Retirement Announcement

This message is to all my valued customers.

I want all of you to know that after 23 years of owning and operating Hahn’s Barber Shop, I will be officially and permanently retiring. My last day at work in the shop will be Saturday, December 15, 2018. I will be working my regular business hours between now and that date. The most important things I want to tell you is THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THESE WONDERFUL YEARS AND MEMORIES!!!

   Many of you have been with me since the beginning, and the majority of the rest of you have been with me for over 10 years. I cannot express how much I appreciate your loyalty. Many of you men were little children when our journey began. My customer base has been like an extended family to me. May I also take this last opportunity to thank all of you who have served or currently serving in the United States military, I love you all for your sacrifice and service to our beloved country. MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!  I will miss most of all, the close interactions that I have shared with the majority of you. It has been my honor to get to know and serve each and every one of you. My prayer request book always seemed to be full. I loved praying for you and your requests.  I will deeply cherish all my memories with you guys and your families forever.

The reason for my early retirement is, I have been recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. This will require constant monitoring, surgeries and treatments for the rest of my life. This will also require a lot of down time and recovery time during working hours. I do not want to inconvenience my customers by constantly closing my shop. My wife and I took a long look at our finances, and I am happy to say that we can live the rest of our lives very comfortably financially. My doctor assures me that I will most likely be able to outlive this kind of cancer. I tell you these things so you will not worry about me. My wife and I and close family have prayed about this decision since the diagnoses. We feel direction and peace from God in this retirement decision. I am so grateful to God for his loving care. I plan on keeping my barber shop phone number and my web site up and running for at least three to four months after my retirement, so all of my customers will be able to be properly thanked and informed of my reason for early retirement.

As all of you know, I am a people person. This will give me extra time to spend with my family, friends, church and charities. I want to be the best Grandpa in the world!!!

My landlord’s current plan is to keep the building a barber shop and rent to a new barber or barbers. I don’t know who they will be, but it might be a good idea to try them out. I will do my best to meet with them and fill them in on how I ran things here. All I can do is hope they will carry on the old school barber shop traditions.

I would love to see as many of you as possible prior to my retirement. Please stop by for a haircut, or just a visit if you can.

Sincerely your Personal Barber and Friend,
David Paul Hahn Sr.

71 thoughts on “Retirement Announcement”

  1. I’m so sad right now.. but I’m happy that u will b spending time with your grandbaby and family I wish you the best. My husband will b there tomorrow. Good luck in e everything and with your treatment

  2. Thank you for all of the years of haircuts, advice, prayers, laughs, wisdom, and most of all friendship. You will be missed in the shop and no one could ever fill the chair of David Hahn Sr.

  3. Dave, You don’t know me but I was helping my best friend find a barber to fix his bad haircut and came across your yelp page and I read all the reviews and honestly I felt like I knew you and told him he had to go to you. The remarks people were saying I thought to myself that is what I want people to think of me. I had a great feeling in my heart. Then I went to your website and my heart broke reading about your cancer. My dad had cancer and he was a wonderful Christian man that I looked up to, he was my hero and role model. It sounds like you have touched many peoples lives as well as ones you have never met. I will pray for God’s healing hands over you body. Its beautiful to know there are still amazing people in this world. So my best friend, Aaron, got in this morning with you and he text me right away saying how much I would of liked talking to you, he said he felt like he was in church. That brought me happiness to know how much he enjoyed talking to you and you did an amazing job on his hair. He doesn’t believe in God but knows I am a Christian and he respects my beliefs and really did enjoy your conversation. I feel like God had his hand in this one:) I just thought you should know that you touch peoples lives that you have never met. God bless . Have a wonderful day.

  4. Hi David,

    I first came into your shop after hearing that you give nice haircuts for a good price. Three years later, I continue to realize it was more which kept me coming back. It’s you. You’re a fantastic person with a warm soul. The abundance of humility, respect, and love of friends and family that you express are truly an inspiration. I wish you well in your future endeavors and many, many happy years in retirement!

    PS: My marine sister that you always mention wishes you well too!

  5. Dear brother David,
    It was gratifying to read your Retirement notice. You chose a vocation that did far more than generate income. You built a business of caring for people. I know you have ingratiated yourself to many of your clients over the years. Your love for them and willingness to listen and pray for them is a testimony of your genuine loyalty and love.

