The Callow family is celebrating 60 years in business at 7 Market Place, Market Deeping. However, much has changed since they took over a barbershop all those years ago…
In 1959, a Barber shop was put up for sale and after seeing the advert in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph (in which his fish and chips were wrapped!) Mr John Callow, duly bought it. After some refurbishment, he opened Callow’s Barbers Shop on Saturday 28th November 1959.
Known by everyone as Dick he then ran the Barbers Shop for a staggering 58 years until he decided to retire on his 87th birthday, finishing on Saturday 11th November 2017. Sadly Dick passed away from Motor Neurone Disease on 26th September 2018.
However, the family name of Callow’s continues and the barber shop has since been run by Penny Avison, still under the Callow name.
The biggest change is that the traditional sweetshop and tobacconist, run for 37 years since 1981 by Dick’s son, Howard, was transformed in February of this year into a unique cigar and spirit emporium called The Cigar Box. With a full range of handmade Cuban Cigars and a smaller range of New World cigars. Howard also stocks Italian, Irish and French-made pipes.
The Cigar Box also boasts a wonderfully diverse range of specialty spirits, those not found elsewhere on the High Street and Howard has introduced sampling evenings for his customers to try his range of both drinks and cigars. “I can provide a very congenial atmosphere for my customers and many are returning time and time again for what has been called the gentleman’s equivalent of Afternoon Tea!”
The name J R Callow & Son still remains above the shop in tribute to his father and on Thursday 28th November the shop marks 60 years in business for the Callow family, no mean feat in these very demanding times on the High Street.
Congratulations to the Callows!