The first discussions held inside the Longview Barber Shop were about the start prohibition, women getting the right to vote, and the end of what was known in 1919 as “The Great War.”
As the shop begins to celebrate its centennial in Clintonville, its seventh owner, Dave Carty shares his secrets of longevity.
“I think consistency,” Carty said. “We have so many clients who come in that are 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation, and the fact that there’s been that continuity in families. The way we’ve done business really hasn’t changed in 100 years.”
Longview Barber Shop was started by Tom Pletcher. Pletcher was a soldier returning home from World War 1. His shop has grown from two chairs in the back of a pharmacy to a thriving six chairs that are coveted spots for Central Ohio barbers.
“We just love Alyssa. She cuts [4-year-old Jude and 6-year-old Ace’s] hair. She does an awesome job. We actually followed her to here,” said Abby Sams of Grove City. “We didn’t realize when we first came here the history of it all, but now but I think it makes it even more special that we come here. I think it’s awesome Alyssa works here now, because I know she always strived to work here.”
Jude and Ace will go back to school from winter break with their fresh haircuts, not yet knowing they got them at a shop that means much more than hair to generations of people.
“It’s about the connection that you get and the bonding. You become more like friends with your customers, knowing them and their lives,” said Longview Barber Shop barber Amy Cornelius.
Carty adds, “It’s family. It’s community. [It’s] the history of course– 100 years in. It’s been a vehicle for so many amazing things that have happened in my life.”