New owner of Ringgold's Edwards' Barber Shop Shannon D. Talbert said that even if he won $1 million in the lottery, he'd keep his job. That's how much he loves it.
"I love being a part of a community and watching all the little kids grow up and get to know them," he said. "It really means the world to me."
Edwards' Barber Shop, which is on U.S. Highway 41 between East Ridge and Ringgold, has been open for almost 58 years.
Edwards' is located at 2601 U.S. Highway 41.
It's open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Talbert will officially become the third owner of the business at the first of the year, he said.
He went to barber school after deciding to make a career change. He's been working at Edwards' for three years, and it's been his dream to take over ownership, he said.
The shop provides "old-school" cuts—such as flattop and pompadour styles—but employees also know how to do modern cuts.
"I gave an adorable little 3-year-old a mohawk this morning," he said.
Merritt Potter, who owns Chattanooga's White Oak Barber Shop, which has two Chattanooga locations, said that he's seen a recent trend—a rise in popularity of traditional barbershops. In 2011, Inc.com published an article on the resurgence.
"Men are returning to the old-time barbershop," Potter said.
The original White Oak Barber Shop, which is on Dayton Boulevard, has been there since 1932, he also said. About a year ago, Potter opened another location on Lee Highway.
Edwards' and White Oak both take walk-ins and offer hot lather shaves in addition to haircuts. White Oak also offers shoe shining and has a shaving training program.
Edwards' offers a straight razor neck shave with every cut and uses a vacuum system that prevents hair from getting on the floor and on the client.
Now that Talbert is taking over the shop, he is working to bring it into the 21st century, while keeping it traditional.
He has many clients who have been coming for years.
He has some clients who have moved away but still come back to visit and get a cut.
Now, he wants to attract a younger generation to the old-school style.
"I love our older customers," he said. "But to keep a business alive, you need more customers, and younger customers are always helpful."
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