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WATCH: Lakewood Barber Looks Back on 60-Year Career

Paul Mediate has owned and operated the Belle Barber Shop on Detroit Avenue for 49 years.

Paul Mediate followed in his father’s footsteps as a barber, when he started cutting hair when he was 13 years old.

That was 60 years ago. For the past 49 of those years, Mediate’s owned and operated the in Lakewood.

The space — at 14530 Detroit Avenue — has been a barber shop since the building was constructed in 1917.

In his 60-year career, Mediate estimates he’s given nearly 300,000 haircuts. 

Mediate said that men don’t get as many haircuts as they used to, and no one really gets their shoes shined anymore. But business, despite the recession, rolls on. And he has no plans to retire.

It should also be noted that the Belle Barber Shop was picked by Lakewood Patch readers as the .

Jolene Simon August 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Here's to another 49 years! You are a example of what makes Lakewood great.
Sandra Rodriguez August 31, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Nice story. Enjoyed it.
Gale Yantek August 31, 2012 at 04:18 PM
This is the kind of story that makes me feel good and brings a tear to my eye, the good kind of tear!
Collins Andrews September 14, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Great place, I'm nearly 60 yrs old and Paul had cut both my older brother Gary's hair and mine since he took over the shop. Paul is a great guy as well as a very talented barber. Thanks Paul!

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