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Greg Wright

Greg Wright

Deer mounts line the walls. Bass fishing magazines fan out across the table. The furniture, from barbers’ stations to the chairs, are vintage.

Walking through the doors at Reed’s Barber Shop, 1213 Greenwood Ave., is like taking a step back to the 1950s.

Of course, that’s just part of the charm.

“I love my job,” Greg Wright said.

Wright took over the shop after his father-in-law, Larry Reed, retired about six years ago.

After losing his factory job in 1996, Reed suggested his son-in-law go to barber college and come work at the shop, which he did the next year.

“I said I’d look into it, and here I am,” Wright said.

The barber shop maintains a friendly environment as well as good service, which Wright said is what brings the customers back.

“He’s never cut my ear and keeps my hair short,” joked Brian Freund, a regular at the shop. “I really come here for the conversation.”

Even through the rough economy, Wright has been making a living because of his loyal customers and quality service.

“It’s been hard everywhere, but I’ve been making do because the people make an effort to come here,” Wright said. “We’ve got regulars and people who bring in their kids because they’ve come to the shop for so long.”

Business is usually steady but never so crowded that you have to wait in a long line, said Rex Hendershot, a regular from Jackson. “You can’t beat the price either,” he said of his $11 haircut.

Added at 11:54 am on July 8, 2010, by . Filed under Feature, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Neighbors