Haircuts and memories part of Newport barbershop

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Barber Marty Shirley, far right, cuts hair for some of his regular customers at The Barber Shop in Newport recently.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 09:13 PM.

Wedged in a little slice between the railroad tracks and Chatham Street is Newport’s only barbershop.

It’s simply called The Barber Shop.

Looking at the little whitewashed building from the street one would never figure it to be the museum that it is.

"You don’t know what you’re getting into until you walk in and then it’s almost overwhelming," said owner Marty Shirley.

The walls are covered with antiquated knick-knacks of every variety.

Retired fishing rods and lures, swords, and rusty hand tools share space with toy tractors, cases of old bottles and even album covers from The Beatles.

Marty’s old military school uniform hangs on a hook from a door.

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