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Local barber shop honored for fifty years of business

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 5:06pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 6:20pm

It's a rare sight these days to see an old fashioned barber shop, still in business. That's why one local shop is being honored for staying open for more than half a century. "Well its been hard at times to make a living, you know, but its been good to me," said Jimmy Rushing, who opened Broadway Barber Shop in downtown Mineola on November 2, 1961. It wasn't his dream to be a barer, but something he could do to provide for his family. "Just needing a job and just cutting hair beat picking cotton," said Rushing.

For fifty three years, his shop has had the same location, chairs, coke machine, and of course, barber. Rushing has been cutting the hair of any East Texan who walked through the door. Because of his success, Rushing's shop was recently named a Texas treasure by State Senator Kevin Eltife, State Representative Bryan Hughes, the Texas Historical Commission and the city. Rushing said, "I guess its an honor to be in business that long in one place."

From humble beginnings,his barber shop has grown to be a treasure in the eyes of the town. "You meet lots of people you know, and interesting stories they tell," said Rushing. "As long as he's here I wouldn't go get a haircut anywhere else," said Kelly McDaniel, who has been going to Broadway Barber shop since he was a kid. McDaniel looks back, and said, "we used to come in here everyday and hang around and mess with him when we were about 12 years old." Rushing says it's the people like, McDaniel, that keep him coming back to work everyday, saying,"different people coming in, like that boy there, I hadn't seen him in 20 something years."

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