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Know Your Sumter: Downtown

Downtown Sumter barber shop, home of The Drifters, maintains nostalgic look, feel

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 1/10/20

With classic black-and-white tiled floors and one long mirror stretched across each wall, Sumter's Main Attractions Barber Salon, 101 N. Main St., strays from the modern-day aesthetics and holds on to tradition.

"We try not to be so modern," said …

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Know Your Sumter: Downtown

Downtown Sumter barber shop, home of The Drifters, maintains nostalgic look, feel

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With classic black-and-white tiled floors and one long mirror stretched across each wall, Sumter's Main Attractions Barber Salon, 101 N. Main St., strays from the modern-day aesthetics and holds on to tradition.

"We try not to be so modern," said Terry Pinkney, barber manager. "We want to keep the old nostalgic look with the barber shops. Some things you need to keep simple, and I think the barber shop is one of those simple things."

Pinkney especially keeps the barber shop simple in memory of his father, Willie "Bill" Pinkney, original member of The Drifters and barber shop owner.

Images of Bill Pinkney, The Drifters and other musicians cover the bare spaces of the barber shop, sharing a bit of the Pinkneys' family history with every cut.

Open since November 2004, young barbers have come and gone, while others have stayed for years as independent stylists.

"The guys are independent master barbers," Pinkney said. "That's one of the different things that makes this barber shop just a little different than shops in the city."

Barber Quinton McLeod has been with Main Attractions for about a year now. He said he learned how to cut his own hair at age 15, and he decided to make a career out of it.

McLeod said working with Main Attractions has enhanced his skills in the industry, and he loves the fun work style he gets at the barber shop, especially with his clients.

"My boss is cool, and the clients and customers bring life to your life," McLeod said.

McLeod especially appreciates the "barber shop talk" he gets to share with his co-workers and clients.

Barber Michael Lewis has been with Main Attractions for about 11 years, and he agreed with McLeod that the atmosphere and playfulness of the barber shop offers a bit of freedom in the workplace.

"It's more homey than you'll see at Sport Clips or somewhere," Lewis said. "It's more down home."

Not being a barber himself, Pinkney said the barbers at Main Attractions can do almost any hair type or style that comes their way.

Main Attractions offers female-style fade, men's haircuts and fades, Caesar cuts, tape and shave, student discounts, military discounts and more.

For more information, call (803) 773-7700 or visit www.bestprosintown.com/sc/sumter/main-attraction-barber-/.