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Barbershop remains in family

Mother sells downtown Williamsport business to her daughter

January 22, 2011
  • Carol Harvey, left, has sold her business, Williamsport Barber Shop at 28 N. Conococheague St., to her daughter, Tammy Whitney.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — After a long career as a barber, Carol Harvey is happy to see her business continue in the hands of her daughter.

Harvey, who comes from a long line of barbers (see the old pictures in the shop of her uncles and grandfather), started her career in 1973, when she attended the Bladensburg (Md.) Barber School. She settled in Williamsport, where she started her own barbershop, Williamsport Barber Shop, at 28 N. Conococheague St.

Harvey said she really enjoys her customers, who have become great friends and acquaintances through the business and town. But she said it is time to cut back to Thursdays and Fridays after selling the business to her daughter, Tammy Whitney.

Whitney, who worked as a legal assistant, decided to change careers and follow in the family footsteps. She attended Avara's Academy of Hair Design, a barber school in Dundalk, Md.

After barber school, she worked at various shops before deciding to purchase her mother's business. Although Whitney took cosmetology in high school, she found barbering to be her passion.

The Williamsport Barber Shop "Downtown" has more than 50 years of experience and is an old-fashioned barbershop for men and boys. It offers the traditional art of barbering with a neck shave or a hot-lather face shave. The shop is two doors down from the pharmacy and directly across from Third Base Tavern.

The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. It is closed Sunday and Wednesday. No appointments are necessary; it is a walk-in-only shop. The phone number is 301-223-8220.

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