Casebiers bring ol’ fashioned cuts to Marietta for four generations
by Sally Litchfield
May 26, 2013 12:00 AM | 3381 views | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fourth-generation barber Clint Casebier poses with his father, Kerry Casebier, as Kerry holds a photograph of himself with his father, Wayne, and grandfather Edwin Casebier. Kerry is the owner of Terrace Barber Shop in Marietta where he and Clint work.
Fourth-generation barber Clint Casebier poses with his father, Kerry Casebier, as Kerry holds a photograph of himself with his father, Wayne, and grandfather Edwin Casebier. Kerry is the owner of Terrace Barber Shop in Marietta where he and Clint work.
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Terrace Barber Shop isn’t just any barber shop where men enjoy traditional haircuts like flat tops and straight razor shaves — it’s a family tradition where generations of barbers work.

“I grew up in a barber shop,” said Kerry Casebier, third generation barber and owner of Terrace Barber Shop in Marietta.

Four generations of Casebiers have been barbers including Kerry Casebier’s grandfather Edwin, father Wayne, and his son Clint, fourth-generation, who graduated from Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs and works at Terrace Barber Shop. Two other multi-generational barbers, Dean Holt (third) and Harvey Pfeiffer (second) work at the shop as well.

Kerry Casebier’s brothers, Kevin and Kraig, also barbered at the shop at one time. His wife, Debbie, and sister-in-law are stylists at other locations.

“It’s a family curse,” Kerry Casebier joked. The Casebiers have another son, Cody.

Terrace Barber Shop has been on Windy Hill Road since 1983 when his father moved from Louisville, Ky., and opened the shop.

“When (my dad) started they were the only business on the corner. We’re the oldest thing in the shopping center. From Terrell Mill down to the (Chattahoochee) river we might be the oldest running business in this area,” the west Cobb resident said.

Kerry Casebier’s mother preferred Kentucky so Casebier took over the shop in 1985. There were two things Casebier swore he would never do — cut hair and leave Kentucky.

“You see where I’m at and what I’m doing,” Casebier said, laughing. He started cutting hair at age 20.

“We’re too dumb to do anything else,” Casebier teased. “You try to do other things but it’s just something you migrate to. It starts out with what my dad told me. Start cutting hair and you can support yourself while you find something else you want to do.”

Barbering is in Casebier’s blood, and he likes the interaction with his clients. “I’ve never minded going to work. You get to meet a lot of interesting people. It wouldn’t be fun if you didn’t have relationships,” he said.

Listening is an important part of Casebier’s 60-hour workweek. He estimates he gives 20 haircuts per day, five days a week. “You’ve got to be able to listen to people and interpret what they want. You’ve got to have an artistic knack,” he said.

“We’re an old-fashioned barber shop. We’re not a salon. We have a lot of CEOs that come to get a haircut because they just want a haircut” Casebier said.

The shop is at 3000 Windy Hill Road SE at Windy Hill and Powers Ferry roads.
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Tammy Osier
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October 22, 2013
Jacki, when exactly did your Dad retire and sell the shop? Seems I remember growing up with your dad owning that shop and my Dad owning the one in Shallowford. Our Dad's went to barber school together (1960's) and barbering dad's were all we knew growing up.

Growing up in a shop was a great experience. A Barber is more than just a barber. They grow customers for life. I remember getting season tickets to baseball and foot ball games downtown because my Dad cut their hair. My Dad cut the hair of the president of Waffle House, and then the next generation (his son). We still know him to this day.
Jacki McFarland
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October 18, 2013
This shop was opened and owned by James R Flannagan (Dick) Was not purchased until 2005 by Kerry and never owned by anyone else. This shops legacy belongs to Dick Flannagan
Larry Adams
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May 31, 2013
I can top that! I've been a customer since 1984, when I moved here! Kerry has watched my kids grow up as he cut my son's hair and my wife and daughter would come in after having their hair styled at the "Salon" in the same shopping center. I, like franksully wrote here earlier, am friends and am proud to know the Casebier's. Don't let Kerry fool you though, he is extremely intelligent, has more common sense than most families, is a talented wood carver, musician, story-teller, hunter, Terry Bradshaw bust collector (you'll know what this means once you sit down to get a haircut), and a budding fly fisherman. I'm just sorry he doesn't take appointments now that this article is going to make him famous. But if I have to wait for my haircut - I will.
franksully
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May 26, 2013
I have been a customer of this shop for close to 15 years. I am proud to know the Casebier family and call them friends. Terrace Barber Shop is a great place for a haircut and conversation. Like Kerry said, it is all about the relationships.
Johnnymack1296
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October 18, 2013
His dad didnt start this shop. Dick Flannagan openec this shop and sold it to him when he retired. What false advertisement

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