“I grew up in a barber shop,” said Kerry Casebier, third generation barber and owner of Terrace Barber Shop in Marietta.
Four generations of Casebiers have been barbers including Kerry Casebier’s grandfather Edwin, father Wayne, and his son Clint, fourth-generation, who graduated from Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs and works at Terrace Barber Shop. Two other multi-generational barbers, Dean Holt (third) and Harvey Pfeiffer (second) work at the shop as well.
Kerry Casebier’s brothers, Kevin and Kraig, also barbered at the shop at one time. His wife, Debbie, and sister-in-law are stylists at other locations.
“It’s a family curse,” Kerry Casebier joked. The Casebiers have another son, Cody.
Terrace Barber Shop has been on Windy Hill Road since 1983 when his father moved from Louisville, Ky., and opened the shop.
“When (my dad) started they were the only business on the corner. We’re the oldest thing in the shopping center. From Terrell Mill down to the (Chattahoochee) river we might be the oldest running business in this area,” the west Cobb resident said.
Kerry Casebier’s mother preferred Kentucky so Casebier took over the shop in 1985. There were two things Casebier swore he would never do — cut hair and leave Kentucky.
“You see where I’m at and what I’m doing,” Casebier said, laughing. He started cutting hair at age 20.
“We’re too dumb to do anything else,” Casebier teased. “You try to do other things but it’s just something you migrate to. It starts out with what my dad told me. Start cutting hair and you can support yourself while you find something else you want to do.”
Barbering is in Casebier’s blood, and he likes the interaction with his clients. “I’ve never minded going to work. You get to meet a lot of interesting people. It wouldn’t be fun if you didn’t have relationships,” he said.
Listening is an important part of Casebier’s 60-hour workweek. He estimates he gives 20 haircuts per day, five days a week. “You’ve got to be able to listen to people and interpret what they want. You’ve got to have an artistic knack,” he said.
“We’re an old-fashioned barber shop. We’re not a salon. We have a lot of CEOs that come to get a haircut because they just want a haircut” Casebier said.
The shop is at 3000 Windy Hill Road SE at Windy Hill and Powers Ferry roads.