In the mid 2000′s, Kirk Merchant, owner of Truefitt & Hill barbershop, noticed that interest in traditional barbering was finally coming back after a long hiatus.  However, there was not a sufficient supply of either barbers or barbershops to meet the future demand.  So in 2008 he created the Chicago Barbers Association to promote the profession of barbering to a new generation.  Then, in 2010, he partnered with Joe Caccavella, Jr and together they have begun bringing Chicago area barbers together to network and work together to revive the industry. Check out the CBA website @ http://www.chicagobarbersassociation.com