Barnes Barber Shop

Originally Published in Land+Lake Magazine - March/April 2017

Originally Published in Land+Lake Magazine - March/April 2017

There had been a barber shop at 381 Gunter Avenue in Guntersville for 16 years, when Colin Barnes first began cutting hair there in 1964. He purchased the building in 1967, and 50 years later is still going strong.

Now 72-years-old, Colin shares the shop with his son Daren Barnes, Levon Stone and Aaron Stone. Between the four men, they have more than 150 years of experience cutting hair.

And according to Daren, his dad can still cut circles around his younger counterparts.

“He can still give a haircut quicker and better than any of us,” Daren says respectfully of his father.

But each one of them has had scissors in their hand since they were teenagers.

For Colin, becoming a barber was a way off the roof at D.A.R. school where he was working as a laborer.

“I’d have done anything that would get me off that roof,” Colin says. And barbering is what came along.

It was 1962 and Colin was just 18-years-old when he began cutting hair in Huntsville.

“You could train at a barber shop then go take your test back then,” Colin adds, “and that’s what I did.”

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