CAMDEN — Zac Adolphsen started cutting hair while he was in the Air Force and decided to take it up as a new career after he got out of the military.

His new business, Mechanic Street Barbershop, opened Jan. 3 in downtown Camden.

At first, it will be a one-man show, he said, but eventually he wants to have three chairs going.

He has been a barber for about five years. He was educated at the Aveda Institute in Augusta and licensed in 2017.

Originally from Hope, he graduated from the South Hope Christian School in 2006 and went into the Air Force in 2007. He did a tour in Iraq in 2009. He drove trucks in convoys 13,000 miles all over Iraq, providing supplies including ammunition and food.

He also somehow found time to have a family and is the father of four children, ranging in age from 7 to 12.

He said after he got out of the military, he wanted to be self-employed and have his own business. He worked for Eric’s Barber Shop for a time in Camden and now is opening his own business with a strong location in the downtown.

The business is located at 25 Mechanic St. near the Bagel Cafe.

He plans to offer a full-service barbershop, including hot shaves.

“I’m pretty stoked,” he said.

The business is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9-5. Call or stop by for an appointment. For more information, visit