Floyds City Barber Shop
Mount Airy, North Carolina
Floyd, whose real name is Russel Hiatt, began barbering in Mount Airy in the late 1940s, and was the inspiration for Floyd the barber in The Andy Griffith Show. He had planned to retire at 65, but then Mount Airy was reborn as "Mayberry" and his barber shop was renamed "Floyd's" (which wasn't his idea). Business boomed. Floyd was inducted into the National Barbers Hall of Fame. He estimates that a half-million people have signed his guest book since 1989 (the year of the rebirth). Floyd is now retired (he was born in 1923) but still hangs out at the barber shop, and you can still get your hair cut there. The wall opposite the barber chair is covered with 35,000 photos, all carefully thumbtacked in place, of people who've visited. Our favorite: Lou "Incredible Hulk" Ferrigno.