More than a barbershop

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By Doug Ponder

A Hodgenville barbershop is more than just a place to get a haircut and a shave, it’s also one of the local sports information hubs in LaRue County.

TIno’s barbershop is located at 29 Lincoln Square in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. However, the barber shop closes at 4 p.m. on Fridays during high school football season.

Owner Tino Cobb is an assistant coach for the LaRue County High School football team. He is also a 1990 graduate of LaRue County High School where he played football for the LaRue County Hawks. As a result, Cobb said sports is a common topic of discussion in his barber shop.

“People who come in the shop always talk about sports. The TV in the shop stays on ESPN all the time,” Cobb said. “We talk about politics and stuff like that as well, but mostly sports.”

Cobb said he has been cutting hair ever since he could remember. After getting his barbers license, worked at a barber shop in Radcliff before opening his own shop in February 2013.

“I’ve been cutting hair my whole life and cut hair for free for years. I worked in a factory and decided to get my license in 1998 because I wanted to get out of the factory,” Cobb said. “Running a barber shop is not work to me and I cut hair for years for free. If you got paid for something you did for free for a long time, then you’re doing alright.”

Cobb said he is a Louisville Cardinals fan and that he sometimes receives friendly taunting from some of his customers who are fans of other teams, especially the Kentucky Wildcats.

“Last winter I had the TV on Louisville game and it was during the time Kentucky was still undefeated. Someone was walking outside and they opened the door and yelled 21-0 and ran off,” Cobb said. “We’re always having fun with each other and I enjoy it.

Cobb went on to say that he plans on running the barber shop and cutting hair as long as he can.

“I enjoy it and I will keep going as long as I am able to go,” Cobb said. “I’m looking for a second barber so I can keep the shop open later during football season and my time off. But things are going great and I couldn’t be happier.”