Barber in Springdale ends 47 years of cuts, conversation

Rex Bailey (right) trims the beard of Blake Chapman of Springdale on Thursday at Bailey's Barber & Style Shoppe in Springdale. Bailey, longtime City Council member and downtown businessman, is retiring and closed his barber shop as of Thursday. Visit nwaonline.com/photos for today's photo gallery.

(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)
Rex Bailey (right) trims the beard of Blake Chapman of Springdale on Thursday at Bailey's Barber & Style Shoppe in Springdale. Bailey, longtime City Council member and downtown businessman, is retiring and closed his barber shop as of Thursday. Visit nwaonline.com/photos for today's photo gallery. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)


SPRINGDALE -- The mood at Rex Bailey's barbershop in downtown Springdale was a bit subdued Thursday, the banter a bit less lighthearted than usual.

"Don't you make me cry!" Bailey said to one customer who ducked in briefly to take a photo of his longtime barber before his last haircut.

Bailey,

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