Conway business owner Eddie Hubach is closing "His Place Barber Shop" on March 31 after 20 years.
Hubach said he named the shop "His Place" after it came to him driving, and having a conversation with someone who was helping set up the shop.
"I was driving down Harkrider Street and that name just came to my mind," Hubach said. "I felt like the Lord put it in my mind. When I got back here, we had some people helping us with the walls and one of guys helping said, ‘You know, you should call this His …,’ and I said: ‘How about ‘His Place?’ It’s a three-meaning term. It’s my place as far as work, it’s ultimately God’s place and it’s also a place for men to get their hair cut."
Prior to taking over, the shop was a candy store for two years. It was the only time in 70 years the building was something other than a barber shop.
During his time as a barber, Hubach took the opportunity to interact with customers as a sort of ministry and said it revolves around one day.
"God entered my life in 1979, and before that day, my life was kind of like the 2008 stock market; it was downhill and just a disaster basically," Hubach said. "After that day, it has been a progressive upward trend. He just rebuilt my whole life and consumed my life that day. I want to make a living, but cutting hair has been a platform to share the good news of the Gospel. I have had a captive audience. It’s been a miraculous thing, and I think I could write a book on all the miraculous events that have taken place."
Cutting hair wasn’t always on Hubach’s mind, but an inspiration told him he should stay in Conway.
"The way he had used me in the years before coming to Conway, I thought God wanted me to mission work and I did very well," he said. "After a year or so, He revealed that wasn’t for me. Someone at Central Baptist College told me that God just may want me in Conway, and I’ll never forget that. That’s exactly how that turned out and I’m very thankful for that person."
Hubach has experienced several things throughout his career as a barber, but the people are the things he will miss the most.
"I’ve had customers that have stayed with me for a long time, and I’ve watched a lot of people pass on over the years," he said. "I’ve told my wife that I feel like the Lord has been training for learning how to serve people. That’s really all our assignments in life and that’s to serve one another. I’ve gotten a first-hand lesson on how to do that, and I’ve been blessed with so many great customers."
Once Hubach closes shop March 31, he said the landlord wants the space to remain a barber shop, but most of the stuff in the shop is going home.
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