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There are local businesses, and there are local institutions. Camillo Barber Shop is the latter. Tucked away in Tenleytown, not far from Best Buy and the Container Store, the barbershop has been the site of innumerable shaves and haircuts since Camillo Damiano took over the business in the 1960s. He’s the good-natured fellow who mans the first chair, the one closest to the barber pole sticker just outside the door. Everyone who’s anyone in the neighborhood—from politicians to spiritual leaders to ex-Redskin defensive linemen—know Damiano by name, and chances are he knows them as well. That might not mean much to the angular-haired hipster who wants a David Cook ’do. But local traditionalists will appreciate Camillo’s for what it is: a great place to talk about the weather and get a straight-razor shave.