By Lynne Jungman
The familiar candy stripe barbershop pole proudly identifies Ravinia Barber Shop at 584 Roger Williams Avenue in Ravinia. This shop, now owned by Vince Pisto, was recently awarded a 2012 Business Recognition Award for being part of the Community for over 50 years. Unfortunately, the award was not a replica of the proud pole with the white and red stripe. In the Middle Ages barbers were also surgeons, with red representing that profession, and white the hair trimming. Nevertheless, the handsomely framed certificate of appreciation is in a place of honor in the shop.
Vince is a native of southern Italy, from the region of Campagna, and came to the United States in 1958, and like many immigrants, seeking "a better life". He began working in a factory but soon decided on Barber School, which he attended in Chicago. Clipping and cutting was to his liking and continues to be. Bob Clark, who some may remember, formerly owned the Barber Shop but sold the business to Vince thirty-five years ago.
As a successful, small business owner, he is now a fixture in the Ravinia neighborhood with many loyal customers. The business grew enough for Vince to employ Tanya a few years ago. She now has a following of female and male customers enjoying her stylish haircuts and engaging personality. Recently, Denise was added to staff. She comes with twenty years in the hair styling business. So, ladies don't be afraid of going to a barbershop; you'll get stylish cuts at bargain prices!
Vince and his wife live in a local suburb and are the proud parents of three grown children and three grandchildren. Thank you Vince for your years as a businessman in Ravinia and stay with us for many more.