If you didn’t know it was there, you might drive right by The Clip Joint, a Barber Shop and Beauty Salon and fixture of Merchantville NJ for more than 40 years. But then again, if you didn’t know it’s there, you must be new in town. That’s OK, though. Come on in and get your haircut. Spend a little time in this quaint little establishment and you’ll get to know a large swath of the community.
If you’re waiting for your turn in the chair, don’t be surprised to see folks pop their heads in just to say hi to Al, the owner, or one of the girls: Jackie, Alexis, Chris or Laurie. Everyone is friendly and it seems like the whole town loves The Clip Joint Crew.
Al is proud of The Clip Joint’s diversity. “We can do any kind of haircut,” he tells me, “Guys and Girls, Moms and Dads, Grandmoms and Grandpops….We even do hip-hop! We’re a Beauty Salon and a Barber Shop. We do it all.” But I can tell that Al really loves cutting kids hair. “We even have first time haircut certificates for the kids!” He proudly proclaims, holding up a memento that will no doubt soon be filled out and hanging on some proud parent or grandparents wall. After 42 years, I wonder how many first time haircut certificates he’s filled out for proud parents? “Probably more than I can count.” He responds with an infectious smile.
After more than 40 years people have moved in and out of Merchantville NJ. Kids have grown up, some staying in town, others moving to the outlying communities of Maple Shade, Cinnaminson, Pennsauken and Cherry Hill, but many of them keep coming back to The Clip Joint to get their haircut. In the hour I spent there, I met two repeat customers that have been getting their haircut at The Clip Joint for more than 25 years. That’s a testimony to the people and professionalism of The Clip Joint.
So whether you’ve never heard of The Clip Joint, or you’ve been there before, Al asked me to give you a message: “Come on in and get your haircut!”
The Clip Joint
107 S. Centre St.
Merchantville, NJ 08109