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Merchant of the Month
Meet the Merchants: Manuel Lema, owner, Francys and Manuel’s Barbershop, 268 Main Street.
“I’ve had this barbershop for 13 years. I grew up in Ecuador and learned my skills there. When I came to this country, I decided to continue working as a barber. Hackensack was a good place to open a shop because there are a lot of different kinds of people here. I like what I do and talking to people. We take care of everybody, from little kids to seniors. Women, too, for haircuts, coloring, manicures. I’m very optimistic about the future of this town. They’re making some good changes.”
The state of New Jersey is famous for a lot of things – diners, beaches, funny accents, a certain brand of driving – and while all of them vary in truth or opinion, there is one claim to fame that is hard to dispute.
New Jersey’s prominence in the music scene over the decades is well documented; Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, Whitney Houston, and Les Paul are just a small portion of talent to come out of the state.
The city of Hackensack played a major role in adding to that musical legacy over the years, most prominently in jazz. More
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