The barber called Carl the Butcher is retiring because of the Trader Joe's coming to St. Pete and Lane DeGregory and Melissa Lyttle went to visit him on his last day of work
He unlocked his shop just after 8 a.m., clicked on the neon "Open" sign in the window facing Fourth Street.
To his right, just outside the door, the barber pole was still spinning.
In 46 years, he had never turned it off.
"Cold out there this morning," he said to his partner on Wednesday. "Don't know that we'll get many today."
The shop was small. Three chairs lined the northern wall, but his was separate. They all had cushioned footrests — with ashtrays carved into the right arm. The black seats sagged with the weight of four generations.