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College Barber Shop to close after decades on State Street

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MADISON (WKOW)-- The College Barber shop, a State Street staple, is closing it's doors next month.

For more than eight decades the shop is where you could go for a hair cut and a straight razor shave.

“I think people like to come to a place where you can get your neck shaved with the hot cream and hot lather,” said Larry Cobb, the current owner. “That's something that's kind of gone by the wayside.”

Cobb joined the team in 1978 and took over as owner in 2007.

“It's just a fun place to be,” he said. “You acquire a lot of customers and they become really good friends over time.”

The face of State Street has changed over the years but inside the barbershop, time has stood still. The chairs are from the 1940s and the walls are lined with Madison and in particular Badger history.

But the tradition is coming to an end. The building where the barber shop is located, is slated for renovations and the rent will be too high for Cobb to renew the lease.

Cobb says it will be hard to hang up his scissors.

“I'm kinda sad because you get used a routine after a bit,” he said. “And I like my routine.”

But it'll be the people standing next to him everyday that he'll miss the most.

“I'm gonna miss it and some of the friendships that were built up along the way.”

The exact closing date hasn't been announced, but it's likely going to be mid-September.

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