A CUT ABOVE: Keith Lipke has been in business as a barber in Nambour for 60 years.
A CUT ABOVE: Keith Lipke has been in business as a barber in Nambour for 60 years. John McCutcheon

Keith keeps clipping for 60 vibrant years

JUST like a great haircut Keith Lipke has never gone out of style.

The barber has been in business in the same shop in Queen St, Nambour, for 60 years and credits his cutting success to good old fashioned service.

The 80-year-old first picked up a pair of scissors as a young hair apprentice at his father's barber shop in Mary St, Gympie.

Eager to set out on his own he looked further down the Coast for his fresh start.

"I was looking to a place where I could settle down and I thought Nambour was a very clean, good town to do just that," he said.

He found Queen St.

"It was a new street, a back alley for the shops in Currie St, but in 1956 they made it into Queen st and I came when they opened the buildings.

"I've been there ever since."

 

CLICK GO THE CLIPPERS: Keith Lipke has been cutting hair for 60 years on Queen St.
CLICK GO THE CLIPPERS: Keith Lipke has been cutting hair for 60 years on Queen St. Contributed

60 years later he can claim to have given former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd his first haircut, and can put rest to rumours whether the Queen visited Nambour.

"At the time the council was wondering what to call the buildings and the street, and the Queen came to Melbourne so they said, 'Why not call it Queen St?' and the building that was built was called Olympic House after the Olympic games.

He said Queen St continued to pioneer progress in Nambour.

"I think it's very progressive, Queen St is no longer a back street, but a street we can be proud of," Keith said.

He credits his success to hard work, fair prices and authenticity.

"I've tried to keep my shop an authentic old barber shop," he said.

"We have the spinning red and white pole out the front and my barber chair is 100 years old.

"(And) I've always kept my prices down," he said.

It hasn't all been smooth sailing for the local who is in remission from a cancer scare and had just recently had cataracts taken out.

But he's charging on at the advice of his doctor to, "use it or lose it" and believes barber shops have made a comeback.

"Barber shops in New York, London and the major cities of the world are very popular and people prefer to go to the barbershop with their regular barber, it has had a comeback and is very popular for all men," Keith said.

"I'm rearing to go,"

"I've got a lot of spare parts in me and I feel young again."


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