Philly Barber Has Been in Business for 70 Years

I love hearing about old-time barbers that are still in business. Few have had as long a career as Frank William Salemno; he’s almost 88 years old and has been cutting hair on the top of Philadelphia’s Chestnut hill for 70, 70! years. He bought his shop in 1940 for $40, and while he’s been offered half a million to sell the place, he’s staying put. He’s still having too good a time and so are his customers. There aren’t too many places left where your barber can tell you stories of fighting on Iwo Jima and shaking FDR’s hand while he cuts your hair. Frank thinks of his customers as friends and the sentiment is returned. Sounds like a great place.

Read the whole article: “Barber-Raconteur a Fixture on Chestnut Hill for 70 Years.”

Hat tip to Mark Murphy for finding this article.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kerry Palmer July 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Neat article! My barber has been cutting hair in the same shop since 1957. To walk into his shop is to step back in time. I love every visit.

Chris Homan July 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

What an awesome article and a wonderful man!!

Greg DiFranco July 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Going to Frank’s barbershop is one hell of an experience…no matter when you are going, you probally have to wait in line after 3 or 4 people, saturday mornings being especially busy…but always worth the wait. I don’t think he has raised his prices in over 20 years, but I think he cuts for the fun of it. He does absolutely the best fade you could ever ask for, and you will never leave with a bad haircut. He told me he really debated with staying in the Marines for a career, but loved cutting hair entirely too much.

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