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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Council honors Central Barber Shop centennial

Mayor Joe Gibbons presents a framed City flag to Alan Hall on July 19, 2022

The City of Lenoir City Council recently honored Central Barber Shop for the business' centennial celebration and thanked Terry and Alan Hall for building their business in Downtown Lenoir.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented a resolution to Alan Hall during the City Council meeting Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Mayor Gibbons also gave Mr. Hall a framed City of Lenoir flag. Central Barber Shop has been operating in Downtown Lenoir since May 1922.

"Tonight, we'll celebrate the 100th anniversary of the place I got my first haircut," Mayor Gibbons said. "Mayberry's got Floyd's and Lenoir, we've got the Central Barber Shop."

Mayor Gibbons shared his memories of going to Central Barber Shop as a child to get a haircut. He then read a resolution honoring the shop and the current owners and barbers (see below). 

After receiving the resolution and flag, Alan Hall shared some history about Central Barber Shop and the barbers that have worked there over the past several decades (video below). 

"We'd like to thank the Council for this recognition. That's a very nice thing to do," Alan Hall said. "I also want to thank the Mayor's brother, Mike Gibbons. He was instrumental in giving us a lot of information (about the history of the shop). Thank you for this. We appreciate being a part of the fabric of Lenoir."

"It's a great place. I always enjoy going in and talking to you guys to catch up on all the news around town," Mayor Gibbons said. "Thank you for your business in our community ... we look forward to another hundred years."

Central Barber Shop is located at 211 North Main St. in Downtown Lenoir.

This video is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/3IKFPCfBBOs, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CityofLenoir/videos/1105760930321166/.

Council presents a centennial resolution to Central Barber Shop staff Tuesday, July 19, 2022

City Council honored the Central Barber Shop and staff Tuesday, July 19, 2022, during the City Council meeting. Pictured from left: Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas, Councilman David Stevens, Central Barber Shop Owner Terry Hall, Councilman Ralph Prestwood, Central Barber Shop Barber Alan Hall (son of Terry Hall), Councilman Kent Greer, Mayor Joe Gibbons, City Manager Scott Hildebran, barber Mark Gentry, Councilman Ike Perkins, barber Chris Whittaker, and Councilman Jonathan Beal.

Central Barber Shop Celebrates 100 Years of Business

WHEREAS, Central Barber Shop opened in Downtown Lenoir on May 11, 1922, in a room in the Miller Building next to the Caldwell County Courthouse; and

WHEREAS, Central Barber Shop later moved from the Miller Building to 138 Main Street, which sits at the corner of West Avenue and Mulberry Street; and

WHEREAS, Terry Hall started working as a barber in Lenoir in 1961 and bought Central Barber Shop ten years later in 1971; and

WHEREAS, in 1976, Terry Hall bought the building located on the northwest corner of the square in Downtown Lenoir and moved Central Barber Shop to its current location at 211 Main Street where it has operated for the past 46 years; and 

WHEREAS, Terry Hall’s son Alan Hall started working as a barber at Central Barber Shop in 1995, and Terry Hall retired from Central Barber Shop in 2009; and

WHEREAS, Alan Hall has worked at Central Barber Shop for the past 27 years, along with fellow barbers Mark Gentry, 18 years, and Chris Whittaker, 14 years; and

WHEREAS, barbershops have traditionally been a place where men can socialize, take a break from their daily routine, meet like-minded people, and build friendships with other men in the community; and

WHEREAS, Central Barber Shop has served the Lenoir community for 100 years;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, I, Mayor Joseph L. Gibbons, on behalf of the City of Lenoir City Council, congratulate Central Barber Shop on its centennial celebration and thank Terry Hall and Alan Hall for building their business in Lenoir, investing their time and talents in our community, and giving our residents friendship, camaraderie, and excellent haircuts for 100 years.

This the 19th day of July 2022.
Joseph L. Gibbons, Mayor

Central Barber Shop storefront

Central Barber Shop is located at 211 North Main St. in Downtown Lenoir.

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