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Emporium continues on in Kuttawa

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - Updated: 1:03 AM
By Sue Huntsman office@heraldledger.com

The legacy of a man's desire to see Kuttawa grow continues to live on through his wife and clients.

Forrest Goodman began his career as a barber in new Kuttawa in 1978 in the back of the building that is now Life & Health Insurance.

He later located near the Masonic Lodge, and then built his own shop in 1992 -- the Emporium Barber Shop -- which is located at 60 Cedar Street in Kuttawa.

He also had a barbershop adjacent to his home in Cadiz that he operated on Saturdays.

One of Goodman's passions was to see new Kuttawa grow, as he loved the community and the people.

Through the years, he built strong friendships with his clients, which consisted of men, children and women. About 85 percent of his clients were women.

Lori Duff, County Court Clerk, said as a high schooler she was one of Forrest's first customers. Over the years as they shared their life experiences, he grew to be like a family member.

Even though he was not a resident of Kuttawa, he often attended city council meetings and kept up with the growth of the city.

In 2010, Goodman's wife, Dwan, decided to attend barber school. After graduating, she apprenticed with her husband for a year.

In October of 2014, Forrest was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome and sadly died Jan. 14, 2015. After his illness and passing, Dwan started working again part-time at their shop in Cadiz.

One of Forrest's clients contacted her and asked if she would consider working again in Kuttawa.

As Goodman would cut hair, he talked about what he was doing; cutting 3 inches from the bottom, texturing, thinning, etc. This practice would prove to be of great help when Dwan decided to reopen the shop and his former customers relayed this information to her.

Dwan said coming back to Kuttawa has been therapeutic for her and her husband's clients. Both have been comforted by sharing stories.

The Emporium Barber Shop in Kuttawa is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointments may be made by calling 270-388-2898 anytime. For appointments in Cadiz, call 270-350-0814. That location is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and a half-day on Saturdays.

Dwan resides in Cadiz. She has two sons, Jarod and Jordan and four grandsons.

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