The idea of owning a barbershop came after our son, Paden Stone, and our son-in-law, Tony Hall, decided to pursue careers as barbers. Paden worked with the late Bill Fleming and Max Floyd at City Barbershop for two years after finishing Starkville Barber College. Tony worked in Tupelo at Varsity Barbershop after also finishing Starkville Barber College. Gary and I purchased the building at 112 East Main Street from my father-in-law Earl Stone. We immediately began restoring the building. We wanted to be historically correct and worked closely with the local Historic Committee to keep with the originality of the building. Restoration began in January 2012 and we opened The Barber’s Chair in May of 2012. Today, the business continues to thrive thanks to all our local and out of town customers.
My family moved to Baldwyn in 1976 from Danville, IL. My father, John Roellgen, was part owner of the Outlaw Press and later JB Printing which were both on Main Street. I graduated from Baldwyn High School in 1982. Married the late Gary Stone, together we had 3 children Kristen Hall (Tony), Stacy Armstrong (Nick) and Paden Stone (Breanna). After raising our children, I decided to go back to school and earned a license in practical nursing. I worked at Sanctuary Hospice until my husband’s health declined in 2016.Presently, I volunteer at the Tree of Life Clinic in Tupelo and work with my daughter, Stacy, at Blue August. I also keep some of my grandchildren and that keeps me busy. I am an active member of Friendship Baptist Church.
I have always felt welcomed in Baldwyn and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love Baldwyn, the hometown feel is like nowhere else. I hope to remain an active business owner on Main Street Baldwyn.
“This building was a labor of LOVE for the downtown,” said Baldwyn Main Street Chamber Director, Lori Tucker. “Gary had a vision and made it happen with the Barber’s Chair building. Paden and Tony have the BEST atmosphere and always participate with downtown events. The Stone family truly knows the meaning of “giving back” and making the community a proud place to live, work, and raise a family. Gary was one of my biggest cheerleaders when I took the Main Street position. He was a wonderful encourager. I can’t recall a time he wasn’t on board with a downtown project. Gary understood the investment process and the positive impact it would have on our community for future generations. This family just makes Baldwyn a better place and I’m proud to call them my friends.”
For information on becoming a member of the Baldwyn Main Street Chamber, call 662-365-1050.