Barber, Ed Shifflett, Celebrates 50 Years in Business

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On August 01, Ed Shifflett and his barbershop in downtown Charlottesville will celebrate 50 years in the community. Walking into Charlottesville Barbers is like stepping back in time. A spinning barber's pole outside and a smile inside have welcomed customers at Ed Shifflett's barbershop since 1961.

"I still enjoy it after 50 years and I hope to make it another three or four," Ed said.

Ed opened his first barbershop on Main Street then purchased property on East Jefferson Street and built his shop where it stands today. The business has grown over the years to include three full time barbers.

Wilbur Shifflett, a distant relative, has been cutting hair by Ed's side for 46 years.

"I work the middle of the week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday," Wilbur said.

Ed is known as the flat top king, a style once popular in the 1950's. Ed said it died out when the Beatles arrived in the United States in the 1960's with that long hair.

"It ran the barber business down," Ed said.

But some things have stood the test of time. Generations of customers have been coming here to get that $12 clean cut look.

Montie Bryant has been getting his hair cut at Ed's barbershop for 30 years.

"And both of my sons come," Bryant said.

Ellen Patterson is one of the barbers and said the mood is always upbeat.

"We laugh and cut-up and we do talk about everything in here," Patterson said.

Ed was born on a farm in Rockingham County. He was a firefighter in Charlottesville but said he always wanted to be a barber. He'll be 82 in September and credits his success by getting up early every day and working out before going to work. He walks 12 miles a week and lifts weights.

The barbershop is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Charlottesville Barbers
820 E Jefferson St, Charlottesville
(434) 295-7349