Shaving for the cause

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Pictou County will be looking a little cleaner cut and freshened up after September 3 as three local barbers work their magic to help out those fighting testicular cancer.

As the only shop between New Glasgow and Halifax that does shaves as well as cuts, Craig MacEachern and James Ackerman of Craig’s on Mane in downtown New Glasgow as well as Evan MacFarlane will all be teaming up with another local business, The Commune, to bring Shavefest to life.
“The Commune is kind of a cool bar so it is kind of cool to conjoin the two businesses,” said MacEachern.

The event will take place on September 3 from 12 to 7 p.m. with hot towel shaves, music and drinks. One of the fundraising aspects of the event will also be a basket worth approximately $450 with prizes from Ford, Nissan, BaKED Cafe and more.

“It’s all been really positive,” said Ackerman about what they have been hearing about the event so far.

There has even been someone from Toronto come in expressing an interest in the event. Although spots are booking up quickly, Ackerman said there are still some spots left for those wishing to participate and they will try to hold a bit of time the day of the event for a few walk in participants.

For those interested in booking ahead of time and guaranteeing a spot, call 902-752-0262.

“It doesn’t have to be a complete shave,” he said. “For guys with beards we can kind of shape them up.”

Proceeds from the event will be going to a local man fighting prostate cancer who MacEachern noted is rather private and preferred his name not be shared.

“It should be fun with people coming down, food and drinks,” Ackerman said.

James Ackerman and Craig MacEachern of Craig’s on Mane  are among those barbers who are ready and waiting to participate in Shavefest.   (Brimicombe photo)

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