Monday, August 3, 2009

Off The Top Barber Shop

Off The Top Barber Shop has been in business in east Ocala for 32 years. Bill (in red) has worked at the shop for 25 years; Joel (in purple) for almost as long; and Marty (in black) has also been there for 25 years.



Joel relaxing after cutting my hair



Bill hard at work



I took a photo of Marty inside at her chair, but unfortunately, it did not turn out. Next time, Marty.

27 comments:

melanie said...

Joël est-il un géant ?

Don and Krise said...

Interesting. I went by the barber's shop who used to cut my father's hair when I was young. I'm talking 40+ years ago. He hasn't retired. He had all his equipment sitting outside while several men were installing new wood flooring. Seems he plans on being there a while longer. I applaud these three for being so loyal to there customers for so long.

Olivier said...

reportage original sur ton coiffeur. Il reste peu de "barber shop" en France, c'est souvent maintenant des franchises de grandes marques.

Reporting on your original hairdresser. It left many "barber shop" in France, it is often now franchises brands

cieldequimper said...

Jacob, that's a lovely post!

Vogon Poet said...

Very nice group of people, my favorite is the one with Bill at work. I have to check my former barber: he's practically an Al Pacino look alike.

Wolynski said...

Love these old time barber shops - I guess that's one thing you can't oursource. Great photos.

Kcalpesh said...

Looks like a nice place to get a hair cut... nice people too.. :-) How much time do they generally take only for a haircut?

Cezar and Léia said...

It looks such a cool place! and people there looks very kind as well!
Beautiful pictures!And about your look like? Did you liked it?
Léia

Leif Hagen said...

I need a haircut - how much $?

B SQUARED said...

"A little off the top," that's what I used to say when I had a little bit on top.

Prospero said...

"Off the Top" is such a great name. And it really says something that those people have been working there for 25 years.

James said...

I hope my wife doesn't see this because It's right around the time that she starts bugging me to get my hair cut.
You see I blog so much that I need a barber that makes house calls and cuts will I post and make comments. :-)
That looks like my kind of place though.

Halcyon said...

How's your hair looking? That's the important thing!

Jacob said...

@ James - I know what you mean...perhaps we both need to get a life!

Lois said...

That's a great name for a barbershop! My Dad used to say that all the time. They look like they really enjoy their work.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Jacob, that's great! I love people shots! Thanks for the lovely portrait. This is a wonderful slice of Ocala life! Looking forward seeing Marty in action. (;

Jarart said...

I like the name too. These would make fantastic advertising shots.

Daryl said...

He looks exhausted .. you must have a lot of hair .. :-D

Jacob said...

@ Melanie - Oui! But a very nice geant!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

A combined 83 years. Next time you are there, thank them for staying in one place for so long. A good barber does more for PR in a town than just about anyone!

Asta said...

Hi Jacob,

Great pictures!
Off the Top is a funny name for a barbershop. On the other hand that's what one gets in a barber shop, isn't it!?!-:))

Have a wonderful day!

Best regards
Asta

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I bet after all this time they do a great job! Nice post, Jacob!

Per Stromsjo said...

Barbers never retire. They might ride away in the sunset but they never retire. (Which reminds me, I ought to go see mine tomorrow.)

Lee Spangler said...

"Gimme head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming,
Streaming, flaxen, waxen

Give me down to there hair
Shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there mama
Everywhere daddy daddy

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair" 1968

Leif Hagen said...

Hair, chair, flair, care, bear, hair, wear, dare, mare, rare, hair, pear, "Nare"!

Just practicing my extraordinary rhyming skills on your fun blog! Hope you don't mind!

Marie said...

Dear Jacob, thank you so much again for what you did for me.

I'd like to take "portraits" of people. Portraits are my favorite kind of photos.

Jacob said...

@ Safe Leif - No, I don't mind at all. But next time put away the rhyming dictionary!

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson