Andrew Dys

Platinum Cuts defends title as America’s best barbershop at Vegas competition

For a year, Rock Hill’s Adrian “Ace” McCrorey has been the proud owner of America’s best barbershop, Platinum Cuts. Saturday night in Las Vegas, McCrorey will find out if he gets to keep his crown.

“I’m wearing a shade of gray this time,” McCrorey said, chuckling. “Platinum.”

Platinum Cuts is again a finalist for best barbershop in America, as voted on in the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards – known across the country as the “Hoodies.” Thousands of votes have been cast by listeners of Harvey’s show, which airs locally on WBAV-FM (101.9).

The awards celebrate achievement and service in the black community. The awards show will feature top national music and entertainment figures, along with successful people in education, arts and more.

Platinum Cuts, in business since 1998, prides itself on community involvement that includes free back-to-school hair cuts for kids, promoting success and achievement among all children, and empowering young people.

“We are proud to represent the Carolinas, and proud to represent Rock Hill and York County,” McCrorey said. “We have always been about giving back to the community, and right now in America we all need to come together more than ever.

“We all have something to give.”

Voting took place in June, and winners will be announced Saturday night. Platinum Cuts, with locations in Rock Hill and Fort Mill, has a tough road again, competing with barbershops from larger cities.

Platinum Cuts has a huge York County following, including being the barbershop of choice for several of Rock Hill’s NFL players and community leaders.