Across from the Oland Brewery on Agricola Street sits a North End institution. Started by Issac Demone in 1928, Demone Barber Shop claims to be Halifax’s oldest barber shop, and still offers old-school styles and service.
Since July 2008, New Glasgow native Jonathan Stickney has been serving the diverse clientele with what was described by one customer as “old-school style and service.” Long-time customer Robert Black says, “I like coming in to talk all the latest local gossip, get a haircut and service at a fair and reasonable price.”
Another customer waiting for a cut hails Stickney as “The master of the military flattop.” The shop has a regular clientele of military personnel. Occasionally, Stickney meets new transfers who stop in based on referrals. There are several customers who followed him from where he used to work in Spryfield. While Halifax Magazine is visiting, a 89-year old Truro resident walks in, telling Stickney that he was last in the shop 80 years ago, when he was nine. He just happened to be in the area and was so amazed it was still there that he had to come in.
Stickney keenly understands the responsibility of owning a business with such a history in its community. “When I bought the business, I bought all of the amazing history that came with it,” he says.
Demone Barber Shop is located at 3078 Agricola Street.