River Road Barber Shop in Fair Lawn a pillar of the community
The River Road Barber Shop is celebrating an anniversary in Fair Lawn. Owner Tony Veli has owned the business for 35 years and works with his son, Anthony.
Anthony started working as a barber full-time four years ago after previously pitching in on Saturdays.
“My father said he would let me work full-time when I got good enough,” he said.
Anthony went to college and after he graduated he was looking into another career when he decided his best path was to work with his father.
“My father sent me to college working at this barber shop,” Anthony said. “I wanted to pay him back by working at this shop and making sure his life’s work (barber shop) would not go to someone else and stay in the family”
The River Road Barber Shop is a traditional barber shop where “real men get their hair cut.” It’s not only for men though as they do cut some women’s hair and take care of children also as customers.
Anthony noted that some of the children whose hair his father cut when they were young have grown up and have started bringing in their children for haircuts.
“I have done four generations of hair cuts,” explained Tony.
In addition to hair cuts, the River Road Barber Shop offers the traditional hot shave with the hot towel and straight razor, something that most shops don’t offer today.
“It’s a dying art,” said Anthony of the hot shave.
The River Road Barber Shop is located on 12-52 River Road, Fair Lawn. Hours of operation are Tuesdays through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 201-797-4066 for more information.
OCTOBER 15, 2014 LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014, 11:09 AM
BY RICH MARDEKIAN
EDITOR | COMMUNITY NEWS (FAIR LAWN EDITION)