SOUTHINGTON — After a decade of sharing stories and cutting hair, an area barber has decided to open his own shop.
“The town has been very good to me,” said Trey Maestri, of Waterbury.
Maestri opened Trey’s Barber Shop with his sister, Sherry Bronson, on Jan. 1 He said customers have followed him to his new home at 92 Center St.
“I’ve watched kids graduate high school, go to college and get married,” he said. “It’s fulfilling.”
Town resident Josh Pinto has been going to Maestri for 10 years.
“He’s the only person who knows how to not mess it up,” he said.
Maestri said he tries to create a relaxed environment in his shop. Profanity is discouraged to help welcome children and those with special needs. The key with young children, he said, is to balance care and working quickly.
“You’ve got a 10-minute window before they want to get out of the chair,” he said.
Charles Barzee, a customer for years, said that it only took one haircut for Maestri to memorize his style.
“I can walk out of this chair without looking in the mirror,” Barzee said as Maestri snipped.
Dollar bills from Maestri’s first day in business, with notes from customers, are taped to the mirror in front of Barzee’s chair.
“I’m grateful that the people have taken to me like I’ve taken to them,” Maestri said.