Time stands still in barber shop

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

For forty years, barbers at the Village Barber Shop in Middlesboro have cut hair.

This week, workers are celebrating being in business for decades.
Step inside the barber shop and you will find not much has changed it the last forty years.

It's a special place where the coffee is hot and conversations never end.

"You can talk about what's going on and get a haircut and come back when your ears are too high and get them lowered again," said Joe Day, owner of the Village Barber Shop.

For the last forty years, Edward Hunter has gotten his ears lowered at the same place.

"It seems more like home when I'm here," said Hunter.

That's exactly how Johnnie Greene wanted the place when he opened the barber shop 40 years ago.
Greene died this spring.

His brother, Charles Greene says he was not too keen on the idea of opening the shop soon after he served.

"He was going to go to barber school in Louisville... and be a barber... and I said boy, you have lost your mind," said Greene.

Decades later, he admits the idea was not too bad after all.

"No it wasn't crazy...I thought it was to start with, but I changed my mind," said Greene.

While on the outside, decades have passed.
On the the inside time stands still where there will always be familiar faces and ears that need be lowered.

On Saturday, folks with the Village Barber Shop will have a celebration with free food around lunch time and discounted hair cuts.

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