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Historic Denver barber shop to close after 65 years

Our Colorado: Owner decided not to renew lease
Posted at 6:31 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 20:35:21-04

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DENVER – After 65 years, a barber shop on 8th Avenue will close up shop for good at the end of the month.

O’Brien’s Tonsorial Parlor, on 8th Ave. near Colorado Blvd., will officially close on Oct. 31.

“It’s been my life,” said Dick Alderson, the owner of the shop.

Alderson received news last year that his landlord would not renew the lease. Alderson told Denver7 later on he had the option to renew the lease, but decided not to and move on.

“I’m going to miss this place,” Alderson said. “Lots of memories, lots of great people,” he said. 

For 65 years, Alderson and his fellow barbers cut the hair of people ranging from medical students to Colorado Rockies players.

Alderson said it’s time to move on, but has one wish since the Colorado Rockies are in the playoffs.

“If they could get to the World Series that would be amazing,” Alderson said. “It would be all the pressure on them, but no pressure on us.”