Column: A 72-year era ends as Chris at Svend’s takes down his pole

CHRIS HOLLERUP STANDS behind the chair at which he’s cut hair since the 1970s. Svend’s, opened by Chris’ father, has given trims at 110 Watson St. since 1945. Ian Stepleton photo

THREE MORNINGS A week, Chris Hollerup buttons up his shirt, puts on a tie and heads downtown.

As his father did before him, he opens the door to 110 Watson St. and waits for customers to arrive.

For 72 years, Svend’s has stood on the downtown Ripon square, helping men (and sometimes women) look their best.

But business isn’t like it once was — and neither is Chris.

Though, in some ways, time appears to have stood still inside the traditional barber shop, it’s not been entirely kind.

“My health isn’t [great]; it’s getting a little more difficult for me,” Chris admits, maybe with a bit of reluctance — before chuckling, “I’ve been [cutting hair] for about 46 years now; some people think I’m just getting the hang of it now.”

If that’s the case, then this month he’ll get to do something few are able to do: go out on top.

On Thursday, Dec. 31, Svend’s will close for good (with his last day likely Dec. 28).

And when it does, Ripon will lose what may be the last of the old guard of formal barbers. ...

To read the entire column, see the Dec. 7, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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