Haircut by flashlight: Canton barber shop doesn't let nor'easter halt business – The Patriot Ledger

CANTON — The power outages across the South Shore Wednesday didn’t stop one barber from finishing the job in Canton.
Frank Rotella of Frank & Vinny’s had just finished a haircut for one of two brothers at his barber shop when the lights went out early Wednesday morning, adding the shop to a list of nearly half a million people who were without power.
“It was kind of comical,” Rotella said as he recounted the story, saying that he told the brother who was waiting for his turn that he’d need to come by another day.
Not a minute later though, the lights flipped on and Rotella joked that the boys must have called their father, who works in the electrical business.
The barber soldiered on to start the second boy’s haircut, but just as he was finishing up, the lights went out again.
“I probably just had like five minutes to go,” Rotella said. 
Luckily, the boys and their father, who had come back by then, had a solution: the brother with a finished haircut and his dad held up the family’s three cellphones with  flashlights on, giving Rotella just enough light to finish the job.
“I’ve been cutting hair for 37 years,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve been cutting hair with a flashlight.”
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Rotella is the second-generation of his family to run the shop, he said, and the barber shop has been open for 68 years.
A photo of Rotella cutting the boy’s hair in the dark was posted to the Everything Canton, MA Facebook page. The image shows Rotella focused on trimming one side of the boy’s hair, while the only light in the room emanates from a phone flashlight.
“We’ve always known how dedicated Frank is,” the post reads, “but 6:30 a.m. haircuts by flashlight is next level!”
Outside the window in the photo is a rain-washed street and dark sky.
Since this morning, the lights have remained on at Frank & Vinny’s, Rotella said.
“People are coping,” he said of the storm and his visitors on Wednesday. “They’re getting by.”
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Reach Alex Weliever at aweliever@patriotledger.com.

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