Antique chair inspires family-friendly barbershop


March 26, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S HARD to stroll through Taylor's Antique Mall in downtown Ellicott City without finding something fascinating.

For Angie Cornelison of Columbia, that "something fascinating" was an antique barber's chair, dating to the early 1900s. She loved it but hesitated because of the $900 price tag.

Within a week, Cornelison decided she had to have the chair. She returned to Taylor's, only to find a "sold" sign on the item. Over the next seven months, every time Cornelison returned to Taylor's, she was taunted by the chair, still sitting there, still with the "sold" sign on it.

Finally, Cornelison's friend Teal Beatty 'fessed up. She had purchased the chair and was giving it to Cornelison. She had planned to do so all along. Beatty knew the chair would be just the spark Cornelison needed to pursue her longtime dream of opening a barbershop.

The chair is the first thing to greet visitors entering Cornelison's Elkridge barbershop, called "AC The Main St. Barber Shop." Cornelison, who grew up in Owings Mills, said she chose Elkridge for her business because she likes the friendliness of the community.

Cornelison has worked hard to turn a former strip-mall dry-cleaning shop into a place with old-fashioned charm. The antique chair is in a museum-style case, beside old-fashioned brushes, prints and other barber-related materials Cornelison purchased at Taylor's and other Ellicott City antique stores.

She has created a mini Main Street inside, with rooms set up to resemble individual storefronts. The shop has been open since January, but it's clearly a work in progress. Cornelison is painting the walls to create the look of brick and other materials.

The barbershop has a red and white awning and a red, white and blue barber pole. It has a separate beauty salon for women, and a room for massage therapy. Cornelison plans to add acupuncture soon. A children's area has toys, videos and a wall high enough to contain kids but low enough to let parents see in.

The kids' area is important to Cornelison, who designed the shop and did most of the construction herself.

"I just want it to be a family atmosphere," Cornelison said. "I'm kind of an old-fashioned person. I designed it to be a home away from home."

She said mothers are starting to flock to the shop because it's friendly to young children.

"It's about bringing back family time," Cornelison said.

Saving the Titanic

A program at the Miller library branch asks the question: "Could you have changed history?"

Participants age 11 and older are invited to examine the facts around the sinking of the Titanic. Would changing some of those factors have made a difference?

The program will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. April 18 and 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. April 19. Registration is required and begins two weeks before the program date. Register in person at the information desk, or by calling 410-313- 1950.

Joseph and his Dreamcoat

The curtain has gone up on the Mount Hebron High School production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," but there's still time to see shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The production features 77 high school students, plus a children's chorus of 54 elementary and middle school children from nearby schools. The play is directed by math teacher Tom Sankey.

Playing lead roles are Jonny Norman, Jessica Hering, Jessica Ball, Kristen Zwobot, Sarah Pfeifer, Ibrahim Oweis, Julie Dauber, Mike Grew, Max Markotic, Taylor Forry, Jeff Wunk, Mike Estep, Adam Forgione, Greg Murach, Kevin Norman, Louis Joe, Brain Kurtzman, Matt Sanders, Jamie Fritz and Chris Schwartz.

Teachers and other adults helping with the production include Barbara Bogart, Bob Johnston, Pam Goss, Chris Hettenbach, Amanda Tschirgi and Pete Johnson.

Tickets are $7 and may be purchased in the school's cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days, or reserved by calling 410-313-2880.

Breakfast, baskets

Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is holding an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday. Eggs, pancakes, sausages, creamed chipped beef, home fries, gravy and beverages will be served.

The cost is $4 for adults, $3.50 for those age 55 and older, $2 for kids ages 5 to 12, and free for kids to age 5. Information: 410-313-4901.

Basket Bingo will be held April 7. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and games will start at 7:30 p.m. The cost will be $13 in advance or $15 at the door, if tickets are still available. Twenty games will be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.

Both events will be held at the fire station, with proceeds benefiting the department. Tickets: 410- 379-0315 or 410-796-1624.

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