CLOSE SHAVE — JP Nabozny gives Gary Rawling a trim last Tuesday at The Barbershop.
SPRINGVILLE — At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, The Barbershop at 56 East Main St. in Springville opened for business, for the first time. An hour later, owner James Paul “JP” Nabozny had already finished two haircuts and was preparing for a third.
“It's good to be back and doing it right. This time, I'm in it 100 percent,” said Nabozny, referring to the closure of his former business, JP's Barber Shop, formerly located at 11 West Main St. in Springville. Sports memorabilia cover the walls of the new shop, much like the old place.
“There’s less stuff on the walls, but it feels the same,” said Gary Rawlings, 25, Nabozny’s second customer of opening day. Rawlings says he feels at ease here, which is why he followed Nabozny to the new location.
“I want this to be a place for guys to go – a place for guys to feel comfortable,” said Nabozny. The classic baseball bobbleheads, autographed photos and stack of signed hockey pucks are all part of what Nabozny called “a real old-school feel.” There is a lot of history within The Barbershop, and it’s more than just collectibles.
The shop's motto – Soli Dio Gloria – hints at some of that history. In English, the phrase means “glory to God alone,” words which the barber said resonate throughout his life.
A CUT ABOVE — JP Nabozny shows off his work – and customer Gary Rawlings shows off his new cut – at Nabozny’s new barbershop. Photos by Joshua Gordon.
The barber is not shy about his past. “I wanted to give glory to God. He’s given me a –,” Nabozny paused, “a 15th chance.” Three years ago, Nabozny was in what he called “a dark place,” dealing with a drug addiction that ultimately lasted 10 years. The Springville native, now 29 and residing in Boston, found comfort – and a way forward – in spirituality. “God used [addiction] to open my eyes,” he said.
Nabozny said he has made peace with his past. These days, he is eager to share that peace with others.
And so, when Keith Clark, pastor of Springville Crossing Church, asked Nabozny to lead Addiction Victorious, the church's 12-step program for recovering addicts, the barber said he was excited to take the reins. “A lot of people are hurting,” he said. “It can go a million different ways [for them].”
Addiction Victorious is set to hold meetings Sept. 20 at The Edge, a youth ministry run by Springville Crossing. The Edge is located at 11 West Main St.: the same space JP’s Barbershop used to occupy. “It’s strange how God works,” said Nabozny.
For now, the barber is eager to get behind the chair again, cutting hair and chatting with customers. “Give me one shot at cutting your hair, and I promise you, you won't be disappointed.”
After a full day of business and a baker’s dozen of customers, Nabozny said he and The Barbershop were off to a strong start.
Walk-ins and appointments are both accepted at The Barbershop, located at 56 East Main St., from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information about Addiction Victorious, contact Pastor Keith Clark by phone at 560-4704 or by email at email@example.com