Hershey's Barber Shop

With Medina's massive population growth, there were a lot more people living in Medina. "Hair is always growing," says Don, and with all the new people moving to medina, that means a lot more hair to cut. A barber shop supplier called Hershey's barber shop the second buisest barber shop in Northeast Ohio. The first busiest has nine haircutting chairs, while Hershey's only has four. The chairs date back to 1926, from another barber shop in Medina that is no longer in business.

What attracts so many people to such a small building? What causes so many people to line up in order to get their hair cut here?

Don gave two reasons for this. One is that there is a lot of convienent parking nearby. This allows to accomodate the large numbers of customers. The other reason is that hair is always growing, and with so many people living in Medina, that makes a lot of people who will need their hair cut. With so many people needing a hair cut, that brings business on its own.

But there are other reasons for Hershey's large number of customers. Don doesn't cut hair all by him self, he has help from his employees, some of whom happen to be his family. And from reviews, customers love talking to Don and his employees. Don has nine barbers in the family. "A very hairy family," he said.

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Before the Pole

Before the Pole

Though Don Hershey's father only bought the Barber Shop in 1950 after they moved to Medina from Grafton, it still has a long history before even then. The building was supposed built in the 1880s, about ten years after the great fire in Medina. From then on it was at different points a butcher shop and a plumming shop, but not even the City has much information about it. But it has at least been a barber shop since 1926, says Don, from what the previous owner, Shorty Goodman, had told him. Don even describes his fathers long working hours to where he and his brother hardly ever saw him, to how in 1933 the State of Ohio said one needed a barber's licence to cut hair, and therefore his father had to go back to school. Don also sees the changes the shop has been through, not just in it's function, but also in, for example, the switching of the doors from one side of the shop to the other. Don reflects on the legacy of the shop, such as his nine family members all being barbers. Yes that's right. Nine. There's his brother, father, wife, daughter, son, cousins, and so on. Even one of his employees who had worked every single day since 1949 left such an impact, he got into Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Image Courtesy of Zack McCarthy View File Details Page

Eye Catching Storefront

Eye Catching Storefront

Hersheys barber shop is still in Medina, standing as a reminder of the 1950s when it was established. The barber shop still keeps its original design and style letting people enjoy its place in Medina square. Image Courtesy of Zack McCarthy View File Details Page

1950's Traditions

1950's Traditions

While a regular day in the 1950s continues, Hersheys Barber Shop has its chairs filled with happy costumers. Hershey's still upholds the old time tradition of going to your local Barber. In 1950 Don Hershey's father Carl bought Gooden's barber shop and his family moved to Medina from Grafton. The barber shop has been known as "Hershey's" ever since. By being such a local community Hershey's barber shop had many regular customers. Many customers are still comming. One customer, Mike, has been comming to Hershey's for a haircut for 50 years. Another has been comming since the 1950s. And still another customer has been comming since 1933. With Medina's massive population growth, there were a lot more people living in Medina. "Hair is always growing," says Don, and with all the new people moving to Medina, that meant a lot more hair to cut. A barber shop supplier called Hershey's barber shop the second buisest barber shop in Northeast Ohio. The first busiest has 9 haircutting chairs, while Hershey's only has 4. The chairs date back to 1926, from another barber shop in Medina that is no longer in business. Image Courtesy of Gary Thomas View File Details Page

Before Hershey's Barber Shop

Before Hershey's Barber Shop

The Medina Court House does not know when this building was built. On April 14, 1870, a large portion of the Medina square was burned down. Then the buildings were built back up. The earliest knowledge of this building is that it was a butcher shop in 1911, run by Henry Young. In 1925 Carl T. Earl plumbing & heating had residence of the building. n 1926 the building was used as a radio shop. Later in 1926 Clyde C 'Shorty' Gooden moved from his barbershop on South Court street to this building. His chair was roughly 2/3 the size of the chairs currently used at Hershey's. In 1933 an Ohio law was passed which made all future barbers after this point first obtain a barbers license. Image Courtesy of Gary Thomas View File Details Page

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Stephen Fetsko Jr.; Zack McCarthy; Ben Piehl; Tyler Good, “Hershey's Barber Shop,” Discover Medina, accessed July 22, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/16.

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