The LA Times ran a beautiful story this morning (covered in our local paper the Arizona Republic) about Elvie Lewis, a 94-year old barber in Los Angeles who is still cutting hair.
The article says:
Longtime customers praise his $15 haircuts and his upbeat attitude.
Through the years, Lewis mastered each new style that came along. There was the buzz cut of the 1950s, the bushy Afro of the ’60s, the dreadlocks and cornrows of the ’70s, the 1980s’ mullet, the high-top fade of the ’90s and today’s high-and-tight.
“My favorite style is what they ask for,” he says with a grin. In his zip-up barber’s smock, the short, cheerful-looking Lewis favors a short crop on his own receding gray hairline.
Customers said it’s his smile and encouraging outlook on life – just as much as the haircut he gives – that keep them coming back.
We often look for business inspiration from high-flying social media-fueled internet startup cool cats with fancy tools.
I think Mr. Lewis trumps them all:
“My favorite style is what they ask for.”
Read the article here.