He has cut generations of hair, but this Jackson barber retires and gives up his business

JACKSON, MI – Joann Stauff has been cutting Jackson’s hair for generations and has loved every second of it.

But after working for around 40 years, Stauff decided it’s time to hang up his clippers and switch his barber shop to longtime barber Carla Crawford, who’s been in the business for nearly 35 years.

“When I decided I wanted to retire, I knew who I wanted to send my clients to,” Stauff said.

Stauff has been interested in getting her hair done since she was in high school, but she really just wanted to cut people’s hair and not do any coloring or a lot of hairstyles, she said.

“I knew I didn’t want to shampoo a woman once a week, so my high school counselor suggested I go to a barber school, which I didn’t even know existed,” Stauff said.

He applied to Lansing Barber College in the 1980s and Stauff’s career took off from there. She started working in barber shops, starting with Joe Di Vietri’s Hair Co. in downtown Jackson and she moved to a few other places before landing at the Coachlight Barber Lounge on Airport Road Meijer, where she met Crawford. .

After years of building his clientele, Stauff decided it was time to start his own business, so he opened Clippers Barber Shop, 720 Madison St, which has been in business for 18 years.

“(I) cut the hair of the boys, who later became husband and father, and now I’m cutting their son’s hair,” Stauff said. “This is the biggest success of being in business for so long. It’s wonderful.”

Ever since it opened, the barber shop has served as a place for customers to come in to not only get their hair cut, but also to converse with her as they did, Stauff said.

“I had a guy who came in once a week who didn’t even come for a haircut, but just to talk,” she said.

Retired, Stauff plans to move in from Jackson with her husband, but wanted to make sure her clients were in good hands, so she contacted Crawford to send her clients to the Coachlight Barber Lounge. However, Crawford had a different idea: take over Stauff’s business entirely.

“I’ve had clients who told me when I told them I was moving that I should have done it a long time ago,” Crawford said. “It was just the perfect time.”

Crawford is thrilled to take over the company. It’s a big change from working in the same barber shop for about 34 years, he said.

“It’s mine, that’s the most important thing,” Crawford said. “I was so nervous coming on the first day, but I had a smile on my face.”

Stauff will miss her clients and the relationships she has forged along the way, and thanks Jackson for trusting her with all their haircut needs.

“It just makes you feel like you’re part of the family,” she said. “But I put you in good hands.”

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