- November 20, 2021
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Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series about Gahanna iconic businesses to be featured monthly.
Tonsorial artists have been making the cut at Gahanna Barber Shop, 102 Granville St., since 1995.
Business owner Curt Scherger, 40, of Canal Winchester said he purchased the shop in May after working there for four years.
“When I started here, I had a conversation with Bryan Galbraith about buying it before I started,” he said. “I worked across the street at Jerry’s Barber Shop (83 Granville St.) for five years before I came over here. Bryan still works here.”
“We are passionate about barbering,” says the business website: gahannabarbershop.com. “We love what we do and it’s all thanks to the incredible relationships we’ve formed with our clients. .”
Galbraith owned the shop for the previous 16 years, purchasing it from Ron Eggleston, who had opened it and owned it for 10 years and retired in April, Scherger said.
He said Dave Keim also worked with Eggleston for many years at the Gahanna Barber Shop. “They moved here in ’95,” Scherger said. “Dave worked across the street (at Jerry’s) for 26 years, and Ron was over there for six years. Both were here quite a few years.”
Scherger, who’s originally from Tiffin, said he had planned to join the U.S. Navy after high school to become a barber.
“And then I decided not to do the Navy, switched to the Marine Corps, and they don’t offer that as a job,” he said. “I was doing like barracks haircuts and stuff. And then after I got out of the military, I went to barber school.”
Scherger said his grandfather, Gene Cook, was a barber, and his collection of straight razors is displayed along with other barber memorabilia throughout the shop.
Eggleston, who has a passion for hot rods, had a mural painted of a hot rod pulling into an old Mobiloil station. It was painted at the business in 1996 by Tim Coffman, who later worked for Walt Disney World in Florida.
Scherger displays many of the antiques left by Eggleston and recently completed some remodeling.
“I used to do flooring for a living,” he said. “Me and my dad did the flooring here. My dad has done floors for 46 years. We remodeled everything. Most the decorations were here, but we redid it. I’ve got new chairs, new floors, new countertops, sinks and cabinets and a new sign out front.”
Customers needing to wait for a cut sit can sit in old church pews Scherger had bought in Junction City.
In addition to historical items in the shop, the barbers can provide some nostalgia about the profession.
In addition to Scherger and Galbraith, the shop’s third barber is Rob Hughes, who has been with the business for only fourth months but comes from a long line of stylists.
“My dad and grandfather were barbers,” Hughes said. “I grew up in Columbus, moved to Florida for 27 years, and my father and I cut hair down there for 27 years. I had my own shop for 27 years. I moved here to take care of my mom.”
Hughes keeps a copy of the front cover the Sunday Columbus Dispatch from Feb. 12, 1961 that shows a picture of his father cutting hair.
“He became a barber in 1957,” he said.
Before joining the Gahanna business, Hughes worked as a barber on the south end of Columbus for seven years.
“When the coronavirus hit, they all went to appointments, and I just wasn’t feeling it,” he said. “I came up here. The customers are great.”
While getting a trim Nov. 4, customer Ron Kirk of Gahanna said it’s a great shop.
“I like the atmosphere,” he said. “The guys who work here are great guys. They leave the crowns in, and that’s important to me. They always do a fabulous job for the price. I have tried different shops. This is the best for me. This shop is very accepting, and there’s good camaraderie between the barbers. I feel everyone is accepted here.”
Columbus resident Tony Clevenger has been getting his hair cut at the Gahanna Barber Shop for about 20 years.
“It’s a good atmosphere,” he said. “You can sit in any chair and get a good cut. I’m military; he’s military. You hear normal barbershop chit-chat about current events. I work close to here.”
Clevenger said his cut is high and tight with a medium taper and short on top.
Scherger said the trend for many high schoolers is the mullet and fauxhawks, featuring short sides and a strip of longer hair that runs from the front to the back of the head.
“Every single kid wants long bangs,” he said.
Scherger said his customers include a lot of firemen, policemen and military personnel.
“We do a lot kids,” he said. “We do everybody.”
Scherger said Gahanna Barber Shop is one of only a few shops in town that’s all walk-in.
“We don’t do appointments,” he said. “With the pandemic, I think pretty much most are appointment. I’m not a big fan of appointments. There’s always one or two guys every day who’s late. It throws off your whole system.”
Haircuts cost $15, and there’s no additional charge for a beard trim, Scherger said. A beard trim alone costs $5.
Business hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It’s closed Sundays and Mondays.
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