Hair Salon Harkens Back to Traditional Barbershop

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Byline: Kim Mikus

In opening a hair salon in East Dundee, the owners attempted to keep the atmosphere of the barbershop that customers remember.

There also are slight changes at the new Little Off the Top Shoppe, a barbershop formerly owned by the late Roger Cole.

A red and white barber pole still hangs outside the window at 212 N. River St.

"Everybody likes the old barbershop feel," said co-owner Shiela Bennett-Rae.

Bennett-Rae, 29, and Cecilia Kugia, 28, are beauticians, barbers and nail beauticians.

In one of the slight changes, they added a small table in the corner of for manicures.

The women, who had worked at a West Dundee beauty salon, opened the little shop during the first week of October, said Kugia of Huntley.

The name of the shop comes from a phrase the owners hear over and over again.

When customers come in for a haircut, they say, "just take a little off the top," said Bennett-Rae of Carpentersville. "That's how we got the name, 'Little Off the Top Shoppe.' "

In addition to trims and cuts, the hair salon also offers perms, highlighting, color and children's cuts. For more, call (847) 836-9640.

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