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My Business - Bob Dascola, Master Barber and Owner, Dascola Barbers

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Bob Dascola

Master barber and owner, Dascola Barbers.

For the past 40 years, Bob Dascola has-cut hair in downtown Ann Arbor. Dascola, 63, is known for much more than being a barber - he's an active community citizen, serving on local boards and acting as a cheerleader of sorts for downtown.

This past weekend, Dascola celebrated his barbershop's 70th year in business.


Bob Dascola sharpens his straight razor while giving a trim to John Hochrein of Scio Township, at Dascola Barbers on South State Street in Ann Arbor.

The store was originally owned by his late father, Dominic Dascola, who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1936 and finished a master's degree in 1937 while working as a barber at the Michigan Union. Dominic Dascola bought a barbershop on East Liberty Street in 1939 and changed the name to Dascola Barbers. His brother, Ernest, was also a barber in town.

Bob Dascola attended* Greene's Barber College in Detroit and worked for his Uncle Ernie until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967. Eventually, he took over his father's barbershop and later moved it to a cozy second-floor space on South State Street, above Ben & Jerry's ice cream store.

■ Biggest challenge:

"Deciding to close the original shop on Liberty Street in
December 2001."

■ Biggest success: "Being on campus for 40 years and moving into appointments."

■ Little known fact: "(I) don't have any, as I am a very
public person and everyone knows me, just ask around."

■ Why I do this: "I love my city and my customers, and serving one another is very important to me."


Watch a video of Bob

Dascola talking about the history of his family's barbershop on video at ann-arbor.

■ If I weren't doing this: "I
would be six feet under the ground if I couldn't do my job."

■ Fun fact: "I was born at Old St. Joe's about seven blocks from where I work."

■ Contact: 734-323-3766. Stefanie Murray, Ann Arbor News

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