For Darrell Blocker, being a barber is more than a profession. It’s a ministry.
He has owned Blocker’s Barbershop on East Buena Vista Avenue since 1992 and has been a barber for 32 years.
“Being a barbershop owner was an opportunity to meet different people, make people look good and feel good,” said Blocker, who is also the pastor of Jordan Missionary Baptist Church in Williston, S.C. “Little did I know, it was a form of ministry. Anytime I get to serve and encourage someone, that’s ministering.”
The shop offers a variety of services, including haircuts, hot-lather shaves, eyebrow arches, texturizers and “good advice,” he said.
His goal is to ensure that customers are well taken care of and to provide a welcoming, Christian atmosphere where there is “clean talk”, family-friendly shows on TV and smiles, he said.
It’s a philosophy that has led him to cut the hair of three generations of some families.
“It’s amazing,” he said of being the barber of choice for those families.
His parents taught him many values he has adopted to the way he does business including having a strong work ethic and integrity.
“Do what you say you’re going to do when you say you’re going to do it,” he said.
Blocker’s wife, Cynthia, is also supportive, he added.
“My wife, who is also a business owner, is very understanding,” he said.
Between the two of them, they own three businesses: Blocker’s Barbershop; Hair Matters at 1101 Knox Ave.; and Blocker’s Beauty Salon in Ridge Spring.
When Blocker isn’t cutting hair, he’s still busy with other ventures or making an impact in the community. He is a Realtor through Meybohm Realtors, a certified barber instructor, on the Area 2 advisory council, the Building Codes Board of Adj. & Appeals for the city of North Augusta, the board for Miller-Motte Technical College, a Shriner and 32nd degree Mason.
“I think my purpose in life is to help somebody,” he said.