By Carrie Dylag
Jake’s Barber Shop in Perry celebrated 100 years on Monday, Aug. 20 with coffee, snacks and recollection of fond memories.
The shop first opened in 1912 and was owned by Shorty Lanckton. The shop is named after Jake Jacuzzo, who began working for Lanckton as an apprentice. Jacuzzo attended Robert’s Barber School and graduated in 1955. He eventually bought the shop from Lanckton in 1963.
Talking with the customers or the two barbers at the shop, Barbara Mucher and Heidi Hoffman, it’s easy to get a sense of who Jacuzzo was.
“If it weren’t for him we wouldn’t have the opportunity to keep this going,” Mucher said. “He was so liked—everyone was welcome here, and he accepted everybody. He never turned anyone away.”
Hoffman laughed as she told a story of how Jacuzzo would say hi to anyone, even if he didn’t know them.
“He would say hi to everyone walking by, then ask me, ‘Who was that?’” she said. “I would always tell him ‘I don’t know, you were the one who said hi to them!’”
Mucher and Hoffman have tried to preserve his legacy and the old-fashioned atmosphere of the shop by continuing to be welcoming and carrying on other traditions that Jacuzzo had. The only complaint about the traditional feel is that the shop only accepts cash or check.
“We don’t accept credit or debit cards,” Hoffman said. “People get upset, but we are old-fashioned.”
Customer Bernie Hartman thinks the girls are doing a great job keeping up the shop.
“It’s a nice hometown barbershop. It makes you feel comfortable,” Hartman said. “They’re nice girls, you feel at home, the price is right and they do a good job.”