Photo courtesy of Jeff and Amanda Arnoldy Jeff Arnoldy, of The Doghouse Barbershop, gives a partial head shave to Chad "Rooster" Sermon.

Photo courtesy of Jeff and Amanda Arnoldy

Jeff Arnoldy, of The Doghouse Barbershop, gives a partial head shave to Chad "Rooster" Sermon.

Leitchfield's newest barbershop prioritizes two things: comfort and family.

The Doghouse Barbershop, operated by barber Jeff Arnoldy, officially opened in June at 121 West Main St. in Leitchfield with a built-in clientele thanks to his wife, Amanda, who has cut hair in Grayson County for the past 12 years.

Jeff Arnoldy, a 14-year veteran of the military and Florida native, met his wife while stationed in Fort Knox. He left the armed service on medical discharge and settled down in Grayson County, where he became one of the first students to enroll in classes at the new Elizabethtown Community and Technical College campus.

He originally intended to study business, but ultimately decided against it, and, per the encouragement of his wife, elected to try his hand at becoming a barber. He enrolled in South Central Barber College in Bowling Green and did his apprenticeship under Otis Allen at Main Street Barber Shop in Brownsville, KY.

While her husband attended barber school, Amanda Arnoldy continued to cut hair, telling her clients that he would soon be opening a barbershop locally. Jeff Arnoldy said this proved to be a blessing as, on his second day of business, he had several of his wife's clients' family members come in for his services.

After completing barber school, Jeff and Amanda Arnoldy brought contractors in to renovate 121 West Main St., which had sat vacant for two years, and reshape it into Jeff's vision of what a barbershop should be.

"I went with, 'What would I want if I were a client?" he said.

Jeff Arnoldy said he grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show, and Floyd's barbershop appeared to him to be a place where men could go and relax, and he wanted to bring that sense of comfort to his own barbershop. That mindset is also where the shop's name derived.

"What guy hasn't been in the doghouse?" he said.

Jeff Arnoldy provides hair cuts, head shaves, and face shaves, and, with the exception of a full face shave, all of his services are $11. So far, the feedback has been positive from his clients, especially with the straight razor shaves and facials, as well as his use of hot towels.

Additionally, since opening, the barbershop has become a literal family affair for both the Arnoldys and their clients, as, in addition to Jeff Arnoldy's barbershop, 121 West Main St. also houses Amanda Arnoldy and Devon Mattingly's hair salon. By having both a barbershop and hair salon, The Doghouse has seen entire families come in at a time.

"I just want to keep going in the direction that this is a fun family place," Jeff Arnoldy said.

The Doghouse Barbershop is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays.