Shop Destroyed, Delco Barber, 84, Finds New Temporary Home in a Beauty Salon

Image via Ed Hille for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joe Reilly and Rosanne DiDomenicis.

Joe Reilly was walking up the stairs from his barbershop when he heard a bomb going off, writes Anna Orso for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 84-year-old barber found, not a bomb, but a red Subaru  entirely inside his Aston storefront.

Five employees and a patron inside were missed but the front of Reilly’s 54-year-old business was destroyed and the building rendered structurally unstable.

Returning Reilly’s Hairstyling to full use would take a couple of months, time when he’d be out of work.

Rosanne DiDomenicis had her own nearby salon and started to cry when she saw Reilly’s shock on his face the day of the May 8 accident. She offered him a couple of chairs at her salon until he got back on his feet.

He initially balked but Reilly missed his customers, so he took DiDomenicis up on her offer..

For the last several weeks, this 84-year-old Irish man has been seeing longtime clients inside Bei Capelli.

“He’s one of us. He just fits in,” Roseanne DiDomenicis said. “This is a family here, and now he’s a part of it.”

The women who worked for Reilly have also landed elsewhere for the time being.

Read more about Joe Reilly here.

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