This past Saturday an older gentleman pulled up to the store in a big pickup truck. He got out with his aviators on and came in like he really meant business. I greeted him with a big smile and asked how I could help. He responded by saying that our store used to be his grandfather's barber shop! (I was like "WHAAAT?!") We knew that our building was the original barber shop in Huntersville but I never imagined that the owner's grandson would stop in and tell us about it. I was PUMPED! He handed me a copy of a picture of some men in the barber shop - one of the men was his grandfather and the little boy sitting in one of the chairs was his dad! He said I could have it (and I am totally going to frame it)! Nick and I showed him around the store and he told us all about what used to be in the building.
His father owned the barber shop after his grandfather passed away - and during the great depression, his family actually moved in next door. In the front room, the original mirror (that is still in the store) used to be on the other side of the building. It was moved to prevent a little bit of noise coming through the walls - this way the customers sat on the opposite side while getting their hair cut. Haircuts were 25¢! The back room of the store had a really big furnace for warm water and some of the first showers in Huntersville. People would pay 25¢ on the weekend to shower and they offered shoe shines for 10¢! The back of the building was fenced in and that was their "yard" that he played in when he was little. They lived in the space next to ours for 15 years!
That is a real #throwbackthursday! All this history in one little building - it is crazy to think about! I hope he brings us more pictures & tells us more stories. I will be sure to share!