Adrian Doe has taken over his father’s shop in Bury St Edmunds, 28 years after starting there as a Saturday boy.
Tony’s Barber Shop, in St Andrew’s Street North, is thought to be one of the oldest barber’s in the town, having first opened in November 1982.
It’s founder, Tony, who turned 65 on Tuesday, has now retired and officially handed over the reins to his son on February 3. This week, the shop - which has been renamed Adie’s – was given a fresh coat of paint.
Adrian ‘Adie’ said: “Dad didn’t mind. He said put your name above the door. It’s one of those things where people know that I’ve always been there so it shouldn’t be a massive shock.
“I’ve had more questions about the takeover than I ever anticipated though because no-one every thought that dad would retire.”
“He’s still going to pop down and say hello to the lads – we’re keeping it quite open for him,” he added.
Adrian, now 43, began working at the shop on Saturdays, age 15, because he was ‘at a loose end in the summer holidays’ and took up a three-year apprenticeship there from the age of 16.
The father-of two, from Moreton Hall, said: “I do enjoy it. It’s a very sociable job.”
Eighty-five per cent of the shop’s customers are regulars but Adrian said he was always keen to attract new faces.
“It’s very much business as usual,” he said.
Adie’s offers customers haircuts and beard trims. It is open six days a week, from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and 7.30am-5pm on Saturdays.
It is not possible to make appointments but anyone wanting to make enquiries should call 07514 212765.