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27 years of hair cutting fun with the ‘Fantastic Four’

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By Vanessa Hurst

The Fantastic Four Rick Linder, Cindy Smith, LaDona and Phillip Childress have a good time everyday they work together. The group has been in business together for 27 years.

“We have fun here,” said Cindy.

Rick and Cindy started working together in the Silver Blade Barber Shop with Jim Howell. Cindy started cutting hair when she was 19 and Rick has been cutting hair since he was 17.

Howell was going to close the Silver Blade, so Cindy and Rick decided to set out on their own.

When they moved to their current location at 66 Shawnee Drive in 1988, Phillip the original owner of Choice Cut, and LaDona joined them.

“People feel comfortable here and enjoy the camaraderie we all share,” said LaDona. “One of the advantages we have of all working together is we can bounce ideas off of each other.”

They’ve had many customers come in for years and multi-generational families continue to go to Cut Above for their regular haircuts.

Rick went on to describe the sort of customer base they had almost sounding like a song by the late Johnny Cash, “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “We have clients from Nelson county, Hardin, Bullett, Jefferson, Hart, Taylor, Green, Spencer, Boyle, even one from Cincinnati.”

One of the youngest clients they had was a 3 month old with a lot of hair that needed trimming. The oldest client is 96 years old.

“One of the craziest haircuts I’ve ever done was a Mohawk that the client wanted dyed red,” recalled Cindy.

“We’ve done everything from rat-tails to mullets, flyback bangs. We’ve seen a lot of trends in our time here,” said Cindy, “Now the big thing is for ladies to bring in their Pinterest pages. They used to buy magazines and bring those in. Now we’re looking at iPhones, iPads and Kindles.”

Cindy is married to Jerry Smith; they are LaRue County residents; LaDona and Phillip also reside in LaRue County. Rick is married to Cindy Linder; they live near Glendale.

Cut Above not only offer haircuts. Cut Above also offer waxing and coloring. They are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Their phone number is 270-358-9889.