With slideshow: Pitts barber Joe Sawaya cuts three generations of family's hair, still going strong
Lon Horwedel | AnnArbor.com
Three generations of Allis family men gathered at Pitts Barber Shop last week for just such an occasion. It was high time the youngest, one-year-old Leo, got his first haircut. Accompanied by his father, David of Ypsilanti Township, his grandfather, Lyle, and his mother and siblings, Leo got his first cut courtesy of barber Joe Sawaya.
The Allis family's connection with Sawaya dates back to 1958, when Sawaya first cut Lyle Allis's hair. Sawaya opened Pitts Barber shop in 1957, and although he sold it in 1995, he still barbers there part-time.
Sawaya gave David Allis his very first haircut in 1966, and now Leo follows his older brothers Gabriel, 9, and Michael, 3, as the latest Allis boy to call Sawaya their barber.
Sawaya said if he lives long enough, he'll cut the next generation of Allis boys' hair as well.
"I like to make people look good — that's what I do. When I can't make people look good anymore, I'll stop cutting hair," Sawaya said.
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