Barber Shop - A Tradition Returns To Main Street Shelbyville

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Shelbyville – A revival on Main Street.  The return of the traditional men’s barber shop.

Lockhart’s & Elam Barber Shop opened its doors on Tuesday at 123 W. Main Street in Shelbyville.  After 3 days in business Jake Elam seems right at home.

“It’s really nice to be here on such a historic street,” Elam, a Shelbyville native, told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  “It was always kind of a plan to come back to Shelbyville and open up a shop.”

Pete Mosley, a navy reservist, came in to get a cut before reporting to Norfolk, Virginia.

“This is my first time coming here.  It’s really nice,” Mosley stated.

Hanging on the wall is an undated picture from long ago picturing the Henderson Barber Shop.  The vintage photo shows 3 barbers standing outside near a wood barber’s pole.  The shop was located in downtown Shelbyville, likely along Main Street.  Signs indicating the shop also sold tobacco and Cuban cigars.

A customer came in to look around.  He told Elam he worked there 50 years ago.  He then told Elam it was a barber shop at the exact same location back in the 1960’s.

Haircuts cost $15.  Seniors are only charged $12.  The shop is open to walk in business.

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