Plymouth’s last independent barber shop closing
From the outside Oakwood Barbers looks like just another business in just another strip mall. But on the inside it's more like a museum.

"It's the old style barber shop," said Vern Bristow, who has been going to Oakwood since the 1980s. "Not too many of them around anymore."

Oakwood is chock full of trinkets, signs and barber chairs that span many generations.

"That one's probably from the 50s or 60s," said owner Greg Scruton as he pointed to chairs around the shop. "Those are from the 50s and that one's 1932."

In an era of chains and salons, Barber shops are rare these days. Oakwood is on an island.

"There's just a difference on how we do things from the chain to here," Scruton said. "We don't do any appointments."

Oakwood has been in Plymouth since 1959, but will soon move to Medina and be replaced by a CVS drug store.

"It's like home," Scruton said. "You're here all the time and you got a whole bunch of friends and customers and people you've gotten to know."

Scruton has run Oakwood for 22 years. He got into the barber business after having an epiphany about his once wild lifestyle.

"My occupation was basically partying," Scruton said.

During a stint in treatment for substance abuse, Scruton caught a break.

"Through that healing there was an offer to get a month's free tuition at the barber school," Scruton said.

Since that game-changing moment, cutting, clipping and trimming hair has been Scruton's forte.

"It's something that I can do as long as I can stand up and use my hands," Scruton said. "I can do it forever. It's a built in retirement program."

For Scruton, his job often is therapeutic.

"Bartenders sit around and play therapist and listen to your story," Scruton said. "We do the same thing here."

Oakwood Barbers will open in Medina Dec. 4, just a few miles away from the Plymouth location.

Eric Nelson, reporting



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