Volunteers Give Century-Old DC Barber Shop a Makeover

The Shaw neighborhood's oldest barber shop has a brand new look.

Gregg's Barber Shop has been at 1909 7th Street NW since 1913.

Volunteers spruced up the place with a new paint job and a new floor covering over the weekend. The project was for Keep Shaw Beautiful Day, which is held every year on the Saturday closest to Earth Day.

Gregg's Barber Shop Manager Frank Love, 81, has been cutting hair at the shop since 1961 and says it has a lot of history.

"We had James Brown's band and band members come in and get their hair cut when they come into town and we had quite a few celebrities come around. So, it's been a nice run for me," Love said.

Shaw-based construction contracting company, CMT Design Build, donated the labor for the new floor covering, while volunteers from Howard University and the neighborhood painted the interior of the shop.

The paint and floor covering was funded by the Department of Small and Local Business Development’s DC Main Streets program.

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The five chair shop still charges old school prices, with haircuts for just $14.

Greegg's Barber Shop will reopen on Tuesday morning.

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