Valley Center barber retiring after 52 years

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The namesake to Larry's Barber Shop on Main Street in Valley Center will begin retirement this weekend.

Larry Norstedt will give his last haircut on Saturday, after serving as a barber for 52 years.

"It's hard. One of the harder things I've had to do. I didn't think when I got into this profession that it'd be like this, but the people are great," said Norstedt.

After five decades of cutting hair and hearing of the town's news, he is ready for retirement.

"I've been blessed with a lot of good years," he said.

But the barber shop will not be closing their doors.

Instead, Nick Lewis will take over. He has been cutting hair at the shop for the last six years.

"Nick has been really, really good, been great. For him to want to take over the barber shop, that's what really makes me happy," said the 71-year-old, who is looking forward to retirement. 

Retirement will include hunting, fishing, cheering on the Wildcats and Shockers, as well as spending more time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

What attributed to the success of his long time career? 

He said, "I do my best on every haircut. I do my best. I treat people how I would want to be treated by people."

And he added these words of advice that have become his life's motto.

"My mother used to always say, 'There's some good in everybody.' You just treat people good. Most people's going to treat you back good." 

A retirement party will be held for him on Sat., Jan. 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Valley Center Community Center, 314 East Clay.