- Associated Press - Monday, January 16, 2017

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A fixture of downtown Jackson since 1965 is hanging up his clippers.

Harry Green of Harry’s Barber Shop, 209 N. Jackson St., retired on Friday, Dec. 30, after 52 years of turning out perfect flattops, MLive (https://bit.ly/2jngnVj ) reported.

Green, 74, gave the keys to Todd Rubert, 46, who worked alongside him for 20 years.

The vintage 1950s chairs with ashtrays in the arms and original 1965 register are there to stay, but the name is now Todd’s Barber Shop.

“He’s seen a lot of businesses come and go downtown and has kind of been a fixture,” Rubert said. “I took over in 2011 when he started slowing down a little bit.

“Big thing with him and kind of me too is this is an old-school barber shop and people appreciate that. A lot of Jackson history here. People get talking in here about how things were.”

Green lives in Rives Junction with his wife, Gerry. He said nothing really sparked his retirement - it was just time.

“It’s been a fun ride, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people,” Green said. “I had a lot of laughs and I’ve been very blessed.”

Green said a few stand out memories during his 52 years include cutting actor Vincent Price’s hair and shaving a 1-year-old girl’s head.

“One that sticks in my mind more than any is a girl from India came in and her dad asked me to cut all her hair off,” Green said. “It’s a tradition of theirs to cut it all off before 2 years old. We talked about why and I ended up doing it.”

But Green can remember much more than just those stories, Rubert said.

“Jeez O’ Pete one thing he was good at was remembering names,” Rubert said. “I learned from Harry every customer who comes through the door you greet them when they’re coming in and acknowledge them when they’re leaving.

“He used to go moose hunting and he would make stew for the customers. Everybody looked forward to that.”

The shop was located at 141 N. Jackson St. before moving to its current location seven years ago.

“Nobody’s more valuable than the next guy,” Green said. “I took my name off the window and he put his up.”

Downtown Jackson will always have its old-school barber, though, as long as Todd’s is there.

“I learned a lot from Harry, it was good times,” he said. “Whoever was in the chair was who got his time. His customers were really important to him.”

Green’s family is hosting a retirement reception for him from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Tompkins Township Hall, 9999 Tompkins Road.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com

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