North Center barber retires after 41 years

June 30, 2013 4:44:39 AM PDT
After 41 years a barbershop in a Northwest Side neighborhood is closing its doors so the owner can retire.

Al Soehn says he's been working since he was 14 years old and now that he's 75 it's time to start a new chapter.

Saturday was his last day and generations of customers came by the shop for one last trim, and a chance to wish Soehn well.

"One of the best things about this neighborhood is this barbershop," Soehn said. "I got the best clientele. The nicest people you can have. I never had an argument with anybody. They're great."

"There's a little bit of bittersweet," said Steve Soehn, Al's son. "I've seen my dad create this, not just a barbershop, it's become an institution to the neighborhood. It's been wonderful."

Soehn says if his wife takes him shopping too much, he might return to cutting hair.

But he is planning to spend a lot of his time fishing.