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Longtime barber retires

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Barber shops are quickly becoming a thing of the past, but one in Stevens Point is thriving. But after almost six decades of cutting hair, the owner is leaving.

Jim Graboski has been cutting hair almost his whole life. He bought his store back in 1961 and named it Jim's Barber Shop.

"There's a lot of memories here," Graboski said.

Something else there was a lot of—laughter and jokes.

Graboski says his customers come from all walks of life.

"You get doctors, lawyers, judged, railroad guys, farmers," Graboski said.

Those customers aren't afraid to give him a run for his money.

"They sometimes give you a hard time. You can fight back if you want, or you can just let it go," Graboski said.

Over the years, Graboski says strangers have become more than just customers.

"They're family. You bet they are," Graboski told Newsline 9.

But now it's time to say goodbye and it's sure to be an emotional one.

"I tell you, there's a lot of teary eyed guys," Graboski said.

Graboski says he's not sure what's next. But he's excited to find out.

"Going to do the good things, just take it easy," Graboski said.

Luckily, the name of the shop will remain the same. The new owner's name is also Jim.

"I won't have to change a thing," the new owner, Jim Call, said.

Graboski says he'll be back again, but next time as a customer.

"I'm going to get my hair cut here, you bet. I'll be here," Graboski said.

A bet that's a shear thing.

Jim's last day is Dec. 28. He plans to give the final haircuts to his three sons.

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