The traditional red, white and blue barber pole is a new addition to 29 Franklin St., next to Dunkin' Donuts. This month Mike Preite and Dave Bilotta opened up Wrentham Barber Shop and brought their version of the old time profession to town. And that version includes a 50 inch TV, and a newly renovated space to allow their patrons room to watch a game and relax while they wait to get their hair cut. "We want them to be comfortable," Preite explains noting that people are impressed with the space. ""We're getting good, positive feedback."
Preite will be familiar to some folks in town. He lives in Wrentham and, for awhile, worked at Henry's Barber Shop. Bilotta is local too, living in Bellingham. The two were working together in Franklin and both had the desire to run their own shop. When they learned the space near Dunkin' Donuts was going to open up, they decided the time was right. "It is a prime spot," Preite says.
Bilotta started cutting hair back in the 1970s and the profession runs in the family. His father and uncles were all barbers. For Preite, he turned to barbering when he was looking to get married and start a family. He previously worked in security and loss prevention. "I decided I wanted something new and I didn't want the stress of catching shoplifters," he says.
Wrentham Barber Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday. Most days the shop is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Tuesdays it is open to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays the shop is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The place is closed Sundays and Mondays. The two master barbers do haircuts, including flat tops and fades. They also offer beard and neck trims. "We do them all," Bilotta says.