LIVONIA, Mich. (WXYZ) - A father and son are celebrating a special anniversary today. It's the 50th year of their community barbershop where customers go for the haircuts and stay for the conversation.
Roger's Barbershop opened in 1964 in a new shopping center on 5 Mile in Livonia. At first, they were just two guys sharing a dream. Eventually they were joined by a third and now a half century later they're still going strong and keeping another generation of metro Detroit men looking their best.
"I never knew it was going to last 50 years," says Roger Hawraney.
His partner Bernie echoes that sentiment. "We're glad we're healthy and successful."
It all started when Roger Hawraney was working at a barbershop in Dearborn in 1964. He hoped to someday own his own shop and shared his dream with his pal Mike Ilitch.
Ilitch would go on to build a Little Caesars on the property, telling Roger about the property as well. Roger's shop would open next door.
Over the years, the shop has seen its share of famous faces. One of the biggest names to visit the shop… Muhammad Ali.
"He sat in that last chair. He was holding and reading Sports Illustrated and he was on the cover of it!"
In 1997, Mike Ilitch even brought the Stanley Cup in to make the customers proud.
50 years later, the shop is still making memories and keeping clients looking sharp.