The Roseway Barbershop, 7220 N.E. Sandy Boulevard, will be celebrating 100 years of haircuts on Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free hot dogs, chips and water for customers and neighbors. During the anniversary party, information about the barbershop and its owners over the years will be on display, trinkets will be given away and Roseway Barbershop T-shirts will be on sale.
According to Marty Pinz, the shop’s owner, the building, which is also home to Fairley’s Pharmacy, was constructed in 1914 and Pinz’s space was first listed with the city as a barbershop in 1915. As far as anyone can tell, it’s been a barbershop ever since.
Pinz’s father, Joe Pinz, first purchased the shop in 1956, sold it in 1960 and bought it back again in 1980. Joe Pinz passed away in October of 2007. He was 83 years old and continued to work three days a week up until a few months before he passed away.
“I figure I will retire July, 2040,” said Marty Pinz. “I will be 81 and have barbered for 50 years.”
Marty Pinz started working with his Dad in July of 1990. He graduated from Madison High in 1977 and has been enshrined as a member of the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame. He’s seen some changes over the years.
“A lot has changed,” he said. “Not everything. Businesses have come and gone, but some are still here: the barbershop, Fairley’s Pharmacy, the Roseway Theater.”
“I’ve been proud to sponsor Rose City Little League since 1998,” Pinz said. “My dad sponsored the league back in the 1960s. I have lived in the neighborhood since I was born. I played sports here, helped coach baseball here, sponsored teams here and I’ve organized a golf tournament fundraiser for Madison High School sports for 13 years. I really enjoy giving back to the programs that helped mold me.”
For more information on the barbershop, check out the barbershop’s Facebook page or call (503) 282-9894. The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Come on down and be a part of history,” said Pinz.