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Barber's efforts are cut above

Barber's efforts are cut above

The barber spent at least 20 minutes grooming his client's hair and beard. With his clippers, brush, razor and shaving cream, he skillfully tended to every detail, frequently asking the man in the chair his preferences. When the appointment was done, the men exchanged thanks and a handshake.

Robert W. Cradle, the 43-year-old founder of the nonprofit Rob's Barbershop Community Foundation, does not charge for his services to the homeless and needy. His satisfaction stems from "how happy people are when they like the way they look," he said.

"Things begin and end with whether you like what you see in the mirror," said Cradle, a professional barber who closed...