West Shore Plaza Barbershop Celebrates 60 Years: Third-generation Family Barbering Business in Lemoyne, Pa., Thrives in a World of e-Commerce

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The West Shore Plaza Barbershop will proudly celebrate 60 years in business and three generations of ownership on June 26, 2018. Owner Duane Kennedy will host a community ”barbershop party” at his shop in the West Shore Plaza, 1200 Market Street, Lemoyne, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with hot dogs and refreshments.

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Duane Kennedy, owner of the West Shore Plaza Barbershop in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, is the third-generation owner of his shop, which celebrates 60 years in business on June 26, 2018.

You can’t get a haircut online which makes the Plaza Barbershop such a retail treasure. The level of attention and care Duane brings every day—some mornings beginning at 6 a.m.—is the reason he sees four generations of customers. The stories those two barber chairs could tell would be amazing!

It’s not often that a small, family-owned business survives three generations of ownership, but the West Shore Plaza Barbershop will proudly celebrate 60 years in business on June 26, 2018. Owner Duane Kennedy will host a community ”barbershop party” at his shop in the West Shore Plaza, 1200 Market Street, Lemoyne, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with hot dogs and refreshments.

When the West Shore Plaza Barbershop first opened its doors in 1958, Dwight D. Eisenhower was our nation’s President, the price of gas was 25 cents, and America was in an economic downturn. Many business owners were closing their doors, but the West Shore Plaza’s neighborhood barber stood strong.

“My wife’s father, Judd Brouse, and grandfather, Richard Beck, were the original founders of the West Shore Plaza Barbershop,” says Kennedy. “I joined the family business in 1995 and became owner in 2005 when my father-in-law made the decision to retire.”

When asked why he believes the business has reached 60 years, Kennedy answered, “Good customer service, friendly barbers, great haircuts, and loyal customers are the recipe for a successful business.”

Known for their neighborhood charm, laid-back vibes, and affordable prices, the West Shore Barbershop is a family favorite for first haircuts as well as trims for 90-somethings. For the last 17 years, Kennedy has been joined by barber John Haines, and 12 years ago, Keith Husson joined the team. The three offer world-class customer service to families all over central Pennsylvania.

“Hosting more than 60% small, local business owners, the West Shore Plaza is a neighborhood destination where customers are like family to our shop owners. You can’t get a haircut online which makes the Plaza Barbershop such a retail treasure. The level of attention and genuine care Duane brings every day—some mornings beginning at 6 a.m.—is the reason he sees four generations of customers. The stories those two barber chairs could tell would be amazing!” says Rick Jordan III, President & CEO of Smith Land & Improvement Corporation and Owner of the West Shore Plaza. “Our Plaza is proud to be home to such a positive community asset, and we congratulate Duane on his milestone anniversary.”

According to Census data, barbering is the fastest-growing profession in the U.S. with barbershops predicted to reach an incredible $910 million in yearly revenue by 2020.

Kennedy and his staff invite clients, friends, and community members to join them on Tuesday, June 26, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for light refreshments as a thank you for their dedicated support. Join the anniversary conversation online by following the hashtag #WSPBarber60 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

ABOUT SMITH LAND & IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION
Founded in 1961, the company has a 57-year history of responsible and responsive commercial real estate development and land ownership. With a portfolio of nearly 50 properties and over 1 million SF throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the Smith Land team has chosen to concentrate 80 percent of its real estate investments in their own “front yard” of central Pennsylvania. “We do not outsource our eyes,” says Rick Jordan III, President & CEO. When Smith Land & Improvement Corporation is the developer, business builders and investors can expect a productive working relationship, high-caliber site selection, and easy access to business expansion.

ABOUT WEST SHORE PLAZA
Celebrating 64 years of retail services to the community, this landmark center sits on two high-traffic corridors connecting Harrisburg to the West Shore. With an attractive façade, easy access, and a striking digital sign, the West Shore Plaza continues to maintain high shopper volume and be a recognized shopping destination. The 22-store property features local and national retailers, as well as family businesses.

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