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And the Mural of the Story is….

Tony’s Barber Shop gets a new mural in Palmyra

Colorful creation reflects Palmyra’s history

By Danielle DeSisto Staff Writer
Burlingotn County Times, October 23, 2017

Jeffrey Hatfield of Fast Signs in Maple Shade, hangs the new mural that was installed
on Monday to the wall of Tony the Barber on Cinnaminson Ave in Palmyra.
Nancy Rokos – BCT Staff Photojournalist

A crew from Fast Signs of Maple Shade secures the new mural that was installed Monday,
October 23, 2017, to the wall of Tony the Barber on Cinnaminson Ave in Palmyra.
Nancy Rokos – BCT Staff Photojournalist

Mayor Michelle Arnold and Tony’s Co-Owner Joe Ventura add the final touches.

PALMYRA — Residents driving through downtown will likely notice that the wall of the Tony the Barber shop looks a little different.

More colorful. More artistic. More historic.

A 14-foot-by-36-foot mural depicting landmarks in town was hung up Monday. It features old photos of downtown Palmyra circa 1940 and the train station in 1910, as well as current shots of Palmyra High School, the Fire Department and Borough Hall, all set against a backdrop of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.

“It’s something we’ve been working on and talking about for years,” Mayor Michelle Arnold said. “We wanted to pay tribute to the long-standing history of Palmyra.”

The project was proposed nine years ago, but was not made a priority until last year, Arnold said. The design, production and installation cost $5,889. It was designed by resident Ed Rooney, of Penguin Studios.

The mural is printed on vinyl and hangs in an aluminum frame on an exterior wall of the barbershop on Cinnaminson Avenue, resembling a large photo frame on a wall, Arnold said. In the spring, the mural will be expanded to include local businesses that have been in town for 25 years or longer.

“Not many people realize that businesses have been here for decades and are still going strong in little Palmyra,” the mayor said.

Tony the Barber was chosen because of its prominent location. The municipality has a 10-year agreement with the business to hang the mural there.

Joe Ventura, who owns and operates the barbershop with his father, Tony, said they were involved in the design process and were happy to see the mural finally in place. The barbershop will be one of the businesses added to the mural in the spring.

“We’re very excited. This is a long time coming,” Ventura said. “We’re very honored to be a part of it.”

Fire Chief Richard Dreby said the company was humbled to be recognized for its service.

“We’re thrilled that they would think we were an important part of the community to be on the mural,” Dreby said.

The purpose of the mural is to honor Palmyra’s roots as the town looks forward to bringing in new businesses and development, according to Arnold.

“We have a vision for the future. In order to move into the future, we have to embrace the past,” she said.