The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Barber Shops Were Busy Businesses


February 27, 2017

Hart's Barber Shop on East Main St. was a busy place in 1953. Notice the shoe shine stand in the back left.

Like drug stores and cafes, barber shops and beauty shops were important businesses in mid-20th century downtowns across America. People were able to take care of their shopping, banking and other needs with a weekly visit to town.

As early as 1904 the Aethelwold Hotel in downtown Brevard had a barber for businessmen and travelers. Early barber shops also offered shaves, baths and shoe shines.

John W. Smith was a barber for 55 years, most of them at his shop on West Main St. in Brevard. His shop was a hub of civic activity where patrons could play checkers, exchange news and opinions...

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