Joseph DeGennaro, Sr.
began his career in the profession of barbering at the age of 15 as an
apprentice barber in Altoona, PA. He served three years in this
capacity and passed his state boards the same year he graduated from
high school in 1961. At the age of 18, he was the youngest
barber in Pennsylvania.
He purchased the
two-chair salon where he was employed in 1968 and the name "Razor's
Edge" was born. Mr. DeGennaro moved his business to Greenwood in
1970. Before long he out grew this facility and, in 1975, moved
to this present location, In 1981, the Greenwood location was
further expanded and remodeled.
To satisfy his many
clients from the southern end of Blair County, Mr. DeGennaro opened a
second Razor's Edge on Blair Street in Hollidaysburg in 1984. In
1988, he purchased a home on N. Juniata Street and converted this one
hundred year-old home into a modern up-scale salon.
In 1997, Mr. DeGennaro
decided to totally renovate the Razor's Edge in Greenwood and it is
considered the most modern full-service salon in Blair County!
Mr. DeGennaro completed
many hours of advanced training from national and international
acclaimed hair designers in New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Cleveland,
Pittsburgh, Florida and Philadelphia. Among many awards he has
won are: 1978 PA State Hairstyling Champion; 1980 First Runner-Up in
the PA State Hairstyling Competition; Member of the 1980 Olympic
International Team Competition in Atlanta, Georgia; 1982 Blue Ribbon
National Award for New Man Hair Replacement; and countless other
awards for excellence in retail sales in men's and ladies' hair
designing. He is past president of A.M.B.B.A. Chapter 1376 and
is Educator-Demonstrator for this professional organization.
In 1997, the Razor's
Edge was voted the #1 salon in Blair County by the Altoona Mirror's
Peoples Choice Awards.
The Razor's Edge has
raised thousands of dollars for Easter Seals with its fashion shows,
Cutting Carnival, and back to school Cut-a-Thons.
The Razor's Edge is
recognized as a leader in men's, ladies' and children's hairstyling
and is the most modern full-service salon in the area.
In 2008 The Blair County
Chamber of Commerce honored Joe as the Small Businessman of the Year.
In 2011, The Razorís Edge was awarded Excellence in Small Business during the annual Chamber Hall of Fame Awards event.