Dapper Dan’s Barber Shop opens on Chapman Street in Greenfield

  • Owner Daniel Rice cuts Ben Banash’s hair while barber Roberto Nieves, right, gets ready to cut Josh Culver’s hair at Dapper Dan’s Barber Shop at 30 Chapman St. in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Dapper Dan’s Barber Shop opened earlier this month at 30 Chapman St. in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Owner Daniel Rice, left, is separated with a Plexiglas barrier from barber Roberto Nieves, right, at Dapper Dan’s Barber Shop at 30 Chapman St. in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 2/25/2021 3:36:46 PM

GREENFIELD — Dapper Don’s on Miles Street is gone. But meet Dapper Dan’s on Chapman Street.

Daniel Rice opened his own barber shop on Feb. 6, a day after someone with the state’s Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering visited and issued a license to operate. Rice had been looking for a place for 2½ years and landed at 30 Chapman St. after his fiancée’s hairdresser mentioned the spot and its vacancy.

“I’ve worked on the place for two months,” he said, adding that he spruced it up and renovated the inside, giving it a vintage feel.

Rice, 37, has been a barber since around 2011 and has previously worked at Prondo’s Barber Shop and then at Dapper Don’s.

“I always told (the owner) ... I’d switch the ‘o’ for an ‘a,’” he said of opening his own shop.

Rice, who grew up in Greenfield and now lives in West Springfield with fiancée Nicole Barnes, never considered being a barber until a certain period of his life. As a younger man, Rice got in trouble with the law and was incarcerated for eight years. While in prison, he hit the books and earned a GED diploma and, later, his barber’s license following just over a year in barber school.

“I turned my life around and I’m now trying to give back to the community and do a positive thing,” Rice said. “Now, I opened my dream shop.”

Dapper Dan’s Barber Shop has two barber chairs, one of which Rice rents to friend Roberto Nieves. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

“I like it, to see the happy faces on people as they leave,” Rice said, adding that he plans to offer hot lather shaves once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Appointments can be made by visiting Dapper Dan’s Facebook and Instagram pages, going to booksy.com or calling 413-834-5861.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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