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For 20 years, Off The Hook Barbershop has served as a staple of the Castleberry Hill community which is located in downtown Atlanta and near the Atlanta University Center.

On Feb. 25, owner Karl Booker invited family, friends, and customers to celebrate two decades of business. Days before the celebration, Booker spoke to rolling out about longevity and remaining true to the Atlanta community.

“[Off The Hook] plays a big part in the Castleberry community,” he told rolling out. “When we moved here in early 2001, there was nothing on the street. I set out to recruit more black businesses to come to Peter Street. Of course, people couldn’t see the vision or dream. Now, almost 20 years later, Off The Hook is in the center of what happens on Peter Street. We are very active in the neighborhood association. Anything someone comes to me with about participation in the neighborhood, we give back.”


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A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.