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Changes under way downtown

December 5, 2011

Wendell Beer trims a customer (Photo by Eric Mann)

    One longtime business has relocated and another will be expanding in connected decisions announced this week.
    The changes involve Charlie Brune, owner of Complete Printing Service at 210 S. Second St. since 1992, and Wendell Beer, a barber here for 52 years, much of that time in The Hair-Cut Center at 216 S. Second St., next to Brune's firm. Brune was Beer's landlord.
    Beer, a lifetime resident of Decatur, has moved The Hair-Cut Center to 233 N. First St., near Jackson St., which is still downtown and has more room than the previous place. He and fellow barber Phil Luginbill, who owns the building at that location, cut hair on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings.
    Beer, 76, began barbering in 1959 and The Hair-Cut Center opened on May 22 of that year, with Harold Worthman also working there. Other barbers working in the shop over the years have been Delmer Orme and Charlie Fisher.
    With Beer relocating, Brune is making plans to enlarge his operation by using the former haircut emporium in one or more ways:
    (1) Perhaps opening a shop to let people design and print funny headlines on paper from among Brune's collection of letters attached to wooden blocks.
    (2) Maybe a museum to show off his large collection of Decatur-themed items plus such things as a copy of the famed "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" front page of The Chicago Tribune from November of 1948, when Republican nominee Thomas Dewey failed to defeat Democratic incumbent Harry Truman for president.
    (3) Storage at the rear for his growing print shop operation.
    Brune noted that his father, Al Brune, bought the print shop in 1980 and sold it to him in 1992.
    In 1998, Brune bought the building from his father, including The Hair-Cut Center.

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