Precision Cuts in Middlebury’s Owner Describes Shop as Family Oriented

Robin Manna (center), owner and stylist at Precision Cuts of Middlebury, 530 Middlebury Rd., Unit 102 B, opened her shop in late 2019, offering services to men. She has since added services and employees and now welcomes women and children. Those at a ribbon cutting, in addition to Ms. Manna, included (clockwise from left) Middlebury First Selectman Ed St. John, Anne Strobel Cyr, Jim O’Rourke, Christopher Morreira, Dana D’Angelo Morreira and Selectman Elaine Strobel.

MIDDLEBURY — Robin Manna, owner and stylist at Precision Cuts of Middlebury, 530 Middlebury Rd., Unit 102 B, describes her business as a family-oriented, unisex barber shop. “I opened this shop in late 2019, offering services to men but, since then, I’ve been adding services and employees. Now we welcome women and children.” Those services include cuts, styling, coloring and other processes.

Ms. Manna loves working with children. “I have all their favorite streaming channels so many of them look forward to coming here just for that.”

She relies on her staff to provide the latest trends and traditional styling. “I have one young man who does very well with color, highlights, balayage, blowouts and flat iron work. Then, I have another woman who used to own Hair Fashion in the Hamlet. She specializes in sets and teases. Some ladies like to have that done weekly, but don’t know where to go because not every salon offers that service.”

Ms. Manna’s own education and experience includes both hair dressing and barber skills.

“I’m the youngest of eight kids. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to college, even though I wanted to go. I studied hair dressing at Kaynor Technical High School and my graduation present was tuition for barber school. It’s amazing the direction your life can take. I fell in love with making people feel good. I think working with people is my thing.”

Like many of her family members, Ms. Manna has preferred to work for herself, owning a hair salon in downtown Waterbury for 34 years before moving her professional life to Middlebury. “Being my own boss has its ups and downs, but I love it.

She did achieve her dream of attending college, earning a degree in business finance. “I wanted to learn more as I managed and operated my business. I tried working just in that area alone, but I got bored. I need to be with people.”

She’s pleased with the growth of her current shop. “The barber shop where I began work in 1983 became what you see now at Precision Cuts of Middlebury, a unisex barber shop.”

Men can enjoy the luxury of hot towels and the precision of a straight razor to clean up the back of their necks, which, according to Ms. Manna, provides a cleaner, longer-lasting shave than can be achieved at home.

“Right now, I’m looking for a skilled barber to offer quality shaves with a straight razor. You need to know what you’re doing. That goes to why I named the shop using the word precision. I am always on time and all clients get a precision cut because I take the time to finish all the details.

“I don’t squeeze clients in between and cut corners and, because of that, I have a good reputation. It’s just how I do things.”

Of course, Precision Cuts of Middlebury closed in March 2020 along with all other such businesses and customers were eager to return a few months later, on June 1.

“This holiday season was better, but we had to be flexible as people canceled because they went into quarantine.”

Of the future, Ms. Manna said, “The location is good and customers say they like it here because the atmosphere is laid back. They think the place is small and homey. I’m happy with the move to this spot.”

Precision Cuts of Middlebury is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

The shop has begun to accept walk-ins again, following a moratorium due to the pandemic, but clients are asked to set up appointments by calling 203-233-0287.

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