DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - It feels like a normal day for barber Brad Coutee. Classic tunes are playing in the background while he cuts hair and talks with customers about LSU football.
"I'm kind of like a people person, and plus it's a different kind of job where you can do things that other people can't do, you know, to build bonds and stuff like that," Coutee says.
The only difference is that instead of being inside his shop, he's cutting hair in the parking lot. Coutee owns Brad's Barber Shop in Denham Springs, which was heavily damaged by the flood. He was rejected for an SBA loan because of poor credit, so to make ends meet, he decided to move his business outside.
"It's been real devastating because this is the whole thing right here at the barber shop, and if you're not working you don't get paid."
He's got one chair, a set of clippers, scissors, and a large vacuum cleaner that he uses to remove hair from his customers. It's definitely a big adjustment, but Coutee says he's willing to do whatever it takes to keep the cash flow going.
"It's pretty difficult, but you have to just keep going, you know that's all you have so just keep going."
Coutee hopes the shop will be repaired soon so he can start cutting his clients' hair inside once again.