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SYSK: Long-time Denver barber set to retire his scissors


Duane Harms opened Duane's Barber Shop on Main Street in Denver 49 years ago, and he's finally ready to give his hands a rest from cutting hair.

"I'm 80. It's about time I quit, don't you think?" said Duane Harms.

So why did he keep at it for so long?

"Oh, I don't know. I just enjoy coming down," he said.

Duane's Barber Shop offers haircuts for $10 and shaves for $6.50. Duane learned his trade at barber college in the 1960s. He said he wanted a profession that allowed him to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so he decided to be a barber.

In 49 years of business, Duane's cut a lot of hair. In some families, four generations worth of it.

Mark Gielau started getting his hair cut by Duane as a kid, and he still continues the tradition.

"For conversation and for a hair cut," said Mark Gielau.

Duane said it's his loyal customers, like Mark, who've kept him in business all these years.

When he underwent heart surgery two years ago he had to close down for awhile, but many customers came back.

And it's not just people in Denver, Duane appreciates the support from surrounding communities, too.

"Oh, they're just great," he said.

Duane said he's ready to retire, but he'll definitely miss chatting with his customers.

"It's been a cheerful place to come to for 49 years," said Harms.

49 years of cutting hair and shaving faces is coming to an end, but it's certainly been a good run for Duane Harms.

Duane's last day is September 30th, but his business isn't closing.

A female barber is taking over, even keeping the familiar name "Duane's Barber Shop."

During retirement, Duane plans to visit his children and grandchildren more.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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