    We all are saddened to learn of your health situation, but know you will do everything you can to beat this thing! You can count on our prayers in your behalf. God is more than able to bring healing and restoration!I

    We love you David and wish you a great retirement.

    Brother Ray & Olivia

    1. All I can say is, I LOVE YOU BOTH !!! That was the most wonderful message you have ever said to me brother.

      Love your baby, (60 year old ) brother, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  6. Hi David, this is your brother John, what a well written announcement of your happy retirement plans. I’m glad to see that you want to be more involved with Clairemont Emmanuel and other charities and of course spending more time with your grand baby. Knowing you you will have plenty to do in your retirement and after being retired myself for 11 years, I highly recommend it. I know that you will have a total blast with all your freedom. I hope the Lord speaks to you and getting involved in some ministries at church, that would be meaningful and give you purpose for your life. You’re in my prayers a lot for good restorative health. I love you brother. John.

    1. Dear brother John, I LOVE YOU !!! It is so awesome to have the level of support and prayers that you, our family, friends, and my customers are pouring out on me and my wife !!! I will cherish your letter always.

      Love your baby (60 year old) brother, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  7. Dear Mr. Hahn,
    I remember the first time I ever came into your shop. I usually went to all sorts of different barbers and would never really stick with one but after my first haircut with you, getting a haircut changed completely for me. I actually became excited over something so simple, going to get a haircut. You made it more than that though. Every time I went it was like seeing an old friend, even though you have many customers that have been with you for longer. I felt like I could talk to you about anything including music, my problems, and God. You’ll never know how much that meant to me. Ever since I’ve known you, I haven’t gone to another barber, even if you were on vacation and my hair got so bad that I had to hide it with a hat. Even now I can’t imagine ever having another barber to replace you, and that’s because nobody can. I’m so sad to see you go because I really believe God put me in my life and I hope one day to be as godly, humble, and generous as you. Thank you for not only cutting my hair, but for lending me music and movies, for talking to me when I hit hard times, and for just being a wonderful friend. I hope retirement brings you as much happiness as you have brought to everyone around you because you deserve it. I’ll miss you so much and you will always be in my prayers. Stay strong!

    1. Dear Brandon, I thank you more than words can say. While reading your letter I wiped away tears of joy and pride in you. I have told you again and again that that I would be proud for you to be my son. Your parents are so blessed to have you as their son. I love you!!!

      Your co mentor, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  8. Dear David It has been a pleasure to visit your shop over the years. I fully understand your rational for your retirement. But you are a hard act to follow.

    I will never forget the time I was your only customer at the time, and you were playing Elvis on the video, we ended up singing along. Your love of country and family and our Lord will always stick out in may mind. Also always pointing me out as an old Master Chief.
    David, May you always have fair winds and a following sea. God Bless you and your family.

    1. Dear Robert, Thank you so much for your letter. I appreciate you kind words & Elvis memories with me. I can say to you and all my loyal customer/friends “ELVIS AND I HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING”

      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  9. Dear Mr. Hahn,

    I was so happy that I had an opportunity to drop by your shop before I had to go to work. I want to thank you for your service to Jesus and your community. The men that have gathered in your shop over the years have been blessed by your friendship and prayers. There is no greater measure in God’s eyes than how you love and care for all of his children. This is your legacy. Thank you for always treating my son like he was one of your own. You have been a great example for Brandon.

    With the Greatest Respect,


    1. Dear Brian, Thank you so much for allowing me the honor to take care of you and Brandon’s hair cut needs over the past few years. The best complement I can think of to tell you is your son has all of your awesome caricaturists!!! I love you both.

      Sincerely, David Paul Sr.

  10. Dear Mr. Hahn,

    I was so happy that I had an opportunity to stop by your shop before going to work yesterday. Thank you for your years of service to Jesus and your community. The love, prayers, and friendship you have provided to everyone who walks through your doors is your legacy. You have made God happy with the love you shared with all of his children. Thank you for being such a great mentor and example for my son Brandon.

