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2007-03-15 / Scene

Barber has witnessed much Goodrich history

Michael Selecky

By Michael Selecky
VIEW Intern

GOODRICH — Having been in business since 1919, with only three different owners in the span, Ken’s Barber Shop in Goodrich could be considered a local landmark. Many generations of fathers and sons have been coming to the Hegel Road location for haircuts, atmosphere and a taste of Goodrich history.
“People come here from all over the place. Not just Goodrich,” current owner Ken Seams said. “Maybe it’s because I’ve been all over, I don’t know.”
Seams’s training began with three years of service as a military barber, after which he enrolled at the Flint School of Barbering in 1962. The institution previously stood in the area where the University of Michigan-Flint is currently located.
After working in five separate barber shops, four in Flint and one in Union Lake, Seams went on to own and operate the Oxford Barber Shop for five years.
In 1978, he learned that Lowell’s Barber Shop in Goodrich was for sale. Its then-owner, Lowell Wells, had owned and operated the shop since 1959. After Seams purchased the barber shop, he learned that he was only the third owner the shop had had. Wells bought the barber shop from original owner L.D. Frick, who owned it for 40 years.
Since taking over, Seams has taken an active interest in the Goodrich area, particularly its athletes. “The next team I sponsor in the Goodrich Youth Baseball League will be my 30th,” he said. “I’ve got one for every year I’ve been in business.”
Seams also is a big fan of high school sports. “Kids come in here from Grand Blanc, Lapeer. This isn’t just a Goodrich High School barber shop,” he said.
Some prominent athletes whose hairstyles Seams has shaped include Ortonville High School graduate Matt Lentz, who went on to play offensive line at the University of Michigan and Kirk Elsworth, a Goodrich grad who is currently playing football for Western Michigan University.
“I’ve raised two kids here in Goodrich,” Seams said. “It’s a nice area with good people.”

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