Wing’s Barber Shop was one of the longest-running businesses in downtown Story City’s, but Lyle Wing closed up shop earlier this year due to health concerns.
He’d been in business for 57 years — ever since he bought George Nibe’s barber shop back in 1961.
The change of ownership was announced in the Story City Herald on Dec. 28, 1961, when both Nibe and Wing ran ads about it.
“Mr. Wing comes to Story City with the highest recommendations as an experienced barber,” Nibe wrote in his announcement.
Wing was not long out of barber school in Des Moines, but he already had good experience barbering in Ames and Gowrie before purchasing Nibe’s shop.
Wing quickly became well-known for his precision barbering. His specialty was flattops, he said.
“I really enjoyed having a barber shop here in Story City,” Wing said. “But my health just won’t let me keep going.”
Wing said he chose barbering based on his father’s advice. He was college age and not sure what career to pursue when his dad suggested barber school.
Lyle’s father had another positive impact on his career when he found out that Nibe’s shop in Story City was for sale.
“From the moment we came to town, we just felt so welcome,” said Lyle’s wife Janet.
Wing was active in many community organizations, including the Jaycees, volunteer fire department, bowling and golf leagues, and the local chamber.
“We want to say thank you for all of the support we’ve gotten from people in Story City and the surrounding areas, including Ames, Des Moines, Hubbard, Webster City, Jewell and Roland,” Wing said. “I have customers from all over the area, and I always really appreciated them.”
Wing’s shop at 510 Broad St. will be the new location for Pete Tekippe Photography.
Watch for an article next in next week’s Herald about Tekippe’s business.