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86-year-old barber has no plans to cut career short

on October 13, 2016

El Cerrito hosts many long-lived shops on San Pablo Avenue, but Grand Barber Shop has been around for more than 30 years now.

Shop owner and barber Jerry Sandlin is originally from Pomona, California. He trained as a barber in the Marines and worked at a shop in Albany before buying the shop in El Cerrito.

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to own a barber shop,” he said.

Today, Jerry and the Grand Barber Shop are El Cerrito icons, with many loyal customers.

Sandlin continues to cut hair at the age of 86, and said he will continue as long as he is able.

His daughter-in-law, Laura Sandlin, who works as a barber alongside Jerry, supports his decision.

Jerry said his goal is to continue cutting hair for 20 more years.

1 Comment

  1. Dave on October 15, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Great story about a great man. Jerry has been cutting my hair since my mom rolled me and my baby buggy into his Albany shop for my first haircut. A fact that Jerry has never forgotten. And neither will I. That was well over 50 years ago and he still cuts my hair to this day!

    When Jerry stops cutting hair, I will either have to go bald, become a hippie, or die before he does. I think the latter is more likely to happen.

    Jerry Sandlin – A true legend.

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