Stamford’s longest-serving barber hangs up his clippers after 42 years
Stamford’s longest-serving barber has retired after running a shop in the town for an impressive 42 years.
Mimmo Florio, 62, opened Mimmo’s Barbershop, in Scotgate, on September 1, 1975 and has welcomed thousands of customers through his doors since then.
After working his final day in the shop on Wednesday, Mimmo has handed over control of the business to barber Lee Sales, 33, who has worked alongside him for two-and-a-half years.
Mimmo, who lives in Falkirk Close, Stamford, with wife Mandy said he will miss his customers.
He said: “I was just 21 when I opened up here after previously working with my dad who had a shop where Melvyn Patrick is now [in Ironmonger Street].
“I didn’t expect to be here so long. I have seen so many customers over the years – some whose hair I cut when children are now family men, others have sadly passed away.
“Many have become friends, rather than just customers, and I will miss them.
“I feel really lucky to have run a successful business for so long and am very grateful to everyone who has supported me over the years.”
While fashions have changed over the years, the close bond between barber and customer has not.
Mimmo added: “Lots of styles have come and gone - we’ve had mullets, punk styles, all sorts.
“Chatting in the chair you get to know people pretty well.
“I’m sad to be saying goodbye but the shop is in very safe hands with Lee. He’s a great barber and will do a good job here.”
Known for his sense of humour and knowledge of current affairs, Mimmo will be missed by his many customers.
Lee, who lives in Bourne, intends to rename the business Lee’s Barbershop.
He said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Mimmo over the years and everyone wishes him well in retirement.
“He’s the last of a dying breed. There’s an old saying ‘if you wan’t to know anything, ask your barber’, and that applies to Mimmo because he knows everything and everyone in Stamford.
“In recent times he has only been working one day a week, but I’ll miss him. It’s the end of an era.”
Roger Curtis, 61, who runs The Hairhouse in St Paul’s Street, Stamford, worked at Mimmo’s Barbershop for five years in the early 1980s.
He said: “It was my first job after training in Leicester and I have very fond memories of working with Mimmo.
“I wish him well and hope he enjoys his retirement.”
Mimmo said he intends to take up golf, and to spend more time caring for his elderly mother.