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Clippers, conversation make barber's dream come true

September 21, 1998|By TERRY TALBERT

WILLIAMSPORT - A small barber pole rotates outside the new Williamsport Barber Shop at 36 N. Conococheague St. Inside, Janice Enciu plies her trade.

Haircuts are $5. Conversation is free.

Enciu, 32, decided to come to Williamsport after she learned the town barber was retiring. "I hear he could cut a flattop freehand," she said, obviously impressed.

Enciu, who opened her shop on Aug. 1, said the decision to come to Williamsport was a good one.

"I had people coming in here while we were working on the place, asking for haircuts," she said. "Business has been better than I expected. The people in town have really welcomed me. They've been so friendly. And my landlord is awesome."

During an interview recently at her shop, Enciu talked about her work over the drone of clippers. She had a full house.

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Inside an hour, she gave three men haircuts. A fourth waited, along with a woman and her children, who watched videotapes on the store's TV.

Owning her own shop has long been Enciu's dream, and she appeared to be enjoying the experience. She bantered with customers as she used clippers, scissors and straight razors on their hair.

"I can sit and talk to anybody," she said. "I love people."

The relaxed atmosphere in her shop was evident when the customers started bantering with each other. A man waiting his turn watched a guy getting a flattop.

"I was gonna get one of those, but they said they couldn't cut flattops on points," he said.

Enciu grew up on a farm in Chambersburg, Pa. She got into the hair business early on, because of her brothers. "They used to make me cut their hair," she said. "I remember giving them haircuts at the picnic table."

Enciu liked the work enough to make it a profession. She went to the Barber Styling Institute in Camp Hill, Pa., and graduated in 1985.

"I was barely 19 years old," she said. "I give a lot of credit to my sister. She saw I was kind of going on the party side, and decided I needed to get in school quickly. When I was going to school, I stayed with her in Carlisle (Pa.)."

After her graduation, Enciu worked in barbershops in Hagerstown and Boonsboro before taking a couple of years off to help husband Nicanor "Nick" Enciu raise her stepchildren. Then she decided to open her own place.

"This time I'm going to have to stay in it awhile to get my bills paid," she said.

Williamsport Barber Shop hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enciu will also cut hair after regular business hours, by appointment. The shop opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday and stays open until about 3 p.m.

For an appointment, call Enciu at 301-223-7665.

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