ST. CLOUD -- It's an occupation Andrew Storkamp and Bill Stuart are trying to resurrect.

The Moler Barber School of St. Cloud opened earlier this month and Storkamp says there is still a growing need for barbers throughout the state.

"We talked to a few experienced barbers and they really feel it's a need to have a school up here. There is a lot of barbers retiring and want to give their shops new and upcoming barbers," says Storkamp.

Students  wanting to be barbers go through a nine month program, which Stuart says includes classroom training and hands on experience.

"For the first hair cut we try to get them going on something easy like a buzz cut, but we pretty much hold their hands through the first few cuts," says Stuart.

The Moler Barber School has been around since 1893 and have another location in the Twin Cities.

Stuart says they have seven students enrolled and can have up to 30 students at a time.

"We have plenty of interest for enrollment but I guess what we need at this time is really trying to seek more customers for the students to practice on," says Stuart.

The school is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for haircuts, shaves, beard trims, and facials. They even accept walk-ins.

Storkamp says even though they are only a few weeks in they are excited for what the future holds.

"It's a good thing we are doing here and just trying to get everyone trained in," says Storkamp.

The Moler Barber School is located at 200 Waite Avenue South, in the Copper Court Center.


Moler Barber School Instructors Bill Stuart and Andrew Storkamp talk about their new school. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)