SYRACUSE, N.Y. (N.C.C. News) — Collins Barbershop has been a mainstay in the Syracuse community for over half a century. The owners, Charleston Collins Sr., has cultivated a well-respected, clean cut environment of faith, where constant conversation, sports debates, and wisdom and advice are constantly passed from one generation to the next. As long as you respect Charleston’s, referred to as
“Sarge” by his wife Mrs. Mary Collins, rules and the history of the place, you’re welcomed with open arms.
This iteration of the Collin’s barbershop has found a new home on Erie Boulevard after moving from Kennedy Square less than a year ago. With the new move, and Sarge’s faith and love of the community, he stumbled upon Rise Above Property. Their toiletry collection drive, was created to to provide kids within the Syracuse City School District with body wash, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, and other essentials.
For Charleston, hosting the drive in the shop is a way to pay homage to his father, Carlton Collins Sr., the first barber in the Collins family line, and the genesis of the Collins barbershop family legacy.
Carlton Collins Sr, born in Georgia and raised in Florida, overcame poverty and prejudice in the deep South to establish a legacy for his family, and the hardships his father endured aren’t lost on Mr. Charleston. With the responsibility now squarely on his shoulders, he’s been sure, with hosting events like the collection drive, to protect the sacred legacy and reputation that preceded him.
With his son, Tyson, a barber in the chair directly next to his dad’s, and Ms. Mary holding down the adjacent salon next to the barbershop, Mr. Carlton would be proud of the blueprint Sarge is laying down for his family, and for the generations behind him to follow. In short, with the work Sarge is doing in the community, he’s truly helping Syracuse rise above poverty in every way possible.