Shaw's Oldest Barber Shop Gets a Makeover!
Frank Love, 81, has been cutting hair at Gregg’s Barber Shop since 1961. The shop, at 1909 7th Street, NW in Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood, has been there since 1913. No one remembers who Gregg was, but the five chair shop, which still charges old school prices ($14.00 for haircuts), will get a makeover from volunteers this weekend as part of an annual community spruce up event.
Shaw Main Streets, the neighborhood’s commercial revitalization and historic preservation organization, has been conducting Keep Shaw Beautiful Day since 2005, on the Saturday closest to Earth Day. This year, instead of picking up trash or planting tree boxes, volunteers will be installing new flooring and repainting the shop’s interior, which has been showing its age.
CMT Design Build, a Shaw-based construction contracting company, is donating the labor for the new floor covering. Volunteers from the Howard University chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the neighborhood will be doing the painting. The paint and floor covering is being provided with funding from the Department of Small and Local Business Development’s DC Main Streets program. Other partners include Lee's Flower and Card Shop and Convention Floral.
Work will begin on Friday, April 22, 2016 and continue through Sunday, April 24, 2016. Volunteers can contact Shaw Main Streets at 202-265-SHAW or [email protected] for more information.
The new look Gregg’s Barber Shop will reopen on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM. The shop is open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday and can be reached at 202-745-9183.