Mackie's celebrates 20 years at Central Ave.

Mackie's staff (Photo by Pat Desmond)

 The corner of Central Avenue and Brook Hill Road has been a barbershop for more than 75 years.

Back in the 1950s it was Al Barone’s Barber Shop and the aroma of Old Spice filled the small storefront. It was a very male environment. A place for a shave and a haircut and maybe a game of chance.

In 2001 the barbershop was taken over by a woman.

On May 1, 2001, Mackie’s Barber Shop opened at 20 Central Ave.

Mackie, who never uses her full name professionally, had a clear vision of what she wanted to keep and what she expected to change.

Her barber shop is a friendly spot – the type of place where everyone knows your name.

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