I've heard, and seen, J Salon before but I never had the chance to visit. Located at Ward Plaza the chic, minimalistic interior now houses a unique barber shop pop-up for the modern man seeking a traditional, clean, quick cut. Enter through the glass doors and you will turn the corner to the right and find a cozy room with 2 barber chairs. This room with its Elvis tunes took us back in time and to a major metropolitan city somewhere on the East Coast. The iconic barber shop red, blue and white striped pole spins on the wall and welcomes you to a room filled with historic family images, antique barber shop finds and special grooming waxes, tonics, creams and foams.
,Phil's Barber Shop opened about a month ago and is considered a pop-up because they are looking for a larger, more permanent location at the moment. This nook, which used to be the office for J Salon, offers a wooden bench to sit and an outdoor seating area, but realistically only has two chairs which can be used for men's classic cuts and straight-razor shaves.
My husband Daniel hasn't had a hair cut since he shaved his head about 5 months ago. So, I was eager to get him seated in the chair and have his first barber shop cut by the owner, Vidal Sassoon educator and former art director, Joe Randazzo. Joe named the barber shop after his grandfather Phil who established his own 'Phil's Barber Shop' in the front room of his Michigan home back in 1931. It's a bit fortuitous that Joe went on to become a noted hairstylist like his grandfather whom he never had the chance to meet before he passed. Phil's legacy lives on in Joe's cuts, colors and memorable smile.
Overall, this was a unique, fun, interesting and very cool experience. We both took lots of photos of the pop-up shop as it was such a surprise to walk in and be swept away to another era. For guys seeking a true gentleman's cut without the awkward vibes of being in a feminine salon, amongst the ladies who lunch, this is a great escape to get groomed and leave feeling oh so handsome and masculine.
A Phil's Barber Shop haircut is only $40
Haircut with Joe is $60 *note his men cuts start at $140 in J Salon
They also offer a gentleman's shave featuring a traditional straight razor. Details on that will be posted in my next blog... And so many men, co-workers and friends are really excited about that one.
More information can be found at http://www.philsbarber.com or call 550-4441, email firstname.lastname@example.org