How one Springfield barber kept cutting hair and shaving despite a power outage today

Alex Robinson, owner of Robinson Corner Cutz, uses a camping headlamp to cut Wesley Patterson hair Friday when the power went out during a thunderstorm. Patterson said he has appointments scheduled all day so when the power went out he went home and got the headlamps and a generator to power his clippers. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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Alex Robinson, owner of Robinson Corner Cutz, uses a camping headlamp to cut Wesley Patterson hair Friday when the power went out during a thunderstorm. Patterson said he has appointments scheduled all day so when the power went out he went home and got the headlamps and a generator to power his clippers. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Despite a power outage across Clark County this afternoon, a Springfield barber found a creative way to continue taking customers.

Alex Robinson, barber and owner of Robinson Corner Cutzat 1835 S. Yellow Springs St., found that he could work using only a headlamp, a gas-powered generator and multi-tap extension cords.

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Robinson said that he was cutting a customer’s hair when he heard thunder outside, which made him wonder if the lights would go out.

“As soon as that thought came to me, the lights cut off,” he said.

Robinson happened to have two headlamps on hand because he had just gone camping last week. The LED lights on the headlamp provide good lighting, Robinson said.

“Also, it’s a good thing that some of the tools I have are battery operated,” he said.

Robinson brought the generator and extension cords from his house. The cords were “able to distribute power and give our tools the necessary power to be able to do the job,” he said.

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“I have appointments every half hour, so I had to get something done,” Robinson said. “It worked out perfectly.”

Only one appointment had to be pushed back because of the power outage, Robinson said.

Customer Wesley Patterson said that today was his first time getting a haircut using a headlamp.

“I might have him use it every time,” he said.