Located in the heart of the Waverly area, Columbia, South Carolina, the Black Box Barber Shop is distinctive. From the outside it may look like and ordinary old building, but on the inside it is lively. Known to be a central spot for the men in the community who pass through all day every day to get a hair cut, hang out, or both. In this close-knit community where everybody knows almost everybody, the Black Box is the place to catch up with friends.
The Black Box Barber Shop was opened by Reagan Smith almost 25 years ago. He and his wife cut hair together and wanted to open up a place where everyone was welcome. The name came from a popular hairstyle in the Africa-American community back in the early 1980’s called the “box” haircut. Smith still cuts hair at his barber shop to this day, and still has many customers from when he started 25 years ago. Smith also has two other barbers working in his shop. Derick and Lamont. Derick has been at the Black Box for 15 years and Lamont for less than a year.
The Black Box Barber Shop is full of laughter, friendly arguments over sports, conversation, drama, and town gossip. Most of the time there is nowhere to sit and the room is full of people standing around shooting the bull with one another. Smith says that he isn’t planning on going anywhere anytime soon, and that the Black Box Barber Shop will live on for a long time to come.