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When the blue- and red-striped pole outside of Larry’s Barber Shop stopped working around the holidays, customers didn’t think the shop was open.


Larry Horstdaniel shows off his new barber pole, which was repaired as a surprise from his customers.

Larry’s has been a downtown fixture for 57 years, and regular customers have had their hair cut by Larry for almost that long.

They know he’s open for business when the pole is spinning.

“The pole just gave out,” said Larry Horstdaniel, owner of the shop on Madison Street.

The pole has been there longer than Larry’s, so the owner is not sure how old it is exactly.

With barber shops and their traditional poles going by the wayside, there aren’t many places that sell replacement parts.

Horstdaniel called supply centers from coast to coast before finding one that would replace the entire pole for $650.

When long-time customer Tom Riedl found out the pole wasn’t working, he secretly arranged to have the pole replaced.

Riedl approached the building owners, Stokes Electric, to fix the pole.

The owners agreed, so when Roger Stokes, part-owner of Stokes Electric, overheard Horstdaniel talking to an insurance adjuster about replacing the pole, he had to convince the barber to cancel the arrangements.

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