By KATELYN KELLEHER
ROCKY HILL - There are plenty of hair salons in the area, but those looking for a barbershop used to have to travel to New Britain or Hartford--until Vinny’s Barbershop came to Rocky Hill.
Owner Vinny Carone grew up in Rocky Hill, so when it came time to open his own shop, after years of doing haircuts for friends and family and attaining his license at Marinello School of Beauty in Meriden, he knew Rocky Hill was the place.
“There’s never been a real barbershop in town,” Carone said. “There’s not really anything else out here. I grew up in Rocky Hill and you always had to go to Hartford or somewhere else to get a haircut.”
That hasn’t been the case since Vinny’s opened up in August--and it has a true barbershop feel.
“Many men and kids go to salons for their haircuts in this town. I’ve never really understood it--girls don’t go to barbershops to get their hair cut, why would a guy go to a salon for his?,” he said. “It’s just a different atmosphere and a different experience that only a barbershop can naturally offer.”
Carone specializes in fades, tapers, scissor cuts and classic and modern styles. And, of course, hot lather shaves.
Starting out with family and friends as clients, Carone has started to see a growing clientele that includes men on their lunch breaks and after work, retirees in the morning and students from the high school walking over after school.
“I wanted to open the typical barbershop--people hanging out, wasting their lunch breaks talking, or even to stop in for coffee and a laugh, all while getting a quality haircut,” Carone said.
Vinny’s Barbershop, 2224 Silas Deane Hwy., Rocky Hill, accepts both walk-ins and appointments. The shop is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Call 860-778-7231 for an appointment.