By Naomi Hatch
Martin Lucas, who has been the barber in Snowflake and Taylor area for the past 14 years, closed the doors of the Silver Creek Barber Shop for the last time May 30. Lucas retires with 33 years spent not just cutting hair and giving shaves, but being a friend to everyone who walked into his shop.
“There’s not much to tell,” said Lucas. “I just stood behind a chair.” Then he began to reminisce about many of the people he has met over the years and for close to an hour, he shared some wonderful memories.
He knows each of his clients and remembers what they have talked about during previous visits.
“It’s almost always been fun,” said Lucas. “Very few times did I have to talk myself into going into work.”
He is a man of few words when it comes to talking about himself, but sit in his barber chair and you talk throughout the hair cut.
“I’ve gone through a lot of stuff,” said Lucas.
Ernie Menchaca, who was in the chair, responded, “You went through my heart attack with me. I don’t know who I’m going to see now. You’ve got me spoiled.”
“I agonized for a month and a half, then made the decision to retire, walked out after giving my landlord notice…I felt low, but I opened this door and felt a weight off my shoulders,” he said.
Lucas has a barbershop decorated with antiques and full of good memories. His barber chair is 40 years old and the one in the back room is over 100 years old. His working cash register was manufactured in 1929 by National Cash Register Company. He hasn’t been able to find any information on the shoeshine chair, but he knows it’s an antique. His barbershop is a museum of the trade with pictures, razors, brushes and much, much more on the walls.
“I enjoy the people and the little kids. I’m going to miss those kids!” he said. He spoke of one boy he gave his first haircut and who is now in high school. “I felt like crying when I told him goodbye.”
“You are not going to find a better community than this one, it’s just not going to happen,” he said.