The always lively Doc’s Barber Shop is moving a short distance from its current location to a Main Street storefront in Dickson.
Ron Long is the current owner of the oldest barbershop in the city. Whiteway Barber Shop was established in 1919 on Main Street. In the 1940s it moved to College Street before finally settling in Ragan’s Arcade in the 1970s. It is then that Long took over the business and changed the name to Doc’s Barber Shop, a reference to his job in the military as a medic.
Currently the barber shop is tucked away inside the arcade. Long said that “a barbershop needs to be visible” so he is moving the business to the front of the arcade.
The new location is bigger, more visible, and remains in a popular downtown location.
Although the barber shop closed briefly from March-May last year because of the pandemic, almost as soon as it reopened business began to boom.
Long said he has a lot of customers from Tennessee, but an increasing number of customers from out of state since the reopening.
On an average day Doc’s Barber Shop has about 50 customers (including Saturdays when they are open only six hours). Long said that most Saturdays when he arrives to work there is already a line of people in the hall outside the shop, ready to occupy the two barber chairs.
While there is no definite date for the move yet, construction is scheduled to be completed June 15. The new location is twice the size of the current one. Long hopes to add two more chairs there as well as a larger waiting area so customers are not sitting in the arcade hallway while waiting for their trim.
Long will be away for a bit after that date because of his obligations in the Tennessee Army National Guard. That means a “Grand Reopening” possibly could happen sometime during the first week of July.
Long said he doesn’t want more locations, and he enjoys the social aspect of the barber shop.
“We don’t have a TV for a reason,” Long said.