Midway Barber Shop felt the support of the community this week after its front window was broken in the middle of the night on Aug. 28.
The barber shop said neither they nor the police know who is responsible for the damage or the motivation behind the incident.
“I’m not going to speculate on anything,” said Stepney Edwards, who has owned and managed Midway Barber Shop for 35 years. “It could have just been some kids playing with a pellet gun or it could have been something else. There’s just no way of knowing.”
Edwards estimated repairs will cost up to $2,000, but he said he is thankful to the members of the community who have offered to help with the costs.
“Even my junior high school teacher offered to help some,” he said. “Forty years later, imagine that. I guess I made an impact on somebody's life somehow.”
Customers have stopped by to tell Edwards they are thinking about him, he said, but most of the money for the repairs is going to have to come out of his own pocket.
Midway Barber Shop was one of the first black-owned businesses in Carrboro, celebrating its 70th birthday this year since it was opened by Edwards’ father, Stephen Edwards, in 1948. Stephen Edwards was inducted into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame in 2015.
“Midway is a sort of a social hub," Edwards said. "It's a place where people can come and say what's on their mind. Some people have country clubs, the rest of us regular people have barber shops."
Edwards said Midway has always been a place for people to talk and share stories, filling the role of what a community barber shop should be.