Nelson “Mutt” Lassiter has long been the king of Leesburg’s West Loudoun Street business district and last night he wore a crown as his neighbors celebrated his retirement after 58 years at Robinson’s Barber Shop.
Lassiter, 83, began work as a barber in the early 1960s and bought the shop from Robinson in 1968.
Thursday night he was joined by a crowd of well-wishers that included longtime Loudoun Street business neighbors KD Kidder and Neil Steinberg of PhotoWorks; Mike and JoAnn Carroll of Leesburg Vintner; architect Karl Riedel, Mayor Kelly Burk and Councilman Ron Campbell and a host of family members and friends.
“I did alright,” Lassiter said as he reflected on his life and the successes of his family.
Plans are in the works to name the alley on the side of the barber shop in Lassiter’s honor.
“His legacy is not in the naming of an alley. That’ll be a fine thing,” Campbell said. “But his legacy in is how he treated people and the respect he gained by treating everyone with fairness and malice toward none.”