comb fade to a customer. He shares his shop with wife Amanda, a hair stylist who operates The Pink Possum in an adjacent space.
Amanda styles the hair of Kelsey Elliott, who is holding 6-month-old Beckham as he laughs with his grandmother. The family atmosphere is part of what keeps customers happy.
Between clients, Jeff takes time to canoodle with Jolene, which is one of the brief moments you’ll find him with his guard down.
Jeff enlisted in the Army as a senior in high school, eventually serving two tours in Iraq (’06 and ’09) and one in Bosnia (’04) as part of a NATO peacekeeping mission. Symbols of his service and patriotism adorn the walls of the shop.
Jeff works through the details of the Veterans Resource Group’s upcoming trip to Eastern Kentucky to provide relief and assistance to victims of devastating flooding that destroyed bridges, swept away homes and displaced thousands earlier in the year.
Amanda and Jeff Arnoldy met while Jeff was stationed at Fort Knox for training. After they dated for a few months, Amanda’s mother asked Jeff when they were going to get married … as they say, the rest is history.
Although Jolene is not an officially trained therapy dog, she provides affection and comfort for many of the clients at the shop, including several autistic children who almost always warm up when they see her.
Kelsey, soothes son Beckham while receiving a hair treatment.
Being on the bike forces me to not think about anything else. We call it wind therapy. That’s a common term for riding for that “not the adrenaline rush” but the relaxation and the open mindedness. You get on a bike, you can’t think about yesterday, or this morning, because you gotta think if that car is gonna pull out in front of you. You got to think about if that dog is gonna stay in the yard, you know? So you just keep building as you’re riding and 30 miles later you’re like, man, I feel like a million dollars.