Orange Barbershop Celebrates 30 Years

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

April 12, 2006

One business in the town of Orange created a lot of buzz Wednesday while turning heads. The Madison Road Barbershop is looking back on 30 years of cutting hair in their community.

"It's changed a little bit, but not a whole lot," said Cecil "Sonny" Breeden, Owner of the Madison Road Barbershop.

No matter how you define the changes in the town of Orange over the last 30 years, the Madison Road Barbershop made the cut to remain the same. Customers have remained faithful to it, which still has the same owner as it did on day one.

"I've tried to treat everybody the same way. That's the best I can do by doing the best job I can do," added Breeden.

Breeden, still recovering from a horse-riding accident years ago, does the best he can starting each day at 6:00 a.m. The Orange Downtown Alliance is doing the best it can by honoring Breeden's persistence and longevity to his business.

"One like this that's around so many years is so important because it shows viability, and it shows long-term commitment to a program that has history in our downtown area," said Jay Harrison of the Orange Downtown Alliance."

The goal of the alliance is to enhance Orange's economy and promote working relationships among business-owners. Breeden's barbershop remains one of 10 businesses that have stuck around for a long time. The impact is clear.

"We've been good friends, and good neighbors for a long, long time. He's good for Orange and we appreciate him," said Kevin Reynolds of Reynolds' Used Cars.

Just like everyone else over the last 30 years who have walked through the doors at the Madison Road Barbershop, Tommy Arnold says he will come again.

"I have to have another haircut, so why not come back? That's why I am going to do," says Tommy Arnold.

Continuing many years of service for the barbershop.

The Madison Road Barbershop has been in the same location ever since opening 30 years ago.

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