Tuesday, August 31, 2010
For over 75 years the word “Blair” has been associated with the word “barbershop ” in Marshallville. As you look around the shop that is located on East Market street there is no mistaking that it is full of history.
On the walls are mounted deer heads and old clocks, pictures of family members and customers.
The wooden cabinetry appears to be from the 1940s. The wooden chairs that customers wait in are old and add further charm to the establishment. Certainly this is one of those places that you think “if these walls could talk”.
This my friends is a barbershop not a solon.
“My Granddad Shade Blair moved here from Kentucy in 1932 and opened the shop in the building next to this one. In 1958 he built this place can we have been here ever since.” Blair said.
What has changed over the years? “Not much has changed with the shop, but the faces change. Some of the old timers have passed on, and new faces come in the door.” Blair said.
“I tell people that you can never tell by looking in the window how many people are waiting. Lots of guys stop in here just to talk.”
As the small boy and his mother left the shop two other men came in. Soon the conversation turned to fishing, and boats has Blair methodically clipped the hairs from the mans head.
You find few places nowdays where the name on the door matches the person actualy doing the work inside.
Blair's Barbershop is one of those places.
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