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Stylish salons may have a unique draw but barber shops are still important on main street.
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If a viewer in the Peoria-Bloomington TV market, you already know Jim Mattson as the showcase sports guy at WEEK, the guy who ends each sportscast with a video clip entitled “Jim Dandy.”

The roots of the Bloomington-Normal’s independent barber scene are still showing 80 years after Robert Gaston became one of the first Black barbers in town, opening Gaston’s Barbershop in Normal in 1960.
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