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Mesa barber celebrates 99th birthday with customers!

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 20:10:05-05

MESA, AZ — His business card reads "Arizona's oldest active barber" and he's adding another year to the title.

Joe Davis, 99, celebrated his birthday with customers Thursday. He's run Joe's Barber Shop near University Drive and Horne Road in Mesa since roughly 1970. He told ABC15 he's been a barber since roughly 1940.

"My dad's sister married a guy from Arkansas that was a barber and he was driving a nice '29 Chevy," he said, laughing. "I thought I might like it."

With food served out front, several longtime customers inside said Joe is a big reason why they've kept coming back.

"I think the atmosphere and the conversation is a big part of it," said customer Rod Tolman.

ABC15 asked Davis after so many years, what advice does he give to new employees?

"Make good hair cuts," Davis said.