Tom's Barber Shop "Lowering Ears" for 49 Years

By: Matthew McClellan Email
By: Matthew McClellan Email

As new hairstyles and trends emerge , it seems like old-fashioned barber shops have gone the way of the dinosaur, but there's one spot in Blakely that's been "lowering ears" for nearly half a century, and there's no sign Mr. Tom's slowing down.

Tom's Barber Shop on South Main Street opened on October 2, 1964.

While the world outside has changed a lot, not much has changed inside.

Tom Riley has given thousands of haircuts in his lifetime - for babies, teenagers and the elderly.

He says he's been entrusted with a lot of peoples' best kept secrets.

"They're gonna tell somebody and I've listened to a lot of good ones. They've got family problems, all kind of problems. It's amazing what' they'll tell you. I just think it's because they want somebody to talk to."

Mr. Tom says his biggest pet peeve is when guys over-do it with the gel.

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