Ofbeat: Long Time Barber

January 30, 2006---Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Trumann, AR---Perry Sims Barber Shop is Trumann has been open for business for a very long time.  50 years in the same location with the same owner and operator, Perry Sims.

Perry set up shop in 716 Raceway street in Trumann back in 1956 and hasn't moved since.  He says there was a tough spell back in the 1970's, when long hair was the style, but he survived.  And Sims hasn't changed much in the shop, it's still got the same flooring and fixtures installed back in the early 60's, including an old rotary phone, that's a big hit with the kids.  Perry says most of them have never seen one and don't know how to work it.

Sims says the best part of his job is getting to know his customers and then their children and grand children.  As far as retirement, Sims says he'll keep on clipping and snipping as long as his legs will allow him to stand and his hands are ready and steady.