Uniquely Baton Rouge: Webb’s Barber Shop, a Baton Rouge staple for nearly 100 years

Uniquely Baton Rouge
A cut, a line or a shave. Whatever the demand, Webb’s Barber Shop near downtown Baton Rouge has supplied for nearly 100 years. 
 
“My step grandfather, Henry Webb, opened it back up in the late 40’s late 30’s something like that” remembers current owner Lenny Davis.  “He had three step kids; one of them was my father and as time went on I took up the trade and started working here” he said.
 
Folks may recognize the shop’s familiar old blue brick building on Government Street, but what they may not know is that it now stands as one of the only storefronts left in a community once filled by black owned businesses. 
 
“Most of the street was black owned so it was just a pillar in the community” said Davis.  “Everything around here was black owned all of your stores all of your businesses, hotels was black owned
so it was just a part of the community” he said.
 
Decades later, Webb’s is still just as much a part of the communuty as it always has been; serving as a sanctuary, a school and a safe place all at once. 
 
“It’s a meeting place where people come together you’ll find out a lot, you’ll meet a lot of business people, people get jobs here… all kinds of things.  We talk sports, politics all kinds of things” said Davis.
 
If you ask Lenny today how the shop has survived for so long, he’ll tell you it’s all about keeping it in the family. And he hopes the community will keep the shop a part of their family for generations to come.

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