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Debbie and John

Local couple opens Gameday Clips

By Michael Butler

Tallassee has a new business. It's not necessarily a salon or hair cutting place. Owner Debbie Grey Stonaker describes it more as a "modern barber shop."

Debbie has been cutting hair for more than nine years. In recent years, she has worked at Sport Clips in Montgomery. A similar concept is now available on Gilmer Avenue with Gameday Clips which opened on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

"This is a whole new chapter for me," she said.

It's a connection that Debbie made with a customer that is the reason for Gameday Clips locating in Tallassee.

"I met John at Sport Clips," she said. John Stonaker would become her husband. The two are celebrating their first wedding anniversary this month.

"I'd walk in and see five people I know," John said of the East Montgomery business.

"We saw so many people from Tallassee," Debbie added.

John and Debbie have worked together to rehaul the former nail salon in the building owned by the Griggs family that also houses the 1220 Café.

John lounging in the "Man Cave"

Although John is taking an active part in the business, he assures that he won't be handling scissors and razors. "John's not going to cut your hair."

There will be three stylists on staff to start at Gameday Clips, which is licensed by the Cosmetology Board.

"We specialize in guy's haircuts, but we'll cut anybody's hair," Debbie said.

The interior of the business has a sports theme with a front desk that might emulate a gameday set for ESPN. There will also be a waiting area with cozy couches that John calls the "man cave." "People can kick back and relax," he said. Shampoos will be separate from the cutting area.

Various specials are offered including the Heisman; a haricut, steam towel and scalp treatment. Deals for Seniors (62 and over) and Rookies (9 and under), as well as discounts for military, police, fire and first responders are also available.

Hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays - Fridays and 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

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