    With the Greatest Respect and Love,


    1. Dear Brian,You outdid yourself with 2 comments.I only can say again, I love you and your son!!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  11. Hey, Dave! Your good ‘ol fried chicken legged buddy Kirk Hensley here. A lotta guys out there will say it’s a shame that Hahn’s scraped its walls out and shut down the show, but as it has been said, all good things must come to and end. You know I rolled by for your kind of haircut, your kind of camaraderie, and the colorful stories that came from the line that waited the buzz. But all your friends, family, clients came there definitely because of you.
    There’s a shortage of good men out there, Dave. There are…a few of us…that are trying to make up for that shortage, and you are one of them. Stay with us while you fight this monster and keep showing the impressionable guys out there what it is to bee that good man. I’m fighting with you even though you were Army. (Joking! Laugh here!) I miss my uniform as I’m sure you miss yours. But we have different uniforms to wear now. They call that uniform “Veteran”. God Bless you and stay well! I know I’ll see you bandying about somewhere in the next few years with an hour and then-some story, talking about how you beat this beast. Until then, fair winds and following seas. –Kirk Hensley, USNMCB 5.

  12. The first I came to your barber shop was for a haircut. The next 19 years was because of you. Your honesty, kindness, respect, courtesy and the list goes on as you are that kind of man. Yesterday was my last haircut from you; one I will not soon forget. I thought that day would never come but sadly it did. We shed a few tears in saying goodbye and understandably so. I wish you nothing but the best in your retirement years. You will be missed. Tino and Family.

    1. Dear Tino, Thank you so much for your letter, loyalty, & friendship. We share the same bladder cancer situation. It is comforting to know I can always reach out to you. I love you and your family!!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  13. Dear Kirk, You truly have a great way of communicating!! Your letter was so awesome and funny. You have always bean able to make me laugh! Thank you so much for your friendship over all these years.
    Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  14. Thank you Dave for all the great hair cuts , and the great discussions. And most of all just being a friend, and always being so positive.I definitely will miss all that, take care of yourself, your wife , and the grandchild . Enjoy your time. Getting a haircut will never be the same .

    1. Dear Tom, You are a true friend in every respect! I will miss you. Thank you so much for helping my younger son’s girlfriend & my father in law get into their brand new cars for such great deals!!!
      Your friend, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  15. Thank you for all the great story’s,hair cuts,and lessons you have told me and I’m going to miss you hope to see you again David.

  16. Going to sure miss you but I understand fully. You’re a great and strong man David and I’m sure you’ll conquer this illness. It was a lot of fun hanging out in the barbershop listening to all of the stories we all shared. My best wishes to you and your family. I know your faith will carry you. Take care my friend. you are loved.

  17. Aloha Dave,
    Hope this finds you already enjoying retirement. Maui’s not a bad place to start the next chapter. Thank you again for all the years of excellent hair cuts and fantastic conversations. It has been a pleasure to know you and consider you a friend.
    Fair Winds and Following Seas
    Bill Hoover

    1. Dear Bill, Thanks for your friendship,Service to our country/both in and now, out of uniform. I loved hearing your (drill sergeant) stories. Thanks again for that awesome Sicilian lunch we had!
      Hura!!! your freind David Paul Hahn Sr.

      P.S. Please remind Bo to send me a letter as you did. (Thanks)

  18. Hello David Hahn, I truly appreciate everything you did for me. I appreciate you for always checking up on me and giving advice when needed. You would also always give the most honest advice one can wish for. Besides being a great friend , you were also a great barber. I would never leave your chair with a bad haircut. Once again, thank you for everything !

    1. Dear Cesar, Thank you for all of your kind wishes for me. It was my honor to listen to you and give you my best advice back. I know you will do great in what ever you do in life!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

      P.S. Please have your brother write me something.

  19. Dave, we want to wish you much happiness in retirement and the joys of grandpa-hood. We wish the best for you and your family. You are a strong and positive man; we are certain that you are a survivor!
    We will certainly be among the hundreds that will miss our interaction with you. A haircut with you was more than just a haircut. Such warm and welcoming people as you are few, and far between.
    We will miss your treasure trove of stories and just the fun of meeting so many others in your shop. God bless you.
    Gregg, Mo, & Cisco

    1. Hi Dave. This is Chris. I’m the other grandfather. It’s been a pleasure to know you. You’ve been one of the best barbers I’ve ever had. You were one of the few old school barbers left around town. You will be missed. I hope you have a great retirement, and good luck in the future. You’re friend, Chris.

