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Marietta barber shop moves to Third Street

David Way, owner of Heyrock’s Barber Shop, sterilizes his tools of the trade Thursday morning at his new shopfront at 349 Third St., Marietta. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

MARIETTA — For the last 92 years, Heyrock’s Barber Shop has been the place to go for area men who wanted a haircut or shave.

After more than 50 years at 109 Scammel St., Marietta, the shop has relocated to 349 Third St. next to the Third Street Deli.

“Heyrock’s is the oldest barber shop in Marietta,” said David Way, shop owner.

The shop was established in 1928 by Harry Heyrock. In 1960, it was sold to Howard Hunter, and then to Way in 2003.

Way has been a barber since 1995, although it wasn’t his first choice of careers.

In high school, he took welding at the Washington County Career Center, but it wasn’t what he wanted to do. His guidance counselor said he liked sports and they talked sports at a barber shop. Way thought about it and thought it was a good idea.

“It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he said.

Over the years, he’s worked with other barbers at the shop, such as Hunter, the former owner, Herb Hunter and Kenny Tilton, who passed earlier this year.

Even the shop was housed in different places around downtown Marietta. It started on Tiber Way, then moved to the Peoples’ Bank building, then to Scammel Street.

Before Heyrock’s moved into the Third Street facility on July 1, Way said his wife, Janelle, and friends remodeled the inside. He and Janelle have two children, Doug, 11, and Maddie, 7.

“They did an awesome job helping me out,” he added.

The hours of the shop are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and closed Wednesday and Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made at 740-373-5645. He also has a Facebook page under Heyrock’s Barber Shop.

Way said he does cuts, beard trims and shaves, along with kids’ cuts. He charges $16 for a head shave with straight razor, $10 for haircut, $6 for a beard shave with straight razor and $3 for a beard trim.

Along with helping men stay groomed, he supports local law enforcement and fire departments by posting signs in front of the store.

“There are some gentlemen in their 90s who have been coming to Heyrock’s for 60 years,” he said. “Several clients are military veterans.”

It’s spending time with these clients that he likes most about his job.

“I like visiting with customers and getting to know them,” Way said. “I enjoy the conversations.”

One of those customers is Reno resident Andrew Lisk, who has visited the shop for a couple of years.

“David’s a really nice guy and there’s a lot of involvement. He wants to know how things are going and how my lawn business is going,” Lisk said.

Way is always trying to promote the businesses of his customers in any way possible, Lisk said.

“He’s just a really good guy and he’s always done a good job,” Lisk noted.

Way wanted to thank his loyal customers for their business over the years.

“I go to the barber shop every day. I don’t go to work,” he said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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If You Go

* Who: Heyrock’s Barber Shop

* Where: New location at 349 Third St., next to the Third Street Deli

* Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays; Closed Wednesday and Sunday

* Prices: $10 haircut; $16 head shave; $6 beard shave; $3 beard trim

Source: Heyrock’s Barber Shop

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