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Barber shop aims for blend of classic, modern style

Published 11/3/2012 in Business : Business

By DEREK THOMPSON

dthompson@gctelegram.com

The barbers at Exclusive Barber Shop and Spa know that men, too, need to be groomed, and want to bring a classic feel with a modern twist to their new business at 218 N. Main St.

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Derek Thompson/Telegram The barbers of Exclusive Barber Shop and Spa stand in front of their new business at 218 N. Main St. in Garden City. From left to right: Joshua Hinde, Chad Yardley, Isaac Esquivel and Miguel Saldana.

Derek Thompson/Telegram The barbers of Exclusive Barber Shop and Spa stand in front of their new business at 218 N. Main St. in Garden City. From left to right: Joshua Hinde, Chad Yardley, Isaac Esquivel and Miguel Saldana.

The shop is owned by Joshua Hinde, Miguel Saldana and Chad Yardley, and combines the trio's various expertise in the hair care industry. Isaac Esquivel also works at the new shop, which opened Thursday.

For example, Saldana offers hair designs, using a person's hair as a sort of canvas to create a variety of images, ranging from faces to words and more.

"That's Miguel's specialty," Hinde, 35, said. "He can draw your face in your hair."

The barbers have worked together at City Cuts, and when the Main Street location that formerly housed Illusions Hair Salon became available, they decided to jump on the opportunity to open their own barber shop.

The owners have painted the location to give it a more masculine feel, with hot-rod red details throughout. The owners say there is a strong market for male haircuts in the area.

"You got your business cuts to your younger kids who want the new trendy styles, from classic taper cuts, shaves, hair designs," Hinde said.

Hoping to set themselves apart from other salons and barber shops in town, Exclusive Barber Shop also offers spa services, such as manicures and pedicures for men, and waxing.

"We thought that we would throw another aspect into the barber shop so that we could offer gentlemen's manicures and pedicures," Hinde said.

Hinde knows that some men may have reservations about getting a manicure or pedicure. That's why they will have two female nail technicians who will work in a back room, outside of the view of other customers, to provide a bit of privacy.

"Men need to be groomed, as well. From my understanding, it's more comfortable for them to be in a secluded area rather than out in the open. Working in a salon previously, guys would come in and want it done, but they would be right there out in the open," he said.

"When you're sitting in a board room or you're at a business meeting and you're just sitting at a table, everybody notices your hair and your hands. If you've got hangnails and dirty nails, that sticks out like a sore thumb," Hinde said.

The spa services aren't relegated to the businessman, either, Saldana, 27, said, adding that "the new era of kids coming up want to get their eyebrows done, so we're also going to offer that, and waxing."

The barbers have a simple goal with Exclusive Barber Shop.

"We're trying to bring back the old, traditional barbering ... with our own modern feel to it," Hinde said, adding that they all owe a lot of credit to their wives. "We don't see that around here."

Exclusive Barber Shop and Spa will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (620) 521-7739 or email exclusivebarbers@gmail.com.

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