I went to barber school in 1964. I started barber school on a Tuesday and on Thursday I cut my first head of hair.
For decades, Allen Emken has been cutting and buzzing hair. For many men in Fremont, Emken is their go-to-guy.
Emken has worked at Grand Illusions in Fremont for the past six years, before that he owned his own shop. For Emken, the people seated in his chair have become more than just customers.
“He's one of my best friends and long time clients,” said Emken.
That’s why retirement will be bittersweet.
“That's the tough part for me, missing all my clients. They've become part of my extended family through the years you know,” said Emken.
Three weeks ago Emken decided it was time to retire.
“I was reading the newspaper and all of the sudden I had a revaluation and thought to myself, it's time,” said Emken.
Many are bummed their loyal barber will no longer be in business.
“I don't know where to go, so I'll just shave my head,” said Ron Schultz.
"I've got four gentlemen that want to be my last customer. I’m not sure how that is going to work out, but we'll work something out,” said Emken.
For Emken business over the past 50 years has been great, but who’s to say retirement won’t be just as fun?
Emken says he already has big plans for retirement. He has a few trips planned and can’t wait to spend more time with his classic cars.