    2. Dear three amigos, You guys are all my friends! Thanks for tacking the time to drop off the retirement balloons on my last work day. That meant so much to me. Give bear a big hug for me!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  20. Hi Dave. This is Chris again. I wanted to send you a gift, but don’t know where to send to. If you could give me your address or P.O. box, or if you would like to meet somewhere, we could do that. I would have done this sooner, but I had to get eye surgery. So let me know. See you later. Chris

    1. Dear Chris,
      It was so good talking to you a few days ago! Thank you so much for your friendship over the past years! I love the Elvis Fan parking sign that
      you mailed to me! I will attach it to my house, in front of our driveway.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  21. Sorry I missed you prior to closing. I just checked the web and discovered that you were closing. Hard to believe it’s been 23 years. I remember your first shop and the move to the present location. I will miss the comradery most of all.

    God bless you and keep the faith. If you ever want to go to the USS Midway, email me.

    1. Dear George, Thanks for being a friend! Thanks for your service chief !!!
      Thanks for your loyalty all of these years.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  22. Over 20 years ago I discovered Hahn’s Barber Shop down the alley from my shop in lemon Grove. It was very convenient to run down there and quickly get my haircut and be back at work. When David moved down Broadway to his current location, the shop really took on his personality and beliefs. Hahn’s Barber Shop became more than just a barbershop. A place with no dirty magazines or cussing, but a place of good Christian fellowship and of course a good haircut. I had brought my good friend master chief Bob, one time and he was hooked. Since that time we would plan a week in advance when we were going to go and get our haircut. We will miss David as a Barber, as a Christian brother, and as a friend. We pray that God will bless him and his family, and heal David. We all will miss his friendship and fellowship. God Bless you.

    1. Dear Don, Thanks for being such a great friend in Jesus ! We go back to the beginning. Thanks for the new massager. I love you and your best friend Master Chief Bob.
      Sincerely David Paul Hahn Sr.

  23. I will miss my barber and friend of 23 plus years. Finding a good barber is quite an ordeal. Barbers come and they go but Dave lasted as my barber for what seems like a lifetime. Dave was not a good barber he was a great barber. Not only was he a great barber he was a great story teller, he always had a story to tell when you were waiting for or getting a haircut, Customers (friends) would line up hours before he opened at 8:30 am on Saturday’s the only day a working man could get a hair cut. The plan was to get there early to be 1st in line, yeah right get there at 7:00 am and to your surprise there would be 3 people waiting some we surmised had camped out overnight to be 1st in line….lol. Dave I will miss you and wish you the best in your retirement. Take care and God Bless. Tim Childers your fiend.

    1. Dear Tim, Thank you for being such a faithful, loyal, & true friend and customer. Reading your letter brought tears of joy to me. Thank for the new Norelco razor you gave me. I will truly miss you!!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

      P.S. Please try to help your Dad and Vietnam veteran brother to send me a letter trough this system.

  24. I first met Dave a little over 17 years ago. After having some issues with the shop that I had been patronizing for a few years, I set out looking for a new barber.
    From my first visit with my two young boys I knew that Hahn’s was my new home. Right away, I could tell that Dave and I had a lot in common and both of my sons, 5 & 7 at the time. actually looked forward to getting their hair cut.
    Over the years our relationship grew into a great friendship. Dave cares for my boys like his own. He is always telling me how proud of them he is and he has gone above and beyond to help them out.
    Dave is a special person, and although I know we will remain friends, I will certainly miss, and I am sad that many others will miss, seeing him in action in his shop. It was definitely a sight to behold.
    I know that God has another plan for you Dave. I just can’t wait to see where he takes you next. But whatever it is, I know that you will faithfully and joyfully execute His plan.
    See you ’round brother.

    1. Dear Mike, Thanks for being such a strong Christian friend to me. We can talk to each other about anything! It has been a honor to know and serve you and your son’s over the years. My wife and I had so much fun at your son’s wedding. Stay in touch please.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  25. Dave, I met you when you were fixing up your shop. I went to that shop when Tommy was there. I never left. I have never had a relationship with any Barber like I had with you. We are praying that you will have a swift recovery and a long life to enjoy being with your family. It has been an honor to watch the shop while you were gone. I will miss the stories about our lives.

    Your brother in faith, Mike

    1. Dear Mike, Thank you for all of your heartfelt words. I remember praying for your Mother in law during her Alzheimer etc. Thank you for your service to our country! Thank you so much for keeping watch on my little Barber Shop.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  26. David,
    For the last 12 years you have been a consistent presence in my life. Every three weeks I was able to talk with you, share with you and discuss current events and history. You always offered support and kind words through the ups and downs of my life. I never felt anything but positivity from you and always felt better when I left your shop. Thank you for sharing your stories, your friendship and especially your faith. You have had a significant impact on so many people’s lives. Not many can say that. You will be missed in the Lemon Grove community. I am sure though that as you enter this next phase of your life, you will find a way to share all of yourself with others and continue your journey as a man of great faith. And thank you for the great haircuts.

    Thank you for your service in the United States Army!


    1. Dear Bruce, You were one of my closest friends in my Barber Shop. We sure had some good times.Going to the Padres games where fun. It was my Honor to pray for your precious Mother through her final days. Stay in touch brother, so long from one Grampa to another.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  27. Hi David,

    My family and I wish you the best and a speedy recovery. Little Henry will be cheering for you. Best of luck with your retirement.


    1. Dear Shawn, Thanks for your loyalty all these years. It was so nice to finally meet little Henry shortly before my retirement.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  28. Wow David I just got back from running down to your shop and read the sign. I myself was just diagnosed with esophageal cancer, so I have an idea of what you are going through. Have you had a PET scan to check if it has spread? I had one last week and it has not metastasized for me yet, hopefully you are in the same boat.

    1. Dear Mike, Thank you so much for sharing your story with me, and giving me encouragement.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  29. On behalf of myself, Gerrit Hoevers and long time customer, Dave Wells, (that funny 91 year old guy) we wish you a full and speedy recovery. We are very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Please take care. We are rooting for you!

  30. Since my first time entering the barbershop it became very clear that it was not similar to any barbershops i’ve been to. Instead of quietly cutting my hair, you spoke to anyone that would listen. You spoke from the heart and told stories that I couldn’t fathom hearing anywhere else. From that day onward instead of driving the half an hour dive to get a haircut, I came for you, for your stories. Thank you for your stories and the morals you have taught me along the way. I can undoubtedly say you have been the best barber I have had the pleasure to meet.

    1. Dear Felix, Thank you so much for your very kind words to me! It has been so much fun having you and your Dad come to me. I am not sure you has the higher IQ I think it’s a tie. (ha ha)
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

      P.S. Please have your Father write me a note through this system.

  31. I am happy for you David. I’m sure it’s a tough decision to make but the right one. Since there are no guarantees in life enjoy every moment of it. We will all pray for you so be tough and beat this cancer. Thank you again for all the great haircuts and great conversations we had together in the barber shop.

    1. Dear Piero, Thanks for you awesome letter! Thanks for all the years. Thanks for all the times you have helped me with servicing/advice on our Toyota’s. God Bless You , Your Wife , And Your Two Children !!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  32. I’ve been a customer of yours ever since Bill Ware closed his shop. I am so sorry to hear of your medical situation. I always enjoyed the banter while in your shop the 3 or 4 times I was able to make in in for a haircut. Yes, the members of the canoe club always outnumbered the army grunts in your shop. God bless you and your family in this time of tribulation.

  33. Good morning Mr. David,
    This is Annette the mother of Hugo and step mother of Joel. It was a great pleasure having you as my sons barber. Even though it was only a short time it felt like we had known you for such a long time. My son is very picky of who he let’s cut his hair and for some reason he had an immediate connection with you and had to go back to you. Sometimes we couldn’t get to you and we had to go else where and he would be upset. He will always remember you giving him root beer candy and the story of the frog 😂. We wish you a happy new year and a lifetime of good health and blessings. Best wishes always The Ochoa family. (Happy retirement)

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