This Italian Immigrant Has Been Barbering In Foggy Bottom For Nearly Sixty Years

Jun 18, 2019 486

BY: Matt Blitz

Puglisi Barber Shop is busy on a Friday afternoon in mid-May. Chatter echoes through the small space as piles of hair expand on the floor. Tony Puglisi, the shop’s namesake, is in the back finishing up a cut. In a strong Sicilian accent, he can be heard over the din asking the customer if he likes his new ‘do. The answer, as it often has been over the last nearly sixty years, is ‘yes.’

Later, Puglisi is asked what’s the secret to a good haircut. “Just listening to people. If they ask for a certain style or way they want [their hair], do it the way they want.” The 78-year-old has been a staple in Foggy Bottom for six decades. Puglisi and his uncle-in-law set up their first barbershop at 2143 Pennsylvania Avenue in 1960. Thirty years later, they moved across the street to 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue. And earlier this month, the barbershop moved to its third home: an English basement-style space at 2040 I Street (under the former home of Lindy’s Red Lion and next door to Captain Cookie and the Milkman